Shop Vintage: You Need a Survival Kit

Foraging at vintage clothing shows can be a lot of fun, but it's best to be prepared for all contingencies and be armed with a few tips beforehand.

The survival kit includes things most people don't think about, but wish they had.
  • A pen and notepad
  • A measuring tape
  • A jeweler's loupe or magnifying glass
  • Hand Sanitizer sheets
  • Eye drops to ward off the dust
  • Lots of cash, rather than just credit cards
  • A bottle of water
  • A pull-along cart or large tote bag
  • If it's an outdoor show, bring sunglasses
  • A calculator to keep track of purchases
  • Mints

Dress for Comfort

Where comfortable shoes and expect to do a lot of walking and standing. Leave the heavy clothing at home. It can be very uncomfortable foraging in a heavy coat. A lighter purse will make it easier on the shoulders. Only take essentials. If purchasing items for wearability, the shopper will want to try them on. Simplified attire will make the changing easier and faster. Dressing for comfort will give the shopper more staying power and she won't be dragging herself home after two hours.

Read more at Suite101: Vintage Clothing Show Survival Tips for Buyers: Learn the Secrets of the Experts who Buy and Sell Period Fashion

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