Find An Used Piece of Clothing and Just Say It’s from the “80’s”

14 Feb

etsycallout

Etsy is unfortunately too easy on vintage listings. They put out the “20 years” rule and unfortunately that means that alot of sellers decide to find anything used and call it “80’s” even though they have no idea that it’s probably from the 90’s or a couple years ago. Some of the items look brand new. What an embarrassment.

megankills VINTAGE Esprit Tree Sweater
itsrootsvintage VINTAGE blue Esprit Twill Jacket
WeeBitUsed Abercrombie and Fitch vintage 80s Ski Sweater The company did not get re-established until it was purchased by the Limited in 1988 and that close up shot of the tag is a dead giveaway it is NOT from the first ’88 clothing lines.
angelfountains American Eagle women’s pink sweater The company started to refocus in 1989 with “American Eagle Outfitters”, had 16 stores in 1991 but did not get successful until 1994.
vampofvintage puts a Hollister jean skirt in handmade AND vintage.
xoxosweetkisses1 VINTAGE Abercrombie Plaid Skirt . Hollister opened it’s first store in 2000.
misterburnside VINTAGE Kmart Zip Shirt It’s probably being sold there right now.
SpectacleVintage 80’s – Black w. White Polka Dots Slouchy Onesie This rayon style outfit was HUGE in 1991/1992 (I know because I wore them).

AND THE HALL OF SHAME GOES TO:
lolalolalola 80’s kitschy las vegas tshirt with a close-up of the tag that says “copyright 1998”. Wow, just wow.

Please for the love of pete, do some research. All dates of clothing lines can be googled. Vintage sellers need to be taken seriously by the public and need to be trusted that their information is correct, not just “shady 80’s” to be able to sell it. Give it some effort or hang up your hat because you are giving the rest of us a BAD NAME.

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13 Responses to “Find An Used Piece of Clothing and Just Say It’s from the “80’s””

  1. Anonymous February 15, 2009 at 12:46 am #

    Vigilante blogging?

    Get a hobby that actually contributes something important to the world. There are far bigger things to worry about in this world than a rayon dress possibly being three years too young to be sold on etsy.

    *****ETSYCALLOUT SAYS THANKS PASADENA!*****

  2. Sick of It February 15, 2009 at 2:41 am #

    You should check out the Thomas the Tank Engine books that just turned vintage this year, according to Etsy. Sigh.

  3. Stephanie February 15, 2009 at 5:35 am #

    I like your blog. I am so tired of garage sale items being sold on Etsy. I thought the whole idea of the site was to sell HANDMADE items. Keep up the good work.

  4. Illya February 15, 2009 at 7:12 am #

    I like it.

  5. imwithya February 15, 2009 at 7:14 pm #

    just because you bought it at the goodwill doesn’t mean it’s vintage. And some clothes are just old, and ugly and nobody is ever going to wear them again. and of course there are more important things to worry about but it gets frustrating when things are flagged and flagged and flagged again and nothing ever happens.

  6. koko February 15, 2009 at 7:41 pm #

    I love thise. nothing like seeing a bunch of used clothes – that arent vintage. a dress I wore for my wedding is listed as vintage prom dress…bought in 1998

  7. koko February 16, 2009 at 10:50 pm #

    this:
    http://tinyurl.com/ddktyx
    bought at macys may of 1998. Tho I cut those dumb things off in the back.

  8. Anonymous February 18, 2009 at 10:55 pm #

    The sad thing is that the $2 Salvation Army crap floods out the real, decent vintage.

    But I guess etsy only cares about the twenty cents listing fee, not whether or not anyone can find anything worth buying on the site. After all, that’s what re-listing is for!

  9. Blythe February 19, 2009 at 12:41 pm #

    Seriously – Abercrombie and Fitch has been around since 1892:

    http://www.vintagefashionguild.org/component/option,com_alphacontent/section,6/cat,59/task,view/id,37/Itemid,100/

    I think it’s a bit sad that you don’t publish comments that don’t agree with you.

  10. etsycallout February 19, 2009 at 8:39 pm #

    Blythe- I didn’t publish your first comment because it seems that you didn’t read what I wrote. I know that Abercrombie has been around from the beginning, I stated that “The company started to refocus in 1989 with “American Eagle Outfitters”, had 16 stores in 1991 but did not get successful until 1994”.

    She showed a picture of the tag and it is the 90’s style. You can EASILY tell a REAL VINTAGE Abercrombie item.

    Now stop sassin’ your mouth.

  11. Blythe February 20, 2009 at 4:03 pm #

    LOL etsycallout!

    “The company did not get re-established until it was purchased by the Limited in 1988 and that close up shot of the tag is a dead giveaway it is NOT from the first ‘88 clothing lines.”

    Sorry – but the way I read it made it appear that A&F was not manufacturing again UNTIL 1988.

    Could just be me though.

    I completely agree with most of your points – but wanted to clar that one up.

  12. imwithimwithya February 26, 2009 at 9:35 pm #

    koko, did you know that dress was featured recently in an article written by etsy admin about how cream colored dresses are on trend now? it was the sole ‘vintage’ dress, too, making it even worse.

    if etsy admin are so bad at recognizing actual vintage, they should hire someone to run the featured vintage things by before they feature them.

    i have to agree with this article. there are way too many people on etsy selling whatever they find at thrifts and garage sales, and just calling it vintage. they haven’t any idea of what is and isn’t vintage.

    yes, it does give those who do a bad name and will ruin the site for buying and selling vintage if etsy doesn’t do something about it.

  13. Lauren May 8, 2009 at 11:11 am #

    Esprit’s Campus line first ran in 1988 – the tag on the sweater matched with the design of that time. Do your homework.

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