Vintage Clothes can have a multitude of stains as a result of their journey over the years, this does not mean that the garments are no longer good, it just means that is time to buck down and be smarter than the stains.
The following are tried and proven techniques to getting some of those common 8 pesky stains out of that one of kind garment.
Remove acrylic paint from clothes with pine cleaner. Soak, scrub, repeat. Takes
some time, but it works. You can also try hairspray. Test a small spot on the
item and then spray on hairspray and use your fingernail to remove the paint.
Occasionally you have to wash twice.
Blot the stain and dip it in cold water. Rub the spot with a cut lemon, rinse,
and air dry. Use prewash stain remover and then launder with warm water.
An easy and quick way to remove blood is to spray the area with Windex and rub
a little. Then just throw it in the wash. You may also use saline solution for
contact lenses to remove blood stains. Put paper towel under the fabric and squirt
solution onto it. Blot to remove any left over. It draws the blood into the solution
and doesn’t harm the fabric like hydrogen peroxide may.
Blot or scrape off the excess chocolate, then flush with club soda. For a tough
stain: Sponge with liquid hand soap and ammonia; launder as usual. Or you could
try to soak the stained article in milk.
Mix Dawn Dish Soap and a little Simple Green into the wash, and launder as usual.
Or try Cheese Wiz smeared generously on a grease stain, takes it right out in
First, put a paper towel or a rag under the stained area to absorb the excess
ink. Spray on a non-oily, alcohol based hair spray. Saturate the ink stain with
the hairspray. Blot with a rag and repeat until the stain is gone. Apply prewash
stain remover and launder as usual. Or you can try milk! Yes, put the piece of
cloth into a cup with milk and you’ll see it vanishing… then wash or dry clean
Get it out by rubbing the stain with a generous amount of petroleum jelly, then wash
as usual.Or you could try a non-oily, alcohol based hair spray.
Ring Around the Collar:
Wet the collar with warm water, sprinkle liberally with cream of tartar and rub in well. Launder as
usual. or you can soak the collar with an oven cleaner, this works good as well.
Get ready for some crowd control! Shoppertainment the fine art of running in-store events and promotions is the perfect way to differentiate your store from your competition, build a buzz about town, and thrill your customers all at the same time!
Vintage Stores are staples for fashion in their communities, and often attract some of the cities creative types from artists, musicians and designers. Getting your customers involved with your promotions is an easy way to put together an event with minimal effort and great success. Many successful stores have number of different events that they run throughout the year to attract customers from all different walks inside their shops.
Putting together an event can be easy or difficult considering how organized the event planner is. Often employees can easily help with putting together the event, as well as some of the marketing and canvassing that is needed to get the event off of the ground. Most planners plan events 6 months out, but lets get real… aren’t you looking for a way to increase sales yesterday. With that being said, you need a minimum of thirty days to market your event successfully using flyer’s, radio plugg’s, social marketing, event listings or whatever means you plan on using to get word out about your cool event in your cool store.
Don’t forget about weekly events on specific days that could increase traffic on that slow Monday afternoon or Thursday morning. A special sale event, or donation day… bring in an old item for a charity and get 15% off an item from the store. Some shops even have mimosa’s and coffee for customers on Sunday mornings, this is great way to show them that you appreciate them and get them to hang around your store for a while. Others have record listening parties on wed nights, recycle clothing workshops on Saturday morning, or a clothing swap every second Sunday…I think that you get the point, ,the sky is the limit.
Don’t be afraid to think big and plan an event that could help out your neighbors or other shops in the area. Larger events attract larger crowds to your store. If you plan your event correctly often times you can get your neighbors and sponsors to cover the marketing costs to promote the event, while you do the planning and book the acts. Don’t forget to think about adding a charity aspect to it either. A clothing or can food drive for a local charity can often attract musicians and artists that you thought would never come out of the woodworks to help out in the event. Don’t forget to put together PR packages for each event you do and send them to your local radio stations and news organizations. They are often looking for things to promote and it could surprise you how much free press you can get for your store…I mean event.
QUICK LIST OF EVENT IDEAS
- Art Shows
- Fashion Shows
- In-store Promotions
- Music Listening Parties
- Recycle Clothing Drives
Authentic American Style
In 1825, A New York Housewife named Hannah Lord Montaque in Troy was looking for an easier way to keep her husband’s shirts looking fresh without having to launder them, and stumbled upon the detachable shirt collar. The idea took off like wild fires and made Troy the center fore collar manufacturing. Among the companies making collars was Maullin & Blanchard, a small business that started production in 1851. The company eventually became known as Cluett, Peabody and Co, and in 1885, the Arrow brand was born. Within a few years, they were the largest maker of collars in the world.
