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Would you pay a fortune to buy something that was already worn? Apparently, some do. I haven’t really seen it in France, but vintage is big business over here.
Come to think of it, in  France, some well-kept mistresses sell the gifts of their sugar daddies in well-known shops to finance their lifestyle. But that’s as far as it goes and, frankly, I find the whole business model a bit sad. I have never seen this passion for old designer clothes in Paris. Except maybe in fleet markets, when you look for a retro dress. Maybe I just missed the vintage revolution.
Anyway, my question today is: when does a piece of clothing become vintage? If I don’t like a top, can I say that it is vintage and sell it at a premium? After my spring cleaning, I started to have a lot of ‘vintage’  to sell. I used to give old stuff to what I thought was a charity, only to find out that the guy was keeping (most of) it for himself. I felt cheated. Not nice. So instead, I am trying to find ways to make a little bit of cash with my so-called ‘vintage’ -or rather, old clothes that I will never wear again. What can I say, I am becoming stingy. Every little helps, as they say.
Well, it turns out that my ‘vintage’ clothes don’t interest a lot of people. Recycling clothes doesn’t interest a lot of  companies, but you might want to try the usual suspects (eBay, GumTree) and a few others that I didn’t know existed (MusicMagpie, Clothesforcash)
I didn’t make much (a bit less than £50) but hey, you have to start somewhere, right? And I am very grateful for the extra space in my wardrobe!
While I was busy deciding what to take and what to toss, I found a treasure : an old Daniel Hechter skirt with the matching jacket. I had completely forgotten about them and I am not selling it for anything. Have a look at the picture. It is adorable, isn’t it? I am not sure that I would fit in it any more but who cares, I still love it!
Maybe that’s what vintage is about. It is the stuff that you would never, ever sell!
On this note, I will keep on tidying up!

Muriel – A French Yummy Mummy In London
  • Joy

    I never understood the fuss over vintage clothing either (unless it’s really really ‘old’, like fashion from the ’20s or something). Besides, don’t they just recycle fashion? One year ‘they’, as in the fashion industry, decide ‘Oh it’s the year for bringing back the ’60s!’, then the next it’s the ’80s. Vintage furniture I get. Vintage fashion?…not so much. And no, I don’t like the idea of wearing second hand clothing 😉

  • Carolina HeartStrings

    My mom still has an old Channel suit from the ’60s. I think it’s cool and am sure it would be considered vintage. Old Hawiian shirts with wood buttons go for a mint and so do old, old Levi’s. I think it’s a fun fashion statement but I’m not one to spend much on cloths vintage or not.

  • SueraeStein

    I always thought of vintage clothes as old classic clothes that never really go our of style. I wore my mother’s wedding dress, which I guess could be considered vintage. But I’m not sure what the “rules” are when calling something vintage. We have many clothing resellers here in the US, but many of them are for current brand-name clothing that you can buy at a discount.

  • MuMuGB

    We have something similar over here. Friends of mine always find bargain there. I never do. I must have done something wrong.

  • MuMuGB

    Neither am I. you see, I don’t know which pieces are good and which pieces aren’t. I just don’t get it. And my mum doesn’t have an old Chanel suit (can we swap mum?)

  • MuMuGB

    Same here. I don’t ‘get’ vintage and trends. It is a good thing that I don’t work in fashion!

  • MuMuGB

    Same here. And they never have my size anyway!

  • MuMuGB

    I used to do something similar, until I found out that the guy I was giving my stuff to was selling it for himself. I now sell myself and then give to charities.

  • MuMuGB

    The content is definitively vintage, David!