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Sally is making the most out of the Holiday Season at her vintage boutique but she knows that soon things are going to change for the worse if she doesn’t prepare. For years her shop took a hit after the holidays until she found a few simple hacks last year that increased her retail sales into the new year.
Sally is not much different than the rest of us that operate a retail vintage boutiques. Steady sales throughout the year are nice, but things tend to get hectic around the holidays. If you’re stressed out because you put all your focus on the holiday sales season, don’t miss a huge opportunity to boost your retail sales after the new year, which is typically a slower time of the year for many.
When it comes to vintage clothing, there are three types of buyers: Cherry pickers, Bulk Buyers, and Container Buyers. Understanding how the industry works, is beneficial to knowing what type of buyer you are and how to make the most out of your business venture.
Much like contemporary fashion, vintage fashion has paved a course that caters to all types of styles and subcultures. From Rocker shops that focus only on 40’s and 50’s attire to modern shops that focus on 90’s and early millennial pieces, the term vintage can come to mean a lot of different things depending upon who you are talking to.
Over the past 20 years of working in the vintage clothing industry there was a lot to learn about the different types of buyers that the industry attracts. Each year a plethora of new vintage entrepreneurs come into the market ready to take on the world with their unique taste for recycled fashion. Maybe they made a profit off a rare item they sold on ebay, or just finished taking their final exam in fashion school and are ready to become the number one seller on Etsy, either way they will need to start sourcing clothing.
They will soon learn that sourcing used clothing in bulk is much different than sourcing new merchandise. They will also learn that their is no magic supplier or clothing fairy that get them a steady supply of rare pieces with ridiculous markups. This unfortunately is a rude awakening for some buyers entering the industry and for this reason we thought that we would put together a Vintage Buyer Guide to find out what type of buyer you are. Read more
Dust Factory is featuring a collection of the essential items you need for your Spring 2019 vintage collection. From Denim to T-shirts, Dust Factory Vintage Wholesale has everything that you need to keep your store stocked, your customers happy and your coffers full.
For a Limited Time Only:
- Wind Breakers $16
- Harley Davidson T-shirts $10
- Lee, Levi Wrangler Jeans $25
- Denim Cutt-off Shorts $16
- Denim Jacket Mix $15
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Why your shop is defined by its staples.
The different products that you purchase regularly and out of necessity are considered “staple goods” to your vintage store. In the past, these items have fewer markdowns but solid profit margins. While price trends may raise or lower demand for other products, the demand for staple goods rarely changes when prices change. They are the necessary items for you to remain in business.
What are staple goods in your Vintage Store
Staple goods are any items in your inventory that are core to your business. They are also known as any staple products, staples, core products, and necessity goods. For example, vintage jeans and t-shirts are staples for any serious vintage clothing store. Skateboards are staples for skate shops. Golf balls are a staple product for a golf shop. If you have a store without staple products, then your store doesn’t stand for anything or isn’t representing anything special to your clients. Read more
100 Pounds of 1990’s Vintage Dress Mix @$5.50lb
STRAIGHT OUT OF REALITY BITES. The 1990’s vintage dress mix is a must have for the 90s revival look that’s taking off. A feminine mix of floral prints, velvet, sequin, party dresses and more. The mix also includes the popular sunflower style, that can be styled as grungy as you want. Short sleeves, long sleeves, and sleeveless styles in a variety of loose fitting baby doll cuts.
Dust Factory Vintage Clothing Boxes
The Dust Factory Boxes are set up for boutique buyers who need specific looks. Each box is made up of a variety of pieces that reflect a specific style with a range of categories and sizes. The first of it’s kind, each boxes contents are view able before purchase.
- See what you are getting
- Pair items and increase upsells
- Order ships that day!
Nothing beats the comfort and look of a pair of good vintage western boots.
Someone already did all of the hard work of wearing them in, giving them the perfect look and feel. Another great thing about vintage boots is their construction, they were built to last. Not like boots today that will barely last a season, vintage boots were built to last over lifetimes. That is what makes our particular collection of vintage boots so special, their history as much as their future.
When it comes to collecting vintage clothing from the United States the Japanese buyers have been paving the path for nearly 30 years. Since the eighties Japanese vintage collectors have been traveling across the United States hitting up thrift stores, vintage stores, clothing flea markets and just about anywhere they could find old vintage jeans, leather jackets, sneakers or t-shirts.
As the vintage clothing culture became more popular in Japan and the demand grew collectors began to find new ways to locate more product. Because each vintage piece is essentially a one-off it is difficult to determine the actual size and fit without trying it on. One problem the collectors had was finding vintage pieces that were not only the correct size but the way the garment fit had to be perfect as well. To overcome this obstacle they hired hip Japanese boys and girls that were the perfect body shape to match the sizes that they were looking for.
Black leather jackets have left their distinct mark in American culture becasue of what they have come to represent. They have become a form of recognition into a lifestyle that generally opposes the common rule and thread. Like specific colors in a wardrobe would reveal gang members and their loyalty in the streets of LA during the 1980’s, black leather jackets are worn to symbolize a decision into a subculture that sets it own rules.
History of the black leather jacket
The quintessential leather jacket was born out of functionality when they were created for aviators in the First World War. The first leather flight jackets were more bulky than they are today, often featuring shearling-lined collars and lapels to protect pilots from the elements. As time passed the leather jacket has become as essential in fashion as the t-shirt, abandoning its more practical uses in favor of a sartorial importance fueled by pop culture and the evolution of trends.
Above image from Schot NYC 100 Years of An American original : myfreedamn
Sustainable Halloween Costumes That You Can Make Yourself
GO GREEN: If you are planning on going green this Halloween you couldn’t of picked a better year. Both Brick and Mortar and On-line retailers across the globe carry some of the key vintage pieces that you need to complete your look.
This year the Classics are coming back in High Demand. You don’t have to look like a stripper fairy god mother, or a prostitute princess to have a good time. You also don’t have to spend $300 on a synthetic plastic costume that you will wear only one day then throw into an already bulging land fill. The best way to GO GREEN is to create a costume out of used clothing, or items you already have in your closet.
Here are a few Vintage Costume ideas, All recycled and eco-friendly. You can mix and match from your closet or run down to you local Vintage Store to grab needed accessories.