When it comes to sorting through mixed rags, vintage clothing, and unsorted credential clothing, the process can be a bit unique. Unsorted clothing, as the name suggests, is exactly that - unsorted. It remains in its original condition and doesn't go through a grading process.
Now, for mixed rags and vintage clothing, their grading hinges on the quality of the items. It's essential to note that different countries and markets might have their own grading scales. Typically, you'll see grades like Grade A, Grade B, C, and so on, with Grade A representing the highest quality. Alternatively, some places might use numbers like 1, 2, 3, where 1 signifies the best quality items. This variation in grading systems keeps things interesting and diverse in the world of clothing evaluation.
Here are Vintage Wholesalers, you can see below our exact guide to grading. This is our official document on how our items should be presented, but bare in mind. This is all used second hand clothing. We try to ensure our grading is stuck to as strictly as possible.
Grade A (All Category)
Items are to be in PERFECT to GOOD vintage condition. Items will look from brand new to still show signs of minor wear, including washable marks or stains. Items can be easily restored/ revived back to their original / as close to original condition as possible
Grade B (All Category)
Items are to be GOOD to FAIR vintage condition. Items will show signs of heavier wear, may include any of the following: un-washable marks, stains, small rips, holes or broken / faulty zips.
Grade C (All Category)
Items are to be UNWEARABLE vintage condition. Items will show signs of huge holes, tears etc. This is a complete rework / repair / reuse grade
Grade A (Workwear Only)
Items are to be in PERFECT to GOOD vintage workwear condition. Items will look from brand new to still show signs of worked wear, including washable marks like mud, dust, dirt, stains but items can be easily restored/ revived back to their original / as close to original condition as possible.
Grade B (Workwear Only)
Items are to be GOOD to FAIR vintage workwear condition. Items will show signs of heavier wear, will include any of the following defects: unwashable marks, stains including paint, oil, mud small rips, holes or broken/faulty zips on jackets.
Grade C (Workwear Only)
Items are to be UNWEARABLE workwear vintage condition. Items will show signs of huge holes, tears etc... This is a complete rework / repair / reuse grade
SOME INDUSTRY LINGO / PHRASES USED WITHIN SECOND HAND GRADING FOR YOUR FUTURE KNOWLEDGE BELOW
New with Tags / New In Box. Item has never been used, in perfect as-new condition with original sale tags still attached.
New without Tags / New Without Box. Item has never been used, in perfect as-new condition.
Excellent Used Condition. Gently used clothing and shoes have been washed and possibly worn, but appear new and have only very slight signs of wash wear. Item presents in excellent condition.
Very Good Used Condition. Piece has been worn and shows moderate wash wear/fade, but has lots of life left in it.Articles that have been previously worn with no visible flaws are considered in very good condition.
Good Used Condition. Visible signs of wear, but in acceptable condition for a new owner. Item has minor visible flaw(s) and/or significant wash wear/fade.
Fair / Poor. Previously worn apparel with significant visible flaw(s) and/or heavy wash wear/fade is in fair condition.
Clothing that is not wearable and has severe flaws/damage is in poor condition, but may have desirable and useable element(s). These items should be considered in non-working or non-useable condition, resale for parts and/or repairs.