Let’s talk vintage! No, not wine. Better—vintage clothes.
There’s nothing quite like going to your local thrift store or vintage shop and unearthing a housedress from the ‘50s or an ‘80s leather jacket that would make Billy Idol green with envy.
Real talk, though—old stuff smells. Even if it's a newer item, it still carries that distinct second-hand store odor, the kind that clings to the fabric.
To find out the best way to safely wash vintage and second-hand clothes, I spoke with vintage vixen Ellen Sartore, Costume Library Manager at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, NE and owner of The Vintage Venus, a boutique specializing in men’s, women’s, and children’s fashion from the 1800s to 1990s.
Ready for some pro tips to keep your vintage in tip-top shape? Hit it!