On the Hunt: Buy Vintage Like a Pro

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Here it is folks – a collection of tips from the pros who man the booths at The Vault Collective. If you love vintage but want to improve your hunting skills, tune into what they have to say!




When I’m looking for things for Gold Dust Vintage I look at current trends in fashion and how I can reflect that in vintage pieces. I also love to buy things that are great basic pieces for any wardrobe like soft vintage tees and great worn in jeans.






For Gypsy Vintage & Designer I look for natural fabrics in comfortable easy to wear cuts and prints, the cuts and prints that have inspired each coming season’s trends.

As we head towards fall I am buying cropped flared Levis, the old 517 cut from the 70’s was the perfect bootcut and modern denim doesn’t compete to the durability or finish of well worn vintage denim.

I always keep well stocked on Haori jackets which I buy off of a vintage dealer in Japan. The Haori is a short kimono style jacket and it is perfectly casual to throw on in a cool evening instead of a moto jacket or jean jacket.

I’ve been obsessed with 50s-60s cotton twill boyscout shirts lately as a nice fitted alternative to the olive drab military shirt, and always have a few on the racks.

Lastly i’m buying lots of linen; boxy linen dusters, short linen jackets, and oversized linen pinafore dresses with low armholes which are breezy and cute to wear over a bandeau in the summer and turn cozy over a turtleneck and leggings in the fall and winter. 


Andrew Erwin – UPTOWN VINYL

As a vintage dealer I like to provide customers with everyday wearable vintage clothing. Vintage tee shirts (I’m obsessed with legit vintage tees and look at thousands of tees a week just to find a handful of them from the 80s or earlier) denim of all kinds, military jackets and shirts, sweatshirts, snapback hats and the like.

I do mix in some preppy, streetwear and fifties rockabilly looks but for the most part my booth at the Vault has a unisex, one size fits all kind of feel.



Vintage is a full time hustle for me. I have been selling as a career for about 5 years now. 

What I look for is very 90s hip hop based gear. When it comes to tags –  being made in the USA is very important to me. I hunt down a lot of sport and band tees from the 90s. I’m also a label whore. Targeting Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Champion, DKNY, Coogi , Wu Wear, Adidas and any other 80s / 90s street wear. The bigger the graphic the better.


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