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…
* 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.