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Everything you need to know about caring for your vintage collection

Discussion in 'PUBLIC Vintage Fashion - Ask Questions Get Answers' started by Retro Ruth, Jun 12, 2020.

  1. Retro Ruth

    Retro Ruth Administrator Staff Member

    aka "A down and dirty guide to care and cleaning for the vintage seller"

    Some years back, the wonderful Hollis Jenkins-Evans of Past Perfect Vintage, took the time to share her knowledge on how she cares for her amazing inventory. It began life as a forum workshop, and morphed into an article on the VFG website.

    We've given this piece a make-over and made it easier to navigate. There's a wealth of useful information, and I certainly learnt a thing or two.

    Take a look and tell us what you think. Did you learn anything new? Let us know in this thread.

    Care and Cleaning for the Vintage Seller
     
  2. denisebrain

    denisebrain VFG President Staff Member

    It's a great resource, and the way you've divided it up is very handy and searchable!
     
  3. pastperfect2

    pastperfect2 Trade Member

  4. Retro Ruth

    Retro Ruth Administrator Staff Member

    Yes, well, it was worth special treatment Hollis! I learnt loads from it.
     
  5. Midge

    Midge Trade Member

  6. The Vintage Merchant

    The Vintage Merchant Administrator Staff Member

    what a fantastic and thorough resource!! thanks, Hollis, and thanks, Ruth!!
     
  7. bluevelvetvintage

    bluevelvetvintage Trade Member

    Excellent!
     
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  8. Distantdetails

    Distantdetails Administrator Staff Member

    I DO love this. It's a really nice contribution, and I will keep it in my "special" notebook!
    Thanks, Hollis and Ruth!!!
    beatingHeart
     
  9. Rue_de_la_Paix

    Rue_de_la_Paix Trade Member

  10. Lindsay Deal

    Lindsay Deal Registered Guest

    I'm curious about clear plastic storage containers for polyesters and other synthetics. Any thoughts?
     
  11. claireshaeffer

    claireshaeffer Trade Member

    I read the Documentation several weeks ago. I wish I had had this before I started collecting! Even so, I can make a few changes.
     
  12. Midge

    Midge Trade Member

    @Lindsay Deal The problem with a plastic is that it doesn't "breathe", meaning it's airtight, unlike a cardboard box. Whilst that may keep a lot of things out, this can also create problems for your the clothes stored in there as air can't circulate - and that as far as I know doesn't matter what material the clothing stored in there is made of.
     
  13. Blondzai

    Blondzai Registered Guest

    So can I get some additional confirmations that Orvus is worth it? Is this what everyone uses?
     
  14. denisebrain

    denisebrain VFG President Staff Member

  15. claireshaeffer

    claireshaeffer Trade Member

    The Orvis info Maggie posted is really great.
     
  16. mags_rags

    mags_rags Trade Member

    That is a good link! I use Orvus for handwashing. I have one of those big tubs, which I got at my local Coastal Farm & Auto store in the livestock care section. It will probably last me forever.
     
  17. Blondzai

    Blondzai Registered Guest

    so you also use orvus as your go to for vintage clothes?
     
  18. Blondzai

    Blondzai Registered Guest

  19. denisebrain

    denisebrain VFG President Staff Member

    Me? I haven't used it much, but Hollis (who recommends it in the article) knows her stuff!

    My go to's depend on the item and the condition. There are so many variables. I have certain favorites, and I've worked to find out what's in each of them so I can decide which product or combination of products makes the most sense.
     
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