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Vintage/Thrift Expert

Vintage and Thrift Stores are often a hidden paradise of fashion potential. Our Vintage Fashion Expert Maddie guides our expeditions into the fashion past... and future!

Take Vintage Fashion Further

Because it is the nature of the vintage store or thrift shop to carry a random assortment of clothing, particular sizes are sometimes very difficult to find. Often you finally spot "the" dress or "the" shirt only to try it on and find that the hem is just a little too long or it is just a little too wide.

Thus, I highly suggest that vintage and thrift junkies take up sewing. Soon that long hem or that wide shirt will be a thing of the past as you learn to tailor in a matter of minutes.

The clothing in vintage and thrift stores also tends to be "as-is," which on one hand allows the prices of vintage and thrift clothes to remain low. On the other hand, this means that whatever Person X did to or spilled on the clothing you are about to buy that is just the way you get it.

Therefore, it is extremely important to inspect your potential purchases very carefully before buying. A large stain embedded in the fabric for the past four decades will probably not be coming out any time soon if at all.

However, a minor tear along a seam can easily be fixed with your brilliant sewing skills. If you choose to be particularly creative, vintage and thrift stores also become wonderful places to buy cheap fabric. Disassemble pieces. Cut them up. Sew several pieces together for a new look. Mix vintage with a newer style for something that is completely unique to you.

You choose not to create an item of clothing at all; maybe the fabric on that retro skirt could become one dope shoulder bag. Rule of thumb: have fun!

Happy Hunting! :)


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Fashion Finds!12/13/99
Fashion Today!11/16/99
Take Vintage Fashion Further!11/08/99
All Good Things Come To Those Who Wait!10/11/99
Fun Cheap Fashion10/04/99

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