I recently added a blog about selling high end linens and textiles but did you know you can go further to find a niche within a niche? You can source vintage collectible linens. These can include lovable and classic Disney characters or other much loved figures from your childhood. I have found some collectible sports team’s linens where the sports team has moved on to another state and changed their name. Nostalgia really does sell.
Twenty years and older are considered vintage in the collectible world and the 90’s are really sought after right now. If you can find items from when you were growing up or if you’re like me, I remember some of the items my children grew up with. Now not all are collectible, but the research is at your fingertips so make sure to look up fan favorites. Remember to check the edges thoroughly. You may not find them in pristine condition, but look for obvious flaws like frayed ends or tears or being over-washed and faded. If the linens are particularly collectible though, don’t immediately discard sheets with small tears along the edges. There are some buyers that use these for fabric scraps and may still be interested in turning them into curtains or pillow cases or other nostalgic room décor so research, research, research! Just remember to disclose any flaws so the buyer knows what to expect a head of time.
Also keep an eye out for collectible favorites with hand stitching. Embroidered or embellished textiles stand out from regular printed designs and some are even used and framed for one of a kind wall décor. It might be hard at first to tell which ones are more collectible, but for me, the thrill of the hunt is part of the game. Feel the textures. Find items you like and don’t be afraid to ask questions from those selling the items to you. I enjoy selling items that not everyone has and with so many auctions, garage and estate sales coming up this Spring, I’m looking forward to finding great pieces to add to my store. Happy hunting!