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Why Are Older Pieces of Vintage Clothing So Hard To Find?


A Woman From The 1930s Doing Everthing She Can To Keep Her Clothes Looking New - via LIFE Photo Archive

Consider these statistics from the United States during the Great Depression of the 1930s:

  • A middle-class worker’s wardrobe contained fewer than 15 pieces of clothing, consisting of 3 suits, 8 shirts, and 1 extra pair of pants.
  • A unionized worker would own a uniform, 1 suit, 6 shirts, 1 pair of overalls and an extra pair of pants.
  • A 1933 study concluded that this “clothing must have been worn until it was fairly shabby.”

When you’re looking for that mint piece of vintage clothing from decades past, now you’ll know why it’s so hard to find.

Source: The Wall Street Journal, October 23, 2010.


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