Wednesday, August 30

My Guide to Buying Vintage #1


Since I started buying most clothes from second-hand shops and posting photos wearing these pieces I've received a few messages asking me what were my favourite vintage shops online and if I had any tips on how to get the best finds. With this, I thought it was a good idea to write a series of posts letting you know about my tips and tricks and my favourite affordable sites to buy cool vintage second had pieces that won't ruin your wallet. I thought I would divide this guide into two posts the first being 'How to Buy Vintage' and the second, 'Where to Buy Vintage'. Hope you find this useful!

HOW TO BUY VINTAGE


1. Expect to take longer to find something you like. If you're buying vintage (weather it's online or not) you can't expect to find exactly what you're looking for (especially when you look for very specific trend pieces) as fast as you find them on, let's say, Zara or H&M. Although this might me a little frustrating for some people - because you look look & look and find nothing - it is could become a really entertaining hobby to people who love researching - like me! Vintage shopping takes time and patience, but, to me, that's where the fun and interesting part of the 'game' resides.

2. Measurements, measurements measurements! Almost every time, vintage sizes are not the same as modern sizes plus, sometimes, the tag does not correspond to the actual size of the piece, because not only the pieces may have gotten some wear (which means they could be bigger from the frequent washing) or could have been altered/fitted by the owner. So, if you're buying online always ask the seller about the measurements of the piece so you can make sure you won't end up buying something too big or too small. Do this especially when buying vintage jeans because the sizing can be very tricky. Always ask for the hips and waist measurements, so you avoid having to return them.

3. Keep checking the website for new items. Most vintage online boutiques only stock one piece of each model they have so, usually they sell out really quickly, sometimes, in just a few hours. The best thing you can do to be one the first people to see the newest products is to subscribe to the Newsletter. I know, Newsletters can be annoying (and I'm probably subscribed to about a thousand for reasons I can't recall) but most vintage shops that I'm subscribed to don't send out emails as frequently as most shops so our problems are solved!

4. Ask the seller about the condition of the piece. If you're buying on Ebay, you're most likely to find many cheap pieces of which many are also damaged and sometimes that is not mentioned or if it is, it's not highlighted and it's usually hidden. Stains and holes are a no-go because you are not likely to be able to remove them or fix them.

5. Get over the stigma. When I talk to people about buying second-hand clothing some react like it was something unpleasing. They usually argue that the pieces have been worn by other people and that second-hand clothes are for the poor. I totally disagree with this: these are just preconceptions that should be left aside, there's nothing awful about owning pieces that have been worn nor it is a sign of poverty to buy second-hand clothes. Rationally, buying second-hand is unarguably the best way to help the environment because you're not only keeping the clothes out of the landfills but you're also not spending anymore water and creating chemical waste that pollutes the environment. Fun-fact: it takes 2720 liters of water to make a t-shirt - for more facts like this one, visit fashionrevolution.org and I'm sure you'll get my point!


Keep an eye