- If it's there, buy it.
- If you see one of something you're interested in, look and ask for more at the same venue.
- It can be worth going back a second time.
- Tell your friends and intimates what you collect and ask them to keep an eye out.
Do you want to see a 100-year progression of waist cinchers and stocking holders from my vintage clothing collection? Of course you do! The older underwear items were acquired in two fell swoops. One group was acquired by me in the mid-1990s from a Philadelphia stocking wholesaler that was closing down. Along with a tiny Victorian corset and some curious garter belts and bras, I also acquired boxes and boxes of vintage seamed stockings, most of which have, over 20 years, been worn to death. A handful of boxes remain in my collection. The second group (eight corsets and girdles!) was scooped up by my sharp-eyed partner at a costume rental store sale in Palmerston North. "I thought you might be interested," he said. There are lessons here for collectors: