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 I'd like to know what "dead stock vintage" is. Thanks!


  Dead stock refers to the back room inventory of a business that has gone out of sale or ended. Dealers may discover the inventory, unused and unsold, in the back room of an out-of-business store and have a fresh supply of new, unused, vintage clothing that has never been worn. Consumer demands often made style and trend changes happen before the store owners could sell all of their stock, and so they would warehouse it. Over the years, if store owners didn't send it off to charity, declare a tax loss, or have a mammoth sale, they would wind up with "dead stock". Dead stock from the 1950-1980's is still out there in hidden pockets..It's rarer to find garments from before WWII. Pre-1920 items won't be in profusion because clothing was not mass produced.

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Answered On:
8/30/2005 7:20:41 AM


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Janet Pytowski Janet Pytowski is a freelance fashion and beauty writer. She is the President of VIDCAT Productions, a company specializing in runway and archival fashion footage. Her company produced the documentary "Fashion Flashbacks!" that highlights fashion newsreels from the 1950s-1960s. Janet is a Press member of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and a Co-Founder of FASHIONDIG.

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