Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Vintage Finds

As much as I love scouring the sale racks at my favorite stores (J. Crew, LOFT, Gap, Anthropologie) or online sites (ASOS, Forever 21, ZARA)...sometimes it is nice to find something you know that no one else will have.  That is why I love the thrill of vintage shopping - you can get items that are so unique & have a history, which makes them extra special.  So, I thought I'd share with you some of my favorite vintage pieces I've collected over the years & a few helpful tips for finding your own...


 Choker necklace with a cool shape & hammered finish 



Structured bag + polka-dot scarf



Flowy blouse with feminine details (I have some color-blocked outfits planned for this)



Textured gold bracelets (both purchased on eBay)



Chevron-striped maxi skirt (my most recent Etsy purchase)


Tips for shopping vintage:

* Ignore the tag - manufacturers have changed sizing through the years, so vintage items tend to run at least a size (or two) smaller than what we're familiar with today.  If you're looking at pieces online, always ask for measurements.  If you're in a store, don't let the larger size deter you from trying it on...it just may fit!

* Inspect thoroughly - take a close look at seams, hems and the entire garment.  Vintage clothing can have stains or tears that aren't visible at first glance.  Verify that it is in good shape before you purchase or make sure that you feel confident you can fix the problem (sew on a missing button, restitch the hem, etc.) because most vintage shops don't allow for returns.

* Find a favorite - online sites (like eBay or Etsy) have a wide selection of vintage clothes & accessories, but they may be priced slightly higher (and you have to pay for shipping).  Do an internet search for vintage shops near you and spend a Saturday morning visiting them.  Once you find a store where the selection is good & the prices are fair, talk to the manager to find out when they get new items in.  Sometimes the key to finding those one-of-a-kind pieces is getting there first!

* Don't hesitate - this is probably the only time you will hear me encouraging impulse shopping.  At larger clothing chains, you can usually wait for something to go on sale...or take some time to think about a purchase before pulling the trigger.  But with vintage, if you wait & try to go back later to buy, chances are it will be gone.

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Clara Turbay said...

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The Fashionable ESQ said...

I agree, that's why I like things from estate sales & Ebay! Love the first picture (necklace).

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Annie said...

LOVING the gold statement necklace, and that Etsy skirt!

Annie
The Other Side of Gray

TaraMixandMatch said...

Great tips! You obviously have a great eye for vintage shopping! Me, not so much lol...I never find anything!

My Dressy Ways said...

Thrift shopping is THE most rewarding shopping experience. It's like a high. Lol. I can honestly say that my most treasured pieces are almost all vintage. I think it has something to do with the thrill of the hunt and the bargain price!

Fabulously Average said...

You have some great finds! I'm totally going ot do a search for near by shops in my town. Thanks for the awesome tips:)

Alyson said...

EXCELLENT FINDS! I now feel like I need to search for a chevron skirt. Love your tips, too...so true about needing to be a bit impulsive. You snooze ya lose (ok, cheese moment done!).

Just Another Shopaholic said...

What a beautiful necklace!! And that skirt is to die for.

Rachels Lookbook said...

I love thrift shopping! Looks like you do well with it... that necklace is stunning! I have typically had really good luck at Goodwill, and there are two big stores here... one just a few minutes away from the Mall of America. I am always amazed at what I can find and how many compliments I get on some items, especially from my boyfriend (he is always shocked when he finds out I bought it at a vintage or re-sale store). I actually love to find vintage stores before I travel somewhere... a couple of my favorites are Time after Time Vintage in Chapel Hill, NC(http://www.timeaftertimevintageclothing.com) and Betty's Boutique in Napa Valley, CA (no online store...so sad because she takes old vintage fabrics and turns them into the coolest modern dress styles!)

Great post :)

jenn~the stylish housewife said...

i CAN'T wait to see how you wear the chevron skirt! such a great find. and you always find the most amazing jewelry...i want to steal that necklace!!!

xoxo, jenn
the stylish housewife

Real Girl Glam said...

Love your finds! That first necklace is gorgeous.

Megan, The Frugalista Diaries said...

Love these, such a great finds! I want the maxi skirt!

Feenkuss said...

Wow amazing necklace :)

Lovely greetz from germany.

xoxo
Ina

Zoey said...

I love this post. Vintage shopping is the best! Can't wait to see how you mix and match all the pieces

Keep up the good work!

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Fashion By Alicia said...

Great finds! I love the structured handbag. Beautiful!

Erica said...

Great finds! I am loving that hammered necklace!

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Court said...

Awesome tips, and LOVE the necklace you found...gorgeous!

The Key To Chic said...

Such helpful and wise advice! I love thrifting several times per month, and these tips are so true! Sizing can be inconsistent, so I always try on if in doubt. I also go on sale days, or when they have special discounts. Love that red top, it's so pretty! Enjoy your new finds!

luvvleighb said...

Ah! Love vintage finds! Completely fantastic!
Luvv, Leigh B

kiley said...

your painted bracelets look so professional - i am dying to try it myself! you're inspired me!

kiley

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Phuong said...

wow amazing vintage finds

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Really Petite said...

I am dying over that necklace and those bracelets! Do the bracelets fit?

FYI- I checked one more LOFT for that necklace and nothing :( Been so busy- forgot to tweet ya!

Annalise said...

Love it! All great finds. Thanks for the "tips". So true! Don't hesitate... is how I missed out on owning a white lace dress from Peggy Lee's estate :(
xx - Annalise
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