Vintage Clothing Trading

Vintage Clothing Trading

If my daughter and her friends are anything to go by, vintage clothing is in vogue at the moment. A combination of environmental concern and the desire to have something you won’t find on the High Street is leading many young people to seek out vintage items. It seems to me that there is money to be made here.

One persons old tat is another persons vintage. By scouring charity shops and jumble sales for bargains, cleaning them up and then selling them on via eBay or  a concession in an existing shop, it should be possible to make some interesting profits.

The key here is that you need to have an eye for fashion and  a firm idea what’s likely to appeal to vintage clothes lovers. Not one for me then, but certainly an opportunity for the right person.

Who’s The Daddy?

I’m not sure I like this one, but what do I know?

Robert Nickell had the idea for DaddyScrubs while his wife was choosing a scrub gown for the delivery of their son. He felt left out and wanted something special for himself as a soon-to-be Dad. And so he designed a series of scrub gowns with ‘Daddy on the Front’ and ‘I’m The Daddy’ on the back. The range of products was subsequently extended to include baseball hats and T shirts.

DaddyScrubs is apparently doing big business in Hollywood, so perhaps something similar might work in areas where people have more money than sense here in the UK! Alternatively, how about designing a range of ‘That’s what you think.” T shirts for friends of the new ‘dad’? That WAS a joke!

A Small Market Niche

What do Martin Sheen, Al Pacino, Mark Wahlberg, Danny DeVito, Joe Pesci, and Seth Green have in common? Well aside from being actors, they’re all under 5’8” tall and they’re all customers of Jimmy Au.

Au runs a clothing company in Hollywood that specialises in suits for shorter men. You might think that a suit for a shorter man is simply a smaller suit, but apparently not, and this is the key to the niche Au has carved out. Most designers create their suits for men in the 5’10” to 6’2” range and then simply scale down for smaller customers without adjusting the fit. This results in knees and elbows falling in the wrong place.

In a world where most products and designs are created for people within the average or normal range,  there must be niche opportunities in myriad markets for products specifically aimed at the tall, short, fat or slim.  Might there be an opportunity to create a product for people outside of the normal size range in your market?