The dos and don’t of buying vintage

Dealers at Manhattan Vintage Show share their tips

Denyse Sookdar of Denyse’s Closet (Photos by Sabina Mollot)

Denyse Sookdar of Denyse’s Closet (Photos by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

Three times a year, members of the fashion industry as well as lovers of vintage clothing converge upon the Metropolitan Pavilion for the Manhattan Vintage Show, an expo for vintage dealers from New York and around the country. The most recent event was held last weekend (the next show will be in April) with around 75 overstuffed booths as well as a costume installation that paid homage to the late David Bowie.

While there, Town & Village asked the pros for tips on how to shop for vintage clothes, which — as any of the customers who shell out $20 just for entry to the show to can attest to — can be a pricey undertaking. Especially with some of the dealers hawking Victorian pieces as well as other pre-Depression outfits, not to mention designer labels. Sometimes, the experts assured us, it’s worth it. But other times, customers should know when to walk away.

Denyse Sookdar, owner of Denyse’s Closet in Stanford, Connecticut, warns shoppers to look for flaws in an item that can’t be easily fixed.

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