Laura's 95-year-old Aunt Em has a closet full of vintage duds, but Laura's not quite sure what's in style. Constance White, eBay style director, helps Laura sift through the clothes in hopes of finding some fabulous vintage treasures.
With Constance's help, Laura scores big with a Claire McCardell designed two-piece outfit and an embroidered coat with matching dress. "What's great about Laura's finds," says Constance, "is that the coat and dress can be worn separately to create two outfits. The design of the pieces are very classic and will always be in style."
The audience gets in on the act by bringing in vintage finds for Constance to appraise. "It's like an Antiques Roadshow for fashion," exclaims Rachael. Audience members score big with finds from Lucite purses to 1950s shoes.
Whether you're looking to make a few bucks or just looking for something to wear, Constance has three tips to help you strike vintage gold.
Look for the label. "Clothes characteristic of a designer add value," advises Constance. "And if the designer is dead, usually that adds even more value."
Check the garment. Constance warns to check for stains and mildew. "The condition of a garment is important in its longevity and value," she says. "Store clothes properly: hanging in a cedar closet or folded in acid-free paper laying in a box or chest with cedar pieces."
Consider emotional value. "Wearing something that was cared for and worn by someone you love makes the piece even more special," says Constance.
Constance also gives a glimpse of what's coming up for the spring and summer: "Start looking for 1920s and flapper-inspired clothing and accessories. That style is really going to start to make a big comeback this year. You're also going to see hats in the fall and most people are afraid of hats, but we'll be embracing them again soon."
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