How to become a Vintage Clothing Retailer

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: July 2016
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • What qualifications and skills are required?
  • Key market issues and trends
  • Trading, commercial and legal issues
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Vintage clothing retailers source and supply fashion items, footwear and accessories that are typically between 20 and 100 years old. They often specialise in a particular type of clothing, such as bridalwear, sportswear, womenswear, designer label garments or items from a particular period.

Customer groups include individuals who buy vintage clothing to wear or as a gift, and collectors who buy vintage items as a hobby or an investment.

Vintage clothing is generally sourced from specialist wholesalers, vintage fairs, charity shops, car boot sales and auctions. When sourcing garments, retailers need to consider the monetary, historic and aesthetic value of each item, as well as its condition, authenticity, quality and rarity. This is crucial in relation to pricing and promotion of the items.

Vintage clothing retailers trade from traditional shop premises, local market stalls and specialist vintage fairs. Many also trade via ecommerce, either from their own website or online marketplaces such as eBay, Etsy and ASOS Marketplace.

This profile provides information about starting up and trading as a vintage clothing retailer. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and some of the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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