vintage: what's the hype?
Vintage : : of old, recognized, and enduring interest, importance, or quality : CLASSIC
Now, we won’t argue with Webster but we’re not sure if that is the true definition of vintage.
Wikipedia defines vintage as: a colloquialism commonly used to refer to all old styles of clothing. In its modern use, it often indicates that the item is at least 20 years old, while items a century old or more can be considered antique.
But what defines vintage for US?
The quality - There’s no denying that clothing from the past was very well made. The material, the patterning, the seams. We could go on.
The history - We really geek out over really well kept vintage clothing. It’s as if you can picture the time and place of the person wearing it. A time and a place that only your mind can visit.
The uniqueness - Talk about one-of-a-kind items. We find the most amazing pieces being donated to the store, pieces that you can’t find anywhere else. Vintage clothing is a sure guarantee that you will stand out.
The people you meet - When we have donors drop off clothing, we not only get the gifts of the items but we get the gift of hearing stories of loved ones. How their mom wore this dress to that ball or how Aunt Karen really loved to play the piano in this blazer. We’re the luckiest to be able to pass on another human’s story.
But one of the main reasons we’re so passionate about vintage is: THE FUTURE.
We’re keeping clothing out of landfills and giving it new life. If we don’t keep on this journey, the kids in the future will be wearing Target vintage. Sadly in the future you might hear, “Susan, those vintage Lululemon leggings are great!!!”. (But are they?!) We want to do more for the future. We want the future to have Aunt Karens favorite vintage blazer that she bought in France while she traveled the world. We want the future to be able to go swimming at the beach without being bombarded by garbage.
WE WANT A FUTURE, and a bright one at that.
In the comments below let us know why you love vintage and what inspired you to start! If you’re not on board the vintage train yet but are thinking about doing so, let us know if you want tips and tricks on what could help you become a better vintage shopper!