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Make Money Designing, Restyling and Selling Vintage Clothes

Do you have a flair for design?  How about an eye for the fashionable?  Are you handy with a sewing machine?  If you’ve answered yes to these questions, you have what it takes to make money designing, restyling and selling vintage clothes.

First, what does “vintage” mean?  It’s actually a wine-making term, and refers to the year in which the wine was produced. Everyone knows, of course, that the older the wine, the better it tastes.

That’s why the word has evolved and has come to refer to just about anything that is old.  Typically it refers to any item that is at least 20 years old.

There’s never been a better time to jump into the vintage clothing and accessories market and make money off of making the old new again. There are two major reasons for this: first, vintage clothes are extremely popular.  Retro is hip!

Secondly, today’s consumers overwhelmingly have a sense of environmental responsibility.  The idea of purchasing an article of clothing or an accessory that’s been “recycled” is one that is appealing to many of these consumers.

You can market the idea of vintage clothes and accessories from several different angles.  The most obvious is to hunt down true vintage clothing items, fix them up and re-sell them.  (This is where the sewing machine comes in handy.)

Of course, some vintage clothing might be beyond repair, but don’t overlook such items.  These kinds of pieces can be “restyled.”  In other words, you can take a garment’s still-usable components and fashion them into something new.

The kinds of items that you can make out of recycled (or “upcycled”) vintage clothes are innumerable.  Some ideas for creating new items out of old clothes include:

* Teddy bears or other stuffed animals

* Purses, handbags, tote bags or wallets

* Swim suits

* Children’s wear

* Belts

* Hair accessories

* Jewelry

* Decorative items

* Curtains

Finally, you can design your own “vintage” clothes.  In other words, you can make brand new replicas of styles from the past, or take a vintage style and give it a modern twist (think neon cloche hat!).

Marketing your vintage clothes and accessories: You can go about this in a number of different ways.  When you’re first starting out, it’s easiest to sell your items online.  You don’t even need your own Website (though this can certainly help you get more sales).  Consider listing your vintage clothes on eBay.com or Etsy.com.

eBay is an auction site where a variety of different kinds of items can be listed for sale.  Etsy.com is an online marketplace specifically for hand-made and vintage items.  Both of these Websites offer the option for users to create their own “store,” essentially like having a Website of your own with a catalog of your products.

You can also opt to simply launch a Website of your own to sell your products.  It’s easy to create your own (even if you don’t know programming or HTML) using an online Website builder like Wix.com or Moonfruit.com.

You get dozens of templates to choose from.  You can then customize your template with your own images, graphics and text, including a product catalog.  You can even add on features that allow you to process customer orders and payments.

The cost of hosting your Website will probably be somewhere between eight and 15 dollars per month, depending on the features and how much storage space you need.  You’ll also have to pay for the cost of your domain name, which is typically around the same price.

 

 

 

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