Vintage clothing is clothing that was popular at one point or another but slowly faded into obscurity and found its way into Goodwill outlets and second hand clothing stores around the world. This is clothing that no longer has a place in modern society, but due to its unique nature, has plenty of value to the collector.

For the savvy thrift shoppers looking to grab some vintage clothing, these are the tags and labels to look out for at the shop.

One Size Fits All

The one size fits all tag is one that won’t be found on modern clothing, and that’s because it was popular during the 1980’s when it was a fad at the time. It was most commonly found on sweatshirts, dresses, pants, and oversized tee shirts, but its appeal didn’t last much further into the next decade when measurements became the more practical way of buying clothing. Despite this, finding a piece of clothing with a one size fits all tag is an immediate hint that it’s from a totally different era in history, far different to the current one of Starbucks and bingo Australia.

Style or Lot numbers

The “style” or “lot” description can be found below the brand label, and is often in the form of additional label that looks like it was added after the piece of clothing was already made. It was used by factories many decades ago, and allowed them to keep track of their clothing production without the usage of computers. They added a numerical value to each item so that they were able to sort and distribute it properly. The lot number that can be found usually means that it’s part of a range of pieces that were mass produced for a specific store.

Extremely Large Tag

Another throwaway from the 1980’s, extra large tags were found on a huge variety of clothes during the period, and although there’s no real evidence as to why this was done, it may have been because of the booming economy at the time and as a way of catching a person’s attention from far away. These were extremely popular around 2 to 3 decades ago, and were quickly taken out of production when the call to use less material in clothing became more commonplace.

Countries That Don’t Exist

This is an interesting one, and is a definite way of telling that a piece of clothing was from a time that has long since passed. One great example is a pair of jeans that have the label, “made in Yugoslavia” or “Hong King British Colony”. This means that the pair of jeans are actually made in a country that once existed several years ago, such as the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, which was a Russian country that disappeared in the 1990’s, and was a combination of today’s Montenegro and Serbia. The Hong Kong British Colony came to an end in 1997, but the clothing made during the time can still rarely be found.

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