Shopping for vintage clothes can be a challenge as it requires a good eye for quality and practicality. Vintage items can be the centerpieces of your wardrobe and can be the most versatile items in your collection. The more you do it and the more you practice what to look for, the easier it will become. You will soon be a vintage shopping expert.
Tip 1: Visit known stores
There are many vintage and thrift stores in any city. Ask your friends and Google which ones are good and have good reviews. If you have a few names that you can trust and will likely find what you’re looking for, it will make things a lot easier.
Tip 2: Inspect the items before buying
Vintage generally means that it was owned before. It will be in your best interest to inspect pockets, seams, buttons, zippers, insignia, etc. to make sure there isn’t anything faulty or missing. If you are happy with the condition, go for it.
Tip 3: Know what you want
The best way to have a successful vintage shopping spree is to have a list or at least know what you are looking for. If you want some funky accessories, you may find a store that specializes in that. If you want a vintage denim jacket, you will know what to look for. Vintage stores are often packed with a lot of stuff, so it will be easier if you know what to look for.
Tip 4: If it doesn’t fit, can you alter it?
Some vintage pieces may not fit exactly right, but that doesn’t mean that you should leave them. Decide what exactly you want to with it and whether you can make alterations to make it fit or use it in some other way. Make sure the price of alterations doesn’t exceed the buying price otherwise it may not be worth it.
Shopping for vintage clothing should be fun and enjoyable. If you follow these tips and also allow for some open-mindedness, you may be surprised at the wonderful things you can find.