Two Stylish Kays: Thrifting Tips 101: Shop the Label

Thrifting Tips 101: Shop the Label

Wednesday, February 1, 2017




SHOP THE LABEL. Whether shopping for vintage pieces or high end designer you should always shop the label. Do not use the label solely to determine the size. It tells you much more about the item. Labels tell a story! The label on the inside of the garment will answer the following four questions: 



1. Is this a vintage item? One of the first ways to determine if an item is vintage is to check the item for a union label. This is a white label that is sewn into the side seam of the item or under the label that indicates the brand of the item. If you locate this label and it has the letters ILGWU (International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union), then it is a clear indicator that the item is vintage. Click HERE for more information about shopping for vintage clothing.

2. What is the retail price of this item? Use GOOGLE, enter the brand name and a brief description of the item. For example, Cynthia Rowley Tweed Coat Leather Trim. Then click Images. This will produce search results you can browse until you see the item and the retail price. This will allow you to justify paying the price for the item if you are undecided.

3. Is this item a designer brand? Some people may say that I am a label snob, but the joy of thrift shopping is being able to afford designer brands for a fraction of the retail price. That is one of the reasons that I love thrift shopping. I only shop for department store, designer and vintage brands. I shy away from economy fashion brands like Target, Walmart and Old Navy. Just because for the price at the thrift store, I can get that brand new at the retail store. My one exception is the Target brand when they team up with a designer.

4. What are the care instructions for this item? Will you have to spend money to dry clean this item or will you be able to wash it in the machine? This very important question may influence your decision to purchase.

Do you shop the Label? How does the Label influence your decision to purchase?

22 comments:

  1. Helpful tips about checking the labels while checking the fashionable items in a thrift store! I never knew about that union label status! So interesting ... and totally motivating me to thrift this weekend!

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  2. I love shopping at thrift stores!!! These are great tips you can get some really good deals at thrift stores!

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  3. These are helpful tips :) I don't go thrift store shopping too much. I'm more of a Target person! Haha :) All my work clothes come from there.

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  4. I don't hardly thrift shop in stores, ours hardly ever have anything worth buying, but I am sort of addicted to ThredUp. I only buy labels - and I have totally looked things up to see how old they were. As in last years spring season, etc.

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  5. I love thrifting, but I never thought to look at the label to google the retail price. That is genius!

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  6. I buy a lot of my kids stuff at thrift stores, but not much for myself unless I need something hard to get.

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  7. I'm a reseller on eBay. So I do shop the label for items to add to my inventory :)

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  8. Oh yes, nothing is more fun when you walk away with a designer tag that you got for a steal.

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  9. Thanks for the great tips! I love shopping at thrift stores! One of my favorite things to do on the weekends.

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  10. As a military wife who could barely handle her busy schedule I am truly glad I came across your post. These are very helpful tips on how to find quality vintage labels. I also enjoy checking thrift shops!

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  11. These are great tips when thrifting (which I love). I love googling things while I'm shopping. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. You are so lucky to have some great thrift stores near you! We have none here where I live!!! I would love to do some shopping like this!

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  13. That's really clever and I feel like it would be a really interesting take on a wardrobe curation! Will definitely be paying more notice to the labels! x

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  14. Wow, milwaukee does not have the great places to shop for vintage clothes but next time I am in Chicago or Paris I will put these to work!

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  15. wow, I thought I was a thrift store pro but tip #1 about the label was totally new to me, thanks!

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  16. Great tips, I love shopping for vintage items, but sometimes it's hard to find out if they are real so checking the label and google is definitely important

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  17. Googling the retail price of an item is so smart. I have a lot to learn when it comes to thrifting!

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  18. Hey love glad you are still spreading the gospel on thrifting! These are great tips but I still need some help especially scoring some fun vintage pieces!

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  19. This is really helpful! I always ask myself similar questions when I'm looking through charity shops - I've found some great pieces over the years. I love thrifting!

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  20. Great tips for shopping at thrift stores. I'm so glad we have technology at our fingertips so you can do research on the fly. Next time I go thrift shopping I'm going to be more conscious and check for that vintage label.

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  21. I don't really mind labels, I simply get an item when I like it. I think these are great tips though, especially if you're thrift shopping. If it checks out then why not get it!

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  22. I like to buy what I like. Sometimes that is something with a fancy label, sometimes it's at Target. I don't have a lot of experience thrift shopping though.

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