Dating vintage clothing tags

I know the labels from some designers have changed over the years and you can date a piece by the label.Hopefully I can learn the “tricks of the trade” and build up a nice inventory of vintage items so I can submit some pieces in the near future.

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I make the rounds at our local Salvation Army Thrift Store, Goodwill, estate/garage sales and several locally owed thrift stores on a weekly basis.

I have found some awesome pieces so far but I know I have missed tons of great buys because I don’t have a lot of knowledge/experience in vintage clothing.

So if anyone can pass along any information and/or resources where I can do some research on identifying vintage pieces I would really appreciate it.

Defining what true “treasure” is remains up to you — whether it’s finding a one-of-a-kind dress for a fraction of the cost, revealing a rack full of never-before-worn samples from your favorite contemporary brand or my favorite, spotting priceless vintage hidden between the hangers — every thrift store experience presents boundless opportunity and discovery.

Valorie Huston, an Ebay seller and follower of Sammy Davis Vintage, recently asked the following question on the fan page.

To ask me more questions about vintage & thrifting, sign up for my newsletter where I will be answering your questions only for subscribers!I have been selling on e Bay and I’m just beginning to venture into vintage clothing. Looking for the perfect invitation to complement your big day’s vintage vibe, but don’t want to spend an arm and a leg?Why not print your own for FREE, and put the money you saved towards more champagne?? ;-) Yes, that picture above is the mecca of all thrifting meccas …the GOODWILL OUTLET in Queens, New York, where finding a fabulous piece takes some serious digging and a critical eye to separate the treasure from the trash.

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  1. I know the labels from some designers have changed over the years and you can date a piece by the label.

  2. Hopefully I can learn the “tricks of the trade” and build up a nice inventory of vintage items so I can submit some pieces in the near future.

  3. Her question inspired today’s post on 11 ways to know a thrift store piece is vintage by examining its labels and tags.

  4. Can anyone recommend some resources where I can find information on identifying vintage pieces?

  5. I make the rounds at our local Salvation Army Thrift Store, Goodwill, estate/garage sales and several locally owed thrift stores on a weekly basis.

  6. I have found some awesome pieces so far but I know I have missed tons of great buys because I don’t have a lot of knowledge/experience in vintage clothing.

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