Fight Vintage Funk

Buying vintage clothes is one of the best ways to find pieces with style and quality for far less than you'd pay today. But often they have that tell-tale smell emitting from them. The fix for that vintage funk is a lot closer than you think. "All you have to do is mix one part vodka with two parts water in a spray bottle," says Janie Bryant, the costume designer for Mad Men. "It works every time—that's the power of vodka for you."


Check any zippers and buttons to make sure they're working. If they're not, ask the store for a discount, because both can be easily replaced by your tailor.