Monday, May 24, 2010

Shopping from the Past: Garment Tags


I've been buying most of my clothes from thrift stores since high school. Part of my long-time obsession is simply recognizing familiar and discovering new garment tags. There's a great story to be told with each one - whether they're making a claim, stating their history, or just presenting information. It's a great way to thrift, too, since you can capture the tag (in photographic form) and leave the garment behind, saving money and closet space. Ideal for austerity shoppers. Since 2004, I've been working on a flickr set; here are some highlights.





4 comments:

Brandon said...

You should check out this flickr set, all from one eBay auction:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/65516705@N00/sets/72157624028102214/detail/

Aaron Packer said...

I have the first one as well. Love it. Red wool shirt/jacket. I think it might be boy scout apparel??

Tom Bonamici said...

Brandon: Great link, that's incredible! Strange to see the labels disembodied. Must be a pile of beheaded clothing somewhere.

Aaron P: Yes, it's a Boy Scout troop leader shirt-jac. Terrific garment.

Emily Rose said...

I just got a great shirt today, purchased in large part due to its tag.