Despite the fact that we’re living in a technological era, many people still find joy in collecting antiques. Whether you love trawling vintage stores for unique finds or are simply trying to care for your ancestors’ belongings, knowing how to properly store and care for these delicate items is vital to their survival. From books and documents to quilts and entire clothing pieces, time poses a significant risk. Since preserved clothing is quite rare, it is even more fragile; let’s take a look at how you can ensure your great-great-great grandmother’s wedding gown lasts another few decades.
Compared to storing papers and photographs, textiles are a bit more complicated. Generally speaking, you can leave your family’s written history in a dry, cool place (below 75 degrees Fahrenheit as this will slow the rate of chemical decay) and not have to worry about it. When it comes to old garments, you’ll need to follow a few simple — but required — steps.
It isn’t uncommon to come across a beautiful vintage piece of clothing and want to keep it for yourself; antique collecting is rarely practical, so even if you never end up displaying the garment, you’ll be able to enjoy its presence. Whether you find a 117-year-old t-shirt or a Victorian gown, you’ll be able to treasure it for years.