Staples Every Vintage Store Needs

Certain items are the lifeblood of every store. These are called staples. They’re the things that sell consistently, no matter the time of year, what’s popular, or what the weather is outside. If you’re an ice cream shop, you’d better have chocolate and vanilla ice cream in stock. If you sell shoes, unless you sell one specific brand or a specialty type of shoe, then you should probably carry some Nikes. And, if you own a vintage clothing store, then there are some staples that you should certainly be carrying as well.

In today’s blog from American Recycled Clothing, we want to discuss the five staple items that every vintage clothing store should offer. If you don’t have them or run out of them, you could risk losing customers. Staples drive the majority of sales, and without them, you might not have a business.



Denim jackets, jeans, shirts, and jackets. It’s hard to find a more desirable or worldly fashion piece than a piece of denim. Denim is incredibly versatile, durable, and comfortable. Jeans, in particular, are the perfect example of how fashion can be unifying. It crosses the lines of age, gender, and status.

Everyone loves denim, especially how it comes in a variety of different cuts, styles, washes. If there’s one category of clothing that every vintage clothing store must have, you guessed it — it’s denim.

Band T-Shirts

Band tees have been all the rage for quite a few years, and this trend shows no sign of slowing down. Perhaps it’s because of the comfy, soft feel of a shirt that’s been lived in, washed, and lived in some more. Today’s t-shirts just don’t have the same feel — and they certainly don’t hold up as long.

Band t-shirts are fun to wear and can be paired with anything. From jeans and a flannel to a pencil skirt and blazer. Plus they often showcase some killer old school graphics.

If you’re selling vintage, make sure you carry a large selection of band tees. Other than denim, they’re what your shoppers will be looking for most often.

Flannel Shirts

Who can forget the flannel craze of the 90s? Now, grunge is cool again and so are flannel shirts. Today’s shoppers are more about comfort than anything, and it’s hard to find a more comfortable piece of clothing than a flannel button-down. Like many other vintage staples, flannel is seen as extremely versatile. You can wear it as a layering piece like you would a jacket. Don’t just be lazy and put on a t-shirt and jeans, add a bold pop of color with a nice, comfy flannel.

Similar to other vintage items, flannels can be worn “dressed up”. Simply tuck it into your favorite skirt, add a funky pair of heels and you’re good to go.

Floral Dresses

Timeless and feminine, vintage floral dresses give you the perfect opportunity to show your softer side. Or, pair them with a denim jacket and some boots for an edgier look. Floral dresses were a closet staple in the 80s and 90s and now they’re back again. They’re a fun alternative to jeans and just as versatile.


They keep you warm, shield you from the elements, but most of all they make a statement. Vintage jackets — whether it be a denim trucker jacket or a nylon university jacket, can add a little something extra to pull a look together. Today’s fashion style is all about personality, so even though you may not have worn that nylon jacket with a dress if you were back in the 80s, now, it’s perfectly acceptable.

Stock Your Vintage Clothing Store With Staples From American Recycled Clothing

Always have vintage staples on hand when you partner with American Recycled Clothing for wholesale vintage. For over 25-years we have led the industry in sourcing, curating, and categorizing quality wholesale clothing. We have three separate warehouses and over 7 million pounds of inventory — chances are, we have what you’re looking for.

Visit our website to buy convenient vintage bundles and have them shipped to you. Or, if you prefer, you can set up an appointment to visit one of our warehouses and handpick your selection. Help support sustainable fashion — let American Recycled Clothing stock your vintage clothing store today.