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“Any girl would be out of her mind to buy anything online without consulting Virtual Vintage. From Pucci to Fiorucci it’s the ultimate source.”
--Simon Doonan
"Don't even think about about venturing onto the vintage Net until you've read this book. No more wasted hours trawling through mountains of cyber junk...Lindroth and Tornello have unearthed a vintage goldmine of handpicked sites plus a wealth of information and clever, canny insider tips for buying and selling online."
-Tracy Tolkien, author of Dressing Up Vintage

"Deborah Newell Tornello and Linda Lindroth have created a terrific guide for the modern fashion enthusiast."
— Michael Volbracht

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Vintage clothing has never been more chic, with everyone from celebrity trendsetters to style-conscious professionals searching for wearable treasures from the past. Virtual Vintage is the first and only guide that helps both the novice and the fashion connoisseur evaluate and confidently participate in the thriving vintage marketplace that exists online. No other book explains how to get it, sell it, fix it, or wear it with flair. Authors Linda Lindroth and Deborah Newell Tornello equip readers from head to toe with

• more than 100 chic sites—rated and evaluated
• instructions on contacting sellers
• smart strategies for bidding in online auctions
• advice about evaluating the size, quality, and colors of a garment
• tips for cleaning and repairing vintage items

Whether you're looking for a 1960s Rudi Gernreich knit, Gucci hipster trousers, a Claire McCardell for Townley shirtwaist, or a Chanel suit in pink wool with black patent-leather trim, Virtual Vintage will help you build a unique and sensational wardrobe.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks; 1 edition (September 10, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812992008
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812992007
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #506,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 27, 2002
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Virtual Vintage stands out from most other books on the vintage-resale-thrifting topic -- even though it is geared to the online market. First, the writing is both excellent and entertaining; I found the book hard to put down.
Additionally, the authors also offer some good tips -- laced throughout the text -- on HOW TO WEAR some of this old stuff. As much as I love vintage fashion, and have collected it for several years, I am often at a loss as to how to WEAR some of the pieces, or how to incorporate my vintage "finds" into my real-life wardrobe. So far, few books actually address this issue, and tend to focus instead on buying, selling or simply "collecting" vintage fashion.
This book is thorough and carefully put together -- like a great outfit. I hope the authors write more on this topic, and maybe put together a how-to guide to vintage fashion.
Kudos!
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Karen Augusta on October 1, 2002
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Usually I don't "read" antique guide books, but a couple of pages into this one and I was hooked. In Virtual Vintage you'll find common sense tips on buying and selling vintage on-line, the A to Z of navigating eBay (I learned several new tricks) and lots of design and fashion tips. The book presents useful info including international size conversion charts, how to remove stains from clothing and must-see Hollywood films for clothes lovers. It was so well done I wanted to learn more about Virtual Vintage's two women authors and how they came to write this surprisingly literary guide book.
Virtual Vintage has a section that rates many of the dot com vintage sites for content, ease of use and return policies. Virtual Vintage is considerably more user friendly than most other antique/collectible guide books that I've seen... I am also fond of the book because it gave my vintage site a great review! I will certainly recommend this book to my web customers.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By StyleSnob VINE VOICE on February 6, 2006
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Virtual Vintage covers the world of online vintage fashion. If you are new to buying and selling vintage fashion online, its a great place to start. If you are not new, it still had plenty of tips that I didn't think about before.

The book is much more than online vintage fashions. It also goes into detail about what to look for from different designers, periods, etc. It has chapters on how to repair and care for your vintage fashions. The back of the book includes a directory (with summary) of online retailers to check out.

I found this book easy and enjoyable to read cover to cover rather than just as a reference. The authors write in an informative yet enertaining way.

The only negative thing I would have to say is; when will there be an updated version??? Some of the online sites and eBay information is dated, as is to be expected in a virtual world.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By T. Wageer on November 28, 2002
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A WONDERFULLY fun book -- to read, to refer to, to give as a gift to alll your girlfriends! Endless information, up-to-date resources, very knowledgeable and savvy and the only book you need about vintage on the net. I hope it gets a new edition every other year or -- knowing the net -- EVERY year; I'll keep every edition, because none will ever be obsolete. These authors know their audience, know their subject, know their territory. A book you'll read again and again and never, ever, finish. :->
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Karen Augusta on October 1, 2002
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Usually I don't "read" antique guide books, but a couple of pages into this one and I was hooked. In Virtual Vintage you'll find common sense tips on buying and selling vintage on-line, the A to Z of navigating eBay (I learned several new tricks) and lots of design and fashion tips. The book presents useful info including international size conversion charts, how to remove stains from clothing and must-see Hollywood films for clothes lovers. It was so well done I wanted to learn more about Virtual Vintage's two women authors and how they came to write this surprisingly literary guide book.
Virtual Vintage has a section that rates many of the dot com vintage sites for content, ease of use and return policies. Virtual Vintage is considerably more user friendly than most other antique/collectible guide books that I've seen... I am also fond of the book because it gave my vintage site a great review! I will certainly recommend this book to my web customers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on August 6, 2009
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Hello:
I have been collecting vintage jewelry and clothing for many years and now intend to start an online business.

I found this book very useful. It has plenty information about how to buy and sell vintage clothing and accessories online, many tips and advice on how to list items in eBay and other auction sites plus a directory of web sites which sell this kind of stuff, rated by the quality of pages and prices. In chapter "Heroes" the authors list some of the best sellers they have found in the web and comments about them.

Another enjoyable chapter lists the movies that all vintage fashion afficionados should watch.

Written in a very friendly style, this book is a great source of information. Highly recommended to all those persons who intend to start a vintage clothing online business.
Renée
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Y. DAVIS on October 8, 2010
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This book isn't very big, yet it's filled with valuable information that any vintage collector or seller would appreciate. The authors cover it all: buying, selling,and repairing vintage garments and also list a number of online vintage clothing stores, fashion museums, and even suggest films to watch for their fashion features. I found the writing to be delighful too. I only wish there was an updated version of this book as it was published in 2002. The book was designed specifically with the online market in mind, and things have changed a little since then. Otherwise, this book is amazing.
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