Storing Vintage Clothing

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In a world of fast fashion and designer knockoffs, we love vintage clothing. Whether it’s your grandma’s prom dress from the ‘60s or a pair of the most amazing deadstock shoes you nabbed at a flea market, each piece is one-of-a-kind and tells a story. That’s why when you’re not wearing it, it’s important to make sure it’s stored correctly. Read on to find out how. 

1. Clean and remove smells
The last thing you want when storing vintage items is for stains to set and smells to grow. It might be worth dry-cleaning special items beforehand, or if you prefer to wash them yourself, try doing this by hand to ensure the item remains intact. To remove offensive smells, just spray a mixture of vodka and water on an offending area!

2. Protect and pad
Vintage clothing is delicate and should be treated as such. Use tissue paper in between items to prevent blemishes or store them in garment bags that aren’t too fitted to allow the fabric to breathe. If you’d like to go the extra mile, prevent fold lines by padding sleeves and the waist area with muslin.

3. Store them correctly
Fragile items like beaded dresses should always be hung rather than folded. Other items can be placed in boxes – cardboard is preferable as plastic boxes tend to allow moisture buildup over time. However, if you do use plastic, keep the lids off to avoid as much moisture as possible.

4. Keep moths away!
Scattering cedar chips between boxes and garment bags wards off pests like moths, silverfish and beetles, which eat away at fabric and ruin clothing. Raising the boxes on wooden pallets helps too.Why is spring the season of cleaning? Well, it’s conveniently nestled between the item-heavy, accumulation period of winter and the lighter more laissez-faire approach to summer.  As we move into warmer months, it’s time to ditch the heavy coats, skis and boots and swap them out for summer accessories. Here’s how.
 

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