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Knowing How Much to Pay For Vintage Clothing

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

Rare and collectible items, such as vintage designer dresses, vintage Cowboy Boots and vintage T Shirts – particularly Band Tees, can be a very good investment as long as the right items are purchased and valued correctly. Unfortunately there is no short cut to learning the real value of Vintage Clothes, footwear and accessories. Careful research must be done in your specific area of choice. Many books and online resources are available on this topic. In addition to the abundance of resources, check out sites like eBay, as well as reputable online clothing stores to see what retail prices they charge for certain items.

The condition of a vintage item is very important for collecting purposes. The item will not appreciate much in value (despite how great an item it is) if the condition is not good. However, if you intend to wear the item and have no intention of collecting it, then the condition is not as important and ultimately ends up being your personal preference. Start your research by learning particular eras. Then you can progress to learning influential designers or manufacturers of that era.

For collecting purpose some people have personal favorites they focus on, while others focus on only what others deem to be collectible. As a starting guide, pre 1970s Vintage Clothing, Vintage Footwear and Vintage accessories were not mass produced and as a result tend to be rarer and obviously more collectible. Post 70’s items, in general tend to be less collectible. However, prices do end up being a simple result of supply and demand. For example, 80’s band Tees, which currently are extremely hard to source will fetch a very high price due to its popularity. Even though they would have been mass produced – the supply and demand equations works out that more people want them then they are available.