I ask sponsors to choose their top three finds. Here are Sydney’s Vintage Clothing picks: 1940s Chariot Peplum Evening Dress, $339.99; 1940s Emerald Green Fitted Suit, $375.00; 1940s Floral Rhinestone Embellished Suit, $239.99. P.S. She also has many great pieces under $100.
Our October sponsors have waited very patiently for their sponsored posts. First up, Sydney of Sydney’s Vintage Clothing. I’ve been a fan of Sydney’s store for many months, but what really won me over was her knowledge of Pell City, aka home of the best. barbecue. ever.
1. What’s your store name and where can we find you online (all web stores, blogs, etc.)?
My store is Sydney’s Vintage Clothing. You can subscribe to our secret sales information here, learn about our latest store news by visiting our blog, and see what’s new in store at our daily listed items blog.
2. How long have you sold vintage? Do you sell vintage part-time or full-time?
I have sold vintage clothing and accessories for a little over 4 years. It began as a hobby and quickly evolved into a more-than-full-time job.
3. Why do you sell vintage?
I began selling as a way to supplement my income. As I became more involved in the vintage scene I learned more of fashion history. I soon found that I was able to achieve my original goal and enjoy dealing with the limitless variety that vintage clothing offers. The history of unique pieces intrigues me. I often wonder what the original owner of the garment was like. For example, with a 1950s prom dress: was this the girl’s first date? What did he wear to match? Did she ever wear the dress again? The idea that there is a bit of history behind everything you sell fascinates me and keeps the process interesting and ever changing.
4. What is one frustration you have with selling vintage online?
The greatest frustration I have as an online seller is that the customer cannot touch the garment and get a feel for it. Most customers are more accustomed to shopping for clothing that they examine using sight, touch, etc. Online shoppers, on the other hand, have to depend on photographs and the descriptive powers of the seller. They rely totally on your pictures and description to get the look and feel of a garment. Poor pictures or boring descriptions result in poor sales and missed opportunities for shoppers to find pieces that are just right for them.
5. What are three things every shopper should know about buying vintage/thrift?
1) When you find a piece you like buy it! Every piece is basically a one-of-a-kind. The chance of finding another one just like it is very small and you don’t want to hesitate and then find that someone else beat you to it.
2) Be sure of the garment’s measurements. A “Large” in 1940 isn’t the same as a “Large” today.
3) Shop at SydneysVintageClothing.com of course!
6. What was the best thing you ever sold? How did you find it, and who bought it?
Unfortunately, I could not narrow this one down, but I would have to say the “Wealthy Italian Couture Estate.” Almost 175 piece of couture clothing from the 40s & 50s, and each piece came from small couture shops in Italy! I still have a few pieces left that I have not listed.
Thanks, Sydney! BTW, I’d love to see some pictures of the Italian Couture, if you have them–it would be a cool post. For more great vintage pieces (again, many within budget range), visit Sydney’s Vintage Clothing.