Later in 1905, the Arrow Company hired a new artist J.C. Leyendecker to develop a fresh image for their collars. He came up with the Arrow Collar Man, a handsome young man wearing the latest style of Arrow collar. This ad campaign that lasted over twenty years, and generated 1000s of fan letters from female fans.
By the middle of the 1920s, times were changing and men were dressing more casually. The days of the stiff detached collar were drawing to a close. The Arrow company decided to switch from collars to shirts. They advertised that in order to get an Arrow collar, one must get an Arrow shirt. In 1930, in an effort to find a fabric that did not shrink when washed, Sanford Cluett, nephew of the founders of the company, developed a process the company named Sanforizing. They ended up licensing this process to hundreds of other companies.
In the 1930s, as Americans turned increasingly to sportswear, Arrow began making sports shirts with open collars and straight cut hems. This trend was interrupted by World War II, when the company made military uniforms, but when the War ended, they expanded their sportswear selections, including slacks and shorts, casual jackets and beachwear. They also continued to make shirts for the businessman, including the new button-down collar.
Arrow Vintage Men’s Dress Wear
Through the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, as times and fashions changed, so did the shirt offerings from Arrow. They are still in business today, and are still making men’s shirts. But they also make almost any garment a man would need, and they now have a women’s line.
More information can be found at http://www.arrowshirt.com/
This article was originally posted on our Born Activist blog back in April 2007. Since then it was posted on 10 other blogs and feature in 4 publications. All opening eyes to recycling not just aluminum cans and plastic products but textiles as well.We thought that it was worth posting again for some of our new viewers that may have missed it the first time around.
Sweatshops and child labor are a growing problem, particularly in clothing and textiles. No one wants to buy products made with sweatshop labor, but it is hard to know what to avoid, and where to find green and Fair Trade products.
Corporate greed and global competition to produce goods at the lowest possible price are the main reasons for the existence of sweatshops. It’s much more cost-effective for corporations to subcontract their manufacturing to suppliers who produce goods cheaply by minimizing worker salaries and benefits, skimping on factory and dormitory upkeep and standards, and demanding high levels of productivity (long hours and big quotas) from their workers. Developing countries desperately need foreign investment, and therefore compete with one another to produce goods more and more cheaply, allowing US corporations to dictate their purchase prices. As reported by the business journal Fast Company in December 2003, Wal-Mart (the country’s largest retailer) actually implements a corporate policy of requiring its vendors to continually seek ever-lower prices for its products. “[Wal-Mart] has a clear policy for suppliers,” writes Fast Company’s Charles Fishman. “On basic products that don’t change, the price Wal-Mart will pay, and will charge shoppers, must drop year after year.” As retailers compete with one another by seeking lowest-cost workers, they put pressure on suppliers to keep their costs down, and they encourage consumers to buy more at “discount” prices. This market for cheap goods then squeezes factory owners to pinch even more. The result is forced overtime, low wages, punishments and fines for slow work and mistakes, worker intimidation, child labor, and other abuses.
What you can do to make a difference.
Unfortunately, no overarching “sweatshop-free” label exists. Some independent monitors follow the supply chains of companies that pay a fee for that service and help facilitate follow-up correction programs for factories found to be in violation of labor standards. Because conditions can change rapidly at factories, often these companies do not go on record endorsing particular companies or factories. For some select industries, however, dedication to recycling efforts has resulted in useful Vintage labeling for a handful of products. For example, Dust Factory combats the existence of child labor in the apparel industry by recycling vintage products to re-issue back into the fashion industry. Labeling specific items with a Vintage Tag, letting consumers know that the item is eco-friendly and child-labor-free.
By purchasing products that are recycled, fairly traded, cooperatively produced, or produced in a unionized factory, you can help end sweatshop and forced child labor. Many other well-respected organizations have called boycotts to put an end to unfair labor practices, animal testing, dangerous pesticide use, and other abuses of people and resources.Whether you’re protesting treatment of workers at a national retail chain or mobilizing against the construction of a waste dump in your community, a boycott can help you get the attention of your community and the company you are targeting.