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If you have an established market and can move a range of product then purchasing vintage clothing by the pound may be the perfect option.
The Dust Factory Bales are broken down into itemized mixes for bulk purchases.
- 50 LB bale …… $350 ($7 lb)
- 100 LB bale …… $600 ($6 lb)
- 500 LB bale …… $2000 ($4 lb)
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When it comes to collecting vintage clothing from the United States the Japanese buyers have been paving the path for nearly 30 years. Since the eighties Japanese vintage collectors have been traveling across the United States hitting up thrift stores, vintage stores, clothing flea markets and just about anywhere they could find old vintage jeans, leather jackets, sneakers or t-shirts.
As the vintage clothing culture became more popular in Japan and the demand grew collectors began to find new ways to locate more product. Because each vintage piece is essentially a one-off it is difficult to determine the actual size and fit without trying it on. One problem the collectors had was finding vintage pieces that were not only the correct size but the way the garment fit had to be perfect as well. To overcome this obstacle they hired hip Japanese boys and girls that were the perfect body shape to match the sizes that they were looking for.
Black leather jackets have left their distinct mark in American culture becasue of what they have come to represent. They have become a form of recognition into a lifestyle that generally opposes the common rule and thread. Like specific colors in a wardrobe would reveal gang members and their loyalty in the streets of LA during the 1980’s, black leather jackets are worn to symbolize a decision into a subculture that sets it own rules.
History of the black leather jacket
The quintessential leather jacket was born out of functionality when they were created for aviators in the First World War. The first leather flight jackets were more bulky than they are today, often featuring shearling-lined collars and lapels to protect pilots from the elements. As time passed the leather jacket has become as essential in fashion as the t-shirt, abandoning its more practical uses in favor of a sartorial importance fueled by pop culture and the evolution of trends.
Above image from Schot NYC 100 Years of An American original : myfreedamn
Sustainable Halloween Costumes That You Can Make Yourself
GO GREEN: If you are planning on going green this Halloween you couldn’t of picked a better year. Both Brick and Mortar and On-line retailers across the globe carry some of the key vintage pieces that you need to complete your look.
This year the Classics are coming back in High Demand. You don’t have to look like a stripper fairy god mother, or a prostitute princess to have a good time. You also don’t have to spend $300 on a synthetic plastic costume that you will wear only one day then throw into an already bulging land fill. The best way to GO GREEN is to create a costume out of used clothing, or items you already have in your closet.
Here are a few Vintage Costume ideas, All recycled and eco-friendly. You can mix and match from your closet or run down to you local Vintage Store to grab needed accessories.
Halloween is just around the corner. If you are a vintage shop owner this is most likely going to be your busiest month of the year. If the month of October is not the busiest time of year in your store, then you are missing out.
Don’t get in the mind-set that your unique collection is fashion forward. It might be to select few designers and hipsters, but to the rest of the population your store sales old clothes, like costumes.
With a few simple adjustments to your in-store marketing, or how you present your product, you just might be able to sell through all those old polyester pants and heavy poly-fabric dresses. In an attempt to leave you with a little inspiration, take a look at the different vintage Halloween costumes from the past.