Cookie’s Savvy Tips for Vintage Shopping by Rose Pressey

Often vintage clothing can be purchased for a fraction of the cost of buying new.

Don’t be afraid to buy something just because it doesn’t have a brand label. If you love it, that’s all that matters.

Don’t be afraid to try new things. Just because the style isn’t current doesn’t mean you can’t wear it.

Practice makes perfect. The more you shop for vintage, the better you’ll get at identifying vintage.

Nothing haunts you like the things you didn’t buy. If you like something, buy it because it will probably be gone if you return to purchase it.

Examine vintage pieces in the light. You’ll want to notice if there are holes or other flaws.

Check for missing buttons or faulty zippers. Also look for stitching that may need repair.

If you’re looking for something in particular, don’t be afraid to ask the sales associate for help. You can request a piece, and the shop owner might find it for you.

It’s best to measure a garment rather than go by sizing since it has changed over the years.

Take into consideration the amount of repairs a garment needs before purchasing it. Are you willing to make the investment it needs?

Don’t be afraid to venture out of your comfort zone. Just because it’s not something you’d usually wear doesn’t mean you can’t wear it.


“Rose Pressey’s books are fun!” —Janet Evanovich

As fashion maven Cookie Chanel tracks a murderer at the Kentucky Derby, all bets are off . . .

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