Tammy’s Tie Magic

One fine morning when there were few tag sales, we decided to hit almost every Salvation Army and Goodwill in the metro. At one particular Salvation Army, Austin was looking at coats while I perused the very top shelves above clothing that are easily accessible due to my towering stature. Suddenly, Tammy came barreling up to the front of the store with a cart, several boxes, and a crazed look in her eyes. “Come quick, to the back! Vintage ties!” Naturally, Austin and I dropped everything into our communal cart and ran with her. She had hit upon a treasure trove of vintage ties!

Vintage Tie Treasure Trove

Can you believe the variety we found? From the 1950s to 1970s, from wool to silk, this astonishing collection has a tie for almost every occasion. My husband just wore the bottom right tie to a wedding that paired well with my 1960s double-knit dress. As we were standing there in disbelief at Tammy’s discovery, more carts were brought out and more ties in their boxes were unearthed. At around $1.50 for a box with two to three ties inside, we didn’t hesitate to throw them all into our cart. Check out some of these fun boxes.

Vintage Tie Boxes

The detail in the logos are amazing and are still relevant today. Apparently lions were in.

Marshall Field Box

When we returned home with our clutch of ties, we set to work picking ties out schoolyard style. Austin grabbed up this box with extremely fancy tissue paper. But even more remarkable were the labels on the ties.

Vintage Tie Labels

There are a few things to look for when you do find boxes upon boxes of ties:

  1. Check to see if there are any visible stains. Usually these are food stains and are pretty set by the time you find them forty years later.
  2. Look for fading. Often times the front of the ties will be a different color than the back. If this doesn’t bother you, then by all means throw it in your cart.
  3. Find signs of wear. Small holes, frayed fabric on the edges and loose seams are often small details, and if you’re in a rush they can go unnoticed.
  4. Examine the box and/or label. You can usually tell the general age of a piece from these two things alone. Labels and boxes from before the 1970s were extremely detailed and well thought out.
  5. Feel the material. After feeling up a few dozens of vintage garments, you’ll be able to tell a quality material of the past versus a flimsy material of today.

Do you have a favorite tie of the bunch? Do you meticulously take pictures of tie labels? Don’t worry, there’s no judging here.

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