Vintage Violet

April 1, 2008

The art of bargain

Filed under: Discussion — by Bobbi Lee Hitchon @ 4:42 pm
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I am horrible at bargaining. Usually I only bother purchasing things that are already priced right and wouldn’t dare question a pricing for fear of rejection.

In fact, I would venture to say the only time I ever bargain is when an item is not priced, I ask, the price is too high, so I silently put the item back. Usually vendors see this as me playing “hard to get” with their merchandise and quickly work something out.

While my accidental method may work sometimes, I really want to learn the art of bargaining from a professional.

Anyone have tips are methods to having a person lower his or her price of merchandise?

How to Bargain and Haggle Your way to Great Deals at Consignment Stores: Here is an article about bargaining by Christa Weil, author of Secondhand Chic. I am trying to contact her for a Q&A, but there is something funky going on with her website. Ms. Weil if you read this and are interested please contact me.

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March 12, 2008

Designer: Tom Ford, Model: Tom Ford

Filed under: Discussion — by Bobbi Lee Hitchon @ 11:08 pm
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Question.

Why does Tom Ford always model in his ads? Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a bad thing, just wondering if anyone knew.

March 3, 2008

What is your vintage size?

Filed under: Discussion — by Bobbi Lee Hitchon @ 11:22 pm
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The best feeling when vintage shopping is finding an item in my size. Since vintage items are usually one of a kind they’re either hit or miss when it comes to fitting. But as an avid shopper, vintage or new, the worst feeling has to be finding my size and then finding that size does not fit.

Not only do you have to pass on a great item, but you leave feeling you’ve packed on a few pounds…even if you really have not.

The good news is you probably haven’t gained weight. The bad news is…our generation overall has.

Yes, the myth about Marilyn Monroe being a size 12 is true, but what was left out from that truth is Monroe was also 5 ft 5 in and 118lbs. By today’s sizing standards, how could she possibly be a size 12?

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February 21, 2008

How old should vintage be?

V. Thread and Manuel Paul posted American Apparel’s California Vintage on Thread Trend in praise of American Apparel’s new vintage store next to their Echo Park location in California. “California vintage is the brainchild of American Apparel employees, who thought something should be done with the piles of clothes crowding AA’s basement,” said Thread Trend.

The idea of a store based on American Apparel vintage lead me to question, how old should vintage be?

Dov Charney established AA in 1997, making the company only 11 years old. When I think vintage I don’t think Cobain flannel shirts and shoulder pads that haunted the 90’s.

Though their vintage store now attracts vintage seller’s with 1950’s and 1960’s California thread, is the company’s original idea a vintage one or just that of a high end outlet store?

Poll: How old should vintage be?

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February 20, 2008

What is your favorite vinatge store?

Filed under: Discussion — by Bobbi Lee Hitchon @ 2:40 pm

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