Dating clothing with rn numbers
HOW TO SPOT IT: Look for union tags sewn immediately behind or next to the designer/label tag of a clothing garment.
A union tag’s design features a scalloped circle with a threaded needle diagonally behind it.
You’re thrift store shopping at your favorite store — like the Salvation Army I love in my hometown of Lancaster, Pennsylvania — when a unique looking garment catches your eye from between the racks.
You pull the garment toward you, revealing a gorgeous silk dress with lucite buttons in an aquamarine blue color that resembles a shirtwaist style popular in the 1950s.
Excitedly, you move in to examine the garment’s designer, expecting to see a high-brow name or at the very least, a boutique label on such an exquisite piece.
But when you peer into the garment to examine the tag, you notice a foreign looking logo with a designer you’ve never seen before.
Plus, a bonus for the more advanced: A tag’s color can help shed light on the era a piece was most likely made.
Here is your guide to identifying the era of an ILGWU union label!
THE SIGN: You think to yourself after spotting a bonafide Saks dress sold for a steal in the racks of your favorite thrift store haunt.
But then you furrow your brow in puzzlement: This doesn’t appear to be the Saks label you know and love. Most likely it’s not a knock-off, but rather Saks from a vintage era!
What are your tips for spotting vintage in a thrift store? THE SIGN: While you’re combing the racks and flipping through pieces, you spot a tiny, funny looking tag you’ve never seen before with the acronym “ILGWU” on it.
What you’ve just found is a “union” tag, identifying the piece as clothing made by a group of American workers who have banded together (“unionizing”) for better employment opportunities and fair wages.