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22-02-2009, 11:14   #1
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Hi,

currently researching an article on vintage clothes shops that are around sheffield, just looking for general opinions from either managers/buyers/sellers.

Some general areas of interest...

Do you buy vintage? How often?
Good range of styles?
Should most of it be left in the past?
do you buy vintage according to contemporary fashion?
for shop owners/managers- how do you get hold of your products?

Any answers would be great! Thanks xx
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22-02-2009, 11:23   #2
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I love some of the "vintage" styles, (especially floaty 1960's /70s styles) but the problem is that "vintage" as a euphemism for "second hand" really often just comes down to an excuse to charge extortionate prices for jumble sale rejects.
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22-02-2009, 12:22   #3
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Yeah, i think thats def the general consensus so far. I was in 'Cow' the other day, they do have a few nice finds- but most of it was unusable even in its day.

Just wondering if anyone knows where they get most of their stuff from? Charity shops in sheffield? Ebay?

Help would be great thanks
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22-02-2009, 14:15   #4
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Hi,

currently researching an article on vintage clothes shops that are around sheffield, just looking for general opinions from either managers/buyers/sellers.

Some general areas of interest...

Do you buy vintage? How often?
Good range of styles?
Should most of it be left in the past?
do you buy vintage according to contemporary fashion?
for shop owners/managers- how do you get hold of your products?

Any answers would be great! Thanks xx
I tend to buy all my clothes from either Freshmans, or charity shops like St Lukes or Bernados.

Basically as a 20 something male it is impossible to buy anything on the highstreet that isn't either chavy, emo or branded. Men's clothes shops in this country are appauling. You therefore have no option but to go to vintage and charity shops for indie clothing.

Most important are jeans with decent cuts and more kind of glamourous tight fitting shirts. I've never really understood the 80s sportswear concept myself.

I hear Bang Bang is very good for women, but doesn't really have any men's stuff. Cow is ok but a bit commercial for an essentially indie shop. Freshman's is the original and still the best (though that was better when it was in the old Forum). The Ebay Rejects fashion show/clothes sale that used to happen in the back room at the Lescar used to be great too. Generally these and the charity shops on Eccy Road, Crookes and Hillsborough keep me going through the year until I can get down to Camden market.

The prices aren't too bad - c.10 for a shirt is a lot cheaper than new ones, although clearly not jumble sale price. The quality is usually good though.

The problem with contemporary fashion is that a lot of it is commercialised alternative. Therefore to keep it properly indie and distance yourself from the more towny Gap/Zara kids you need the genuine article. You just can't beat an authentic 70s shirt or an old worn in leather jacket.

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22-02-2009, 16:17   #5
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I don't buy Vintage clothes unless they are at the original vintage prices, some of the charity shops are good for that. Like Plain Talker says for most its just a way to charge extortionate prices.
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23-02-2009, 15:49   #6
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Hi,

currently researching an article on vintage clothes shops that are around sheffield, just looking for general opinions from either managers/buyers/sellers.

Some general areas of interest...

Do you buy vintage? How often?
Good range of styles?
Should most of it be left in the past?
do you buy vintage according to contemporary fashion?
for shop owners/managers- how do you get hold of your products?

Any answers would be great! Thanks xx

I ALWAYS buy clothes in a vintage style, but not always the real thing, as it's so hard to find!!! I buy most of my items from Langtons - upstairs there they have a stall that sells American 1940's /50's hats, and I have been lucky on several occasions in finding lovely dresses there too! At Christmas I bought a lovely grey silk wiggle dress for 30 - Not a mark on it

I have also attended a few of these 'vintage' fairs - the DQ ones are ok if you are 16 and only have a fiver to get your hands on some sub 'Human League' C&A tat... The one that goes to the gallery/student union has these stalls too, but they also attract a few genuine vintage retailers... Celia's in Nottingham always sold the stuff that Priestley's in York always wanted 100's for, for more like 40-50... I also buy repro from various websites - I would never buy true vintage online, as you have no idea what you are buying til it's arrived - you really need to examine a 40's/50's piece to make sure it's in good condition... Many repro companies are US based, but Vivien of Holloway and Big Beautiful Barbara Brown are two notable UK companies that will make you a lovely new 'vintage style' piece...

Cow et al in Sheffield are terrible disappointments! How hard can it be to get proper vintage items in a city centre location? That said, when I was a student I used to get 60's/70's stuff from Aflecks in Manchester/Freak Boutique in Sheffield and Celia's in Nottingham, so I guess I might be tempted by 80's stuff if I was 18 now! Not sure though - the 60's stuff I used to buy were all good fabrics, well tailored etc - you don't see much of that in the 80's stuff you see in Cow etc...

As far as buying, if you look at Blue Rinse in Leeds and Aflecks/Cow now, the better stuff tends to be German! A guy I know who used to deal bought in bulk by weight from Europe - he used to throw away half the stuff he bought, but always found that he more than made his money on the other half...
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23-02-2009, 18:15   #7
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ive pretty much given up on finding anything decent vintage thats actually affordable, so my solution - get an old sewing machine and some vintage patterns instead. it will work out cheaper in the long run and your stuff will be tailored to fit you.
not that i have done this yet myself - but i intend to. only problem is I dont know how to sew!
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24-02-2009, 23:48   #8
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Cheers everyone- responses are really helping uncover a few things to look into!

Another quick question, does anyone know of a contactable vintage wholesaler? Trying to find some around the yorkshire area, not such luck as yet
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01-07-2009, 10:09   #9
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I think vintage shopping is great especially cow in sheffield , me and my friends buy old fashion clothes and alter them to our shapes and up to date styles its cheap too! although you do have to drop on as some stuff is not worth buying xx
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01-07-2009, 10:23   #10
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Any of you been to The Front Parlour
300, Sharrow Vale Rd, Hunters Bar.
Tel: 0114 268 4068

I've bought small items from there, but having lived through the vintage years :-)
no clothes!

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12-11-2009, 09:58   #11
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kilo shop will sell vintage go on Face book
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12-11-2009, 10:04   #12
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What about the clothing in Sheffield Antiques on Broadfield Road.
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12-11-2009, 14:14   #13
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I up until recently worked for a company reworking unsaleable vintage stock. They wholesale their stock now not retail. If I can help pm me!
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