Vintage Newbie :)

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  1. Stelmyra

    Stelmyra Registered Guest

    Hello everyone!

    I've always loved vintage decor and outfits and have always wished I could tell what style was from what era. It was only today that I stumbled upon the website and this forum and I'm glad I did :)

    I'm looking forward to learning from everyone here and sharing our finds and our love for all things vintage. I've already gone through a few posts and am loving the pictures!
  2. joules

    joules Trade Member

    We're glad you found the site, and look forward to your posts!
  3. Stelmyra

    Stelmyra Registered Guest

    Thank you Joules. Your Etsy shop is full of beautiful finds!

    Currently I'm a stay at home mom and would love to sell vintage things on Etsy. I just need a little more vintage know-how!

    Do you have any tips for pricing things? Any rules that you follow? (And I understand I can't advertise my own wares, per the rules. I'm just grateful for the opportunity to learn!)
  4. sewingmachinegirl

    sewingmachinegirl Administrator

    Hi Stelmyra, and welcome!. I hope you enjoy it here.:)
    Maybe if you do a little swatting up on etsy listings it would help you, kind of a compare and contrast exercise on how different sellers market and price their vintage etc....
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  5. Welcome and glad that you found the VFG will enjoy it and I'm sure we will enjoy what you share here on the Threads!:hiya:
  6. Furwise

    Furwise Administrator Staff Member

    Welcome. Where ever you plan to sell, just follow their guidelines, research what you plan to offer, describe it accurately, show clear photos, describe all flaws, and you will do great. We have a variety of resources here, we have our q&a forum to assist when you need a helping hand, and we have many members who have written books as well as a section that shows where you can get their books should you want to learn more about any specific fashions and/or eras they have written about.
  7. joules

    joules Trade Member

    Why, thank you so very much, for your kind words.

    Gayle and Caryn provide some great advice for getting into it.

    I enjoy buying and selling.
    I always try to shop selectively, for things that have intrinsic quality in terms of materials, construction and design, that additionally are in good, solid condition. Repair and cleaning, add to the investment, so I mentally calculate those added costs when I'm shopping for resale. I always love finding pristine, new old stock items! And pieces from wildly talented designers, that helps!

    I like things that are a bit unique, that I would personally like to keep (if space were no issue) and cool things that I'd have worn when I was younger. I find "run-of-the-mill", average everyday vintage fashion items, a bit boring. There has to be some kind of wow factor or little interesting twist, in order for me to get excited. This could be a fabulous print, a wonderful textile, a soft woolen plaid, or anything of true beauty.

    Those are some of the things that guide me. Hope that makes sense. :)

    I guess to answer your question on pricing, I research to determine what the market will bear.
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  8. Stelmyra

    Stelmyra Registered Guest

    Thank you all for your advice, kind words and warm welcome.

    I read through just about all the articles offered on the website, it's a wealth of information! I was also reading an article on another website and it mentions Lot numbers and Style numbers. Are these really no longer used? I just found something at my local thrift store with a style number on it but it doesn't seem vintage to me.

    My thrift store trip yesterday resulted in me buying a few pieces that I *believe* are vintage, but not totally sure. I'll have to take some pictures and post them in the Q&A section and see what everyone thinks. One of them is a skirt suit that I might just keep for myself even though I doubt I'll ever wear it out. I just love it!!! Maybe my husband will appreciate it ;)

    Joules: Thank you for taking the time to outline a bit of your mental process in picking and pricing. I will keep your tips in mind!
  9. Pinkcoke

    Pinkcoke Alumni

    Style numbers are still around for sure, they're just not highlighted on the tag so obviously, they tend to be hidden in a long stream of letters/numbers on the fabric care label today - I have known them to end with three letters indicating the colour, such as NVY BLK etc. preceded by the season, such as 0514. but determining much more than that requires insider knowledge :)
  10. Stelmyra

    Stelmyra Registered Guest

    That is good to know, thanks for all your help Pinkcoke. I noticed your profile says you're 25! When did you get into this line of "hobby"?
  11. pastperfect2

    pastperfect2 Trade Member

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