If you listened to the Vintage Clothing Kit episode of My Best Vintage Life Podcast, you know how important these items can be. I created the list from my own personal experience, and now I am going to share some personal examples of when my vintage clothing kit made a world of difference.
Hand Sanitizer for the Win
Just this week, I was sorting through some vintage Carhartt pants that Art had put aside for me to approve for an OOAK (one of a kind) order for UO Men's. As I was looking at each pair, I was checking for a sizing tag as they have limitations on how small/large they can go. I placed my hand on the inner waistband only to feel a sharp object slide under and across the top of my palm... good times! The sharp object was a staple, most likely from a thrift store. I still think this method of adhesion is lame but nevertheless, I immediately found the hand sanitizer on my desk and cleaned out the cut. Do we have other sanitizing liquids at work? Yes. But if I was at a thrift store and that happened, hand sanitizer would be my best bet. So do yourself a favor and get some!
Rotary Cutters: A Short Person's Best Friend
I can't tell you how many times I have found a pair of vintage pants that fit me in the waist but come with an absurdly long inseam. Whether it be vintage Levis, corduroys, or painter pants, it is hard finding a waist size and length that fit you perfectly without an alteration. This is where your new friend the rotary cutter comes in handy! If you know your inseam you can simply cut the pants to that length and be done! If not, take a pair of pants that you already own and measure from the inner point of the crotch to the bottom - now you know your inseam measurement. Be sure to use a cutting mat or a hard surface that can get scraped up without much fuss.
Wrinkle Free in a Jiffy
Owning a fabric steamer is one of the best investments you can make for your clothing! Your household will appreciate it too! Don't have a household? Neither do I but I do have curtains and they love the steamer! When it comes to vintage clothing, make sure you do your homework about what fabrics can and can't be steamed. The last thing you want is a water stain on silk (guilty as charged)! Be sure to use distilled water as tap water, especially hard water, can really do some damage to the reservoir and guts of the machine. A fabric steamer has served me well countless times, especially during my selling days when I was transporting clothes that inevitably ended up wrinkled and looking sad. Your presentation is just as important as your inventory so to all you sellers out there, buy a steamer! If you don't sell, get one anyway - your closet will thank you.
Gleener Fabric Shaver
You can buy your very own fabric shaver from our website. What we love about the Gleener is that it does not require batteries and is much more eco-friendly than regular lint rollers. This is a must have for any vintage clothing enthusiast or vintage clothing reseller!