I'm pleased to welcome Cassandra Chanel to Cozy Up With Kathy today. You can find Cookie on the pages of the Haunted Vintage Mystery series by Rose Pressy. Fashions Fade, Haunted is Eternal is the seventh book in the series and was released last month.
I’m thrilled that I was invited to guest post today. My name is Cassandra Chanel, but everyone calls me Cookie. Yes, you guessed it. Because I love cookies that much. My favorite cookies are chocolate chip, but I love them all. Not to mention the name Cookie matches with my last name Chanel. And it doesn’t hurt that I love Coco Chanel everything… the handbags, clothing, and perfume.
I own It’s Vintage Y’all in Sugar Creek, Georgia, a vintage clothing boutique. I’ve been doing that for a little while now. Everything about my life was pretty ordinary until one sunny day that all changed and a mysterious cat showed up at my shop. Things got really bizarre after that. Let’s just say I’ve had a few encounters with the spirit world since then. Oh, and the cat communicates with me. I know that all sounds crazy, but it’s one hundred percent true.
If you’re ever in Sugar Creek please make sure to stop by my boutique. I think that you’ll find something that you love. Oh, wait, this isn’t supposed to be an advertisement for my shop. Okay, forget that. How about I just give you a few vintage shopping tips in case you ever find yourself near a vintage clothing shop or thrift store. Often people overlook the vintage items. When in reality they’re absolutely fantastic. They should be worn and displayed as the fabulous pieces of art they are. Although not all vintage clothing is created equally, like the polyester suits for example. We can just pass those up. Anyway, onto the tips.
1. Vintage clothing shops aren’t the only places to find vintage clothing. Check with thrift shops, charity shops, yard sales, estate sales, and even online sites like eBay.
2. Vintage doesn’t always mean cheaper. Check the fabric content on the labels to make sure you aren’t being overcharged for a not-so-great quality item.
3. Examine the item for stains, rips, loose treads or buttons. It might seem like a bargain, but if the clothing needs too many repairs it might not be worth the purchase.
4. Although don’t be afraid of repairs if you get a good deal on a great piece. A lot of stains can be removed and mending a button is easy for the right garment.
5. Sizing has changed over the years so be prepared with your measurements. I recommend if possible trying on clothing before buying.
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