Originally Posted by lalapopcicle
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...