To be considered for VFG trade membership you must have:
- At least one year of verifiable experience selling online or at least 100 feedback, AND
- At least 50 vintage items for sale online (vintage meaning 20 or more years old), AND
- The majority (55% or more) of all items you have for sale must be vintage clothing, accessories, jewelry, and/or patterns.
The VFG requires the following (please refer to the VFG Code of Practice):
Comprehensive descriptions of items including
- Accurate dating
- The presence or lack of any and all labels, or mention if there are none
- Fabric/fiber content, gems, stones, material, or best-educated guess if you are unsure
- Construction details (zipper type, seams, shoulder pads, closures, etc.)
- Any unique features, patterns, or colors
- Complete, honest and accurate condition reports with full disclosure of any and all repairs, flaws or alteration. The use of the term “vintage condition” must be backed up by further description of the issues
- Easy to read descriptions with attention to spelling and grammar
A minimum of the following measurements:
- Garments: length, bust, waist, and hips (when fitted)
- Gloves: tip of middle finger to hem and across the palm
- Hats: circumference of sweatband and depth of crown
- Shoes: tip of toe to heel, heel height, and width across tread
- Handbags: depth, height, length of handle, and measurement across the top
- Jewelry and other fashion accessories: length and width when applicable
- Be clear, well-lit, and against clutter-free backgrounds
- Show all angles of garments; jewelry; front, back, and any closures.
- Include proper presentation: be sure garments are wrinkle free and lingerie and swimwear items are tastefully displayed
- Include any repairs, known alterations, flaws
Policies must be easily accessible to buyers. They should be concise, specifically address terms of sale, returns and refunds, and be in compliance with all applicable laws.
VFG Trade Members may NOT:
- Modify or alter undamaged vintage items for resale purposes
- Attempt to confuse, mislead, or otherwise falsely describe any goods offered for sale nor knowingly trade in counterfeit goods
- Use inappropriate keywords or “keyword spam” in listings
- Sell fur or other wildlife products that are legally prohibited from being sold unless certificate or exemption has been granted and is shown in listing
- Disparage the VFG or its members on any social media or online platform
- Act or speak on behalf of the VFG unless expressly authorized by the VFG board
Before proceeding please make sure you meet each one of the requirements listed above.