This article examines the differences in consumer attitudes towards purchases affecting fashion with a comparison of the periods from the late 1700s through the 1930s versus modern day trends, and draws a comparison of how fashion trends impact the earth with untoward levels of waste. We discuss some of the methods and solutions in use today, or proposed for implementation in the near future, for reusing viable resources and reducing toxins in the manufacture of soft goods.
Clarify your purpose for purchasing an antique or vintage garment to determine whether or not to make any mends. Keeping a notebook to document any damage and suggested repairs is a good idea for cataloging collectable antique clothing and, for listing details in your ad descriptions. Get organized before starting any mending and do only what is reasonable for you to accomplish - know your sewing limitations and contact a professional for more difficult mends. Give an honest description of any changes you've made to the garment (or accessory) and include photos for providing as much information as possible, to build a trusting relationship with your clientele.
In summary, your investment in antique beaded clothing requires special consideration for handling, storage and maintenance. Older garments need to be handled in a delicate manner, stored to prevent damage (or further damage), and mended as needed to keep your garments wearable, as well as preventing any further damage.