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Published on: 08 Mar 2017 by arnoldweber112
One of the great things about fashion is that while trends
are fleeting, they do tend to repeat themselves. This is precisely why it is
important to know what the best and most collectable fashion items are. Whether
you are looking to always stay on trend or want to invest in pieces that you
can sell on a later date as they gain more and more value, knowing your stuff
is important when it comes to collecting anything. If you know what you are
looking for when it comes to collecting clothing and accessories and
transforming them into a hot commodity then read on. As more and more retainers
take to selling vintage clothing, we no longer need to hunt in the depths of a
charity shop to find a vintage piece that resembles a one of a king thrift
The usual suspects
While it may seem too obvious, there is certainly something
to be said for collecting well known and established brands such as Hermes and
Chanel if you are looking for a way to make money! The pieces that companies
such as Loui Vuitton produce are timeless and iconic and will almost guarantee
a high return price.
Pick special pieces
Going for the classics is one thing but if you really want
to make some money you should scout out special pieces that are hard to come by
and will sell for higher than their retail value. For example, Rolex or Cartier
watches, even after being worn, tend to sell for higher than their original
Clothing can sometimes need to be heavily discounted in
order to be sold on whereas this is not the case with accessories. Accessories
sell best on all platforms and show wear and tear far less that something like
a hat or coat, for example. Keep a particular eye out for custom
embroidered patches which have just come back into fashion and are very
highly sought after!
Shoes can be tricky
In comparison to clothing and accessories, it should be
notes that unless they have been barely worn or are exceptionally well looked after;
shoes come with a lower resale value (this is due to obvious reasons of them
being worn of your feet- not particularly appealing).
Keep everything you can
When it comes to keeping hold of your fashion items always
consider keeping something rather than throwing it away. Furthermore, make sure
you keep things in their original packaging and retain tags and recipes just in
case. Finally keep your things protected from damp and moths etc by keeping
them in secure, preferably air locked bags.
Labels aside, there are other factors that will help to
determine the value of vintage clothing and these are its condition, its
provenance (its back story e.g. did someone famous wear it) and its quality of
make and material. The rarer the item is, the higher its likely selling price
is. It takes time to develop your eye for quality but once it’s there you will
be able to estimate the value of a piece easily!