Vintage clothing is always in style and consignment shopping for previously loved items is almost like going on a treasure hunt. Always read the care labels before you buy, even with vintage clothing. If there is no label, keep in mind that -older- fabrics and adornments often require special care and dry cleaning. However, a general rule of thumb, especially for higher-end designer pieces, is that the older the piece, the higher the quality, the more handwork, attention to detail, and a tendency for durability.

These ideas from the editors at Vogue should help you get started on your vintage collection.

Vintage Buying Tips
  • Select one or two designers or a time period you love and stick to it. This will help you coordinate different pieces and colors.
  • Look for pieces you need, like pants or a sweater, but don't ignore a rare find at a fantastic price.
  • Learn to spot condition issues. Look at and touch the clothing to make sure it still has life in it. Vintage pieces often get brittle and dry and shatter. If a garment looks like it's cracking, pulling, falling apart, or fading, it's probably wise to leave it.
  • Check for missing buttons and broken zippers, especially around the neckline and around cuffs where small buttons may be hidden. Make sure the belt is still attached. Vintage buttons, belts, and even zippers are difficult, if not impossible, to match.
  • If you find something you love, but that's beyond reach, watch it. The price may go down until you can afford it.
  • Remember to visit the top online consignment stores for vintage clothes including The RealReal, ThredUp, Poshmark, Vestiaraire Collective and, of course, ebay and Etsy.

Once you find your vintage treasures, bring them to DELIA'S Cleaners for cleaning and minor repairs before you wear them for the first time. Then, be sure to give them the proper care by having them cleaned after wearing them once or twice, depending on the garment and use.