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« on: May 28, 2008 08:59:23 AM »

Wow, I've just skimmed the topics and am now a little afeared of the etsy.  I have a surplus of vintage clothes (mostly 60's-70's) and accumulate them all the time due to my thrift/estate sale addiction.  I was thinking about selling them on Etsy assuming it would be better than Ebay as the prices are set and it would give me the option of slowly introducing clothing made by me either out of vintage fabric or new fabric in vintage cuts/styles. 

Those of you who sell vintage, please tell me where you would suggest.
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« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2008 05:52:08 AM »

i sell vintage.  people aren't always the nicest to us vintage sellers.  they think we are just trying to make money off of a .50 shirt form a thrift store.  i see it as a passion for fashion and a taste of a time that i didn't get to live through.  and since we can't keep everything, it affords us our habit to sell.  but thats just me.  so i'd say yes my dear etsy is a great place to sell vintage.  however i'd still mix it up and sell some hand crafted items too.  good luck to you:)
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« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2008 11:19:19 AM »

I often peruse Etsy for vintage clothes and shoes and really enjoy finding nice vintage items that are in good shape. However, the key word there is NICE. I hate seeing crumpled pictures of old "vintage" clothing laid out on a bed or floor. I think you have to have a professional look to your site, and let customers know that no, you are not trying to make 20 bucks of a .50 shirt. Because sometimes it can look like that.

Also, I think etsy would be a great opportunity for you to begin selling your handmade clothing. You could start slow and perhaps build a solid base of vintage clothing before introducing your own vintage inspired designs. I think it's a great idea.

Hope some of this helped!
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« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2008 02:10:12 PM »

I've been peddling various types of vintage stuff for about ten years, and my #1 big-time tip to anyone else who wants to try- get to know the local shops, the owner and/or buyer, and the tastes of the clientele.  Hang out, go shopping, chat with whomever is working to find out about the place, and then casually mention that you've got some items that they might do quite well with.  Part of my skill is remembering weird little details, if the guy at one shops gets excited about fancy buttons, remember that when you find twenty shirts all with fantastic buttons.  Hopefully there's a fairly good market near you, it can be hard to find your starting point, but try to think of any shop you've seen that you just loved- try them. Antique shops too, some of the larger antique shops LOVE getting in some particularly interesting (or valuable) clothing pieces, particularly hankies, hats, costume jewelry and handbags.  Finding a specialty is something to consider when entering into the business of vintage, I had an associate who dealt mostly with 1920 to 1940's ladies wear. 
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