Fine-Tune Your Vintage-Shopping Strategy With These Pro Tips

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15 years ago, Patti Stoecker, owner of Posh Vintage, started tie-dyeing '40s slips in her kitchen. Since then, her collection has grown quite a bit and her showroom (inside her Miami Beach home) houses ‘50s Pucci tees, '60s Courrèges coats, ’70s Jean Muir jersey dresses, ‘80s Givenchy silk gowns, and of course some Dior, Versace, and Ossie Clark.
If you want it, it’s more than likely that Stoecker has it. With celeb clients ranging from Nicole Richie to Mia Sara, her showroom clearly runs the gamut in styles. Feeling inspired by a recent visit, we asked her to share a few tips about the business that’s so close to her heart. Here's what you need to know before your next vintage-finding expedition.

What are your favorite vintage shopping spots?
"I like to go to estate sales, and some of my best shopping moments have happened when I’ve discovered vintage treasure troves in someone’s closet. My partner, Bryn, is a thrift shopper extraordinaire."

How do you know if a piece is a good investment?
"Knowing what to buy is really a matter of experience and being educated about labels and eras. There are some pieces that – if well cared-for – hold their value indefinitely. We’ve sold several dresses to museums over the years."

What are five things to consider when buying or hunting for vintage?
"Fabric, quality of construction, condition, and wearability. And most importantly, ask yourself if the piece speaks to you. If you love something, buy it!"

Photo: Courtesy of Posh Vintage

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