You already knew that vintage shopping offers couture quality at a fraction of the price, but how do you know what’s worth buying, and what you should pass on?

Vintage clothing dealer Melody Fortier just published the handbook you’re looking for: The Little Guide to Vintage Shopping. Photos, illustrations, essential facts, and tips from a bevy of international pros will help you distinguish the time period of a garment, evaluate its quality, learn what fixes and alterations are possible and most importantly, how to care for and store your vintage treasures.