I haven’t found a secondhand piece that doesn’t smell funny ever, so I throw them in the laundry basket or send them to the dry cleaner when I come home.
I don’t know why they have that smell, but it’s gone after a wash
As for shoes, i haven’t bought any yet, but the secondhand shoes i’ve seen looked really new so I don’t think that’s a problem
I can do second hand clothes and accessories….but not shoes…just ick….just me thoughposted almost 8 years ago
When you go buy vintage, you really need to leave all your ‘worries’ behind. I, on the other hand haven’t been able to do that. I go to amazing vintage stores and never purchase anything because I just can’t stand the smell, as well as knowing I’m wearing something other people once wore.posted over 7 years ago
the whole vintage shop smells funny actually. thats why you have to wash it or sometimes soak it in hot water..
but the smell and eveything is soooo worth it because of the fab pieces you will find.
I lovee the smell of vintage (but I do get rid of it, because lots of people don’t)! and I love vintage because it means there is a story behind it! For example, I bought this amazing 40s dress, and it really made me think of all the people who must have worn it!
Vintage is so special, and definitely worth the smell because it’s unique!
I feel that a dry cleaning bill is a small price to pay for finding a vintage Versace party dress for less than a hundred bucks. For shoes, Lysol disinfectant spray and Dr. Scholl’s insoles will remove smells and germs. Saddle soap is good for spiffing up the outsides.posted over 7 years ago
clothes tend to smell less bad (or more like you) after they’ve been washed a few times.
shoes are a whole other problem tho…posted over 7 years ago
Be very careful with dry cleaning. I don’t recommend it for most early pieces (by early I mean 50’s and earlier — I don’t know much about 60’s and later). Depending on the fabric, dry cleaning can absolutely destroy a piece because dry cleaning isn’t actually dry (some fabrics like rayon shouldn’t get wet) and the chemicals can stress and possibly eat through fabric. I have had good luck with dry cleaning, but I prefer to clean things at home in my bathtub.
If you are unable to tell what fabric your garment is made from, I’d take it to a vintage store or someone knowledgeable about fabrics to tell you what it is. From there you can search online to find out how to clean it. Some pieces just aren’t worth cleaning if dye will run, it will shrink, etc. If you won’t wear it in that condition without cleaning it, please, keep it in your collection, pass it on to someone who will wear it, or sell it. Don’t compromise the garment just because it smells a little dusty!
As for shoes, I’ve never gotten anything funky from them. I’ve cleaned my vintage shoes either. It’s a good idea to take them to a cobbler to see if they are fit for wearing out and about if you have any concerns.
Can you tell I love vintage?posted over 7 years ago
I’ve never washed any shoes I’ve gotten second hand and I’ve never had foot fungus or funky smells in shoes. I always wash clothes before wearing them though.posted about 5 years ago
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vintage clothing may have a funny smell but it’s really cool. mostly everything is unique and there’s a lot of styles that you can’t find anymore. The shirts are especially cool because they have real funny logos, words, etc. If anyone is looking for vintage clothes for a boutique come to always vintage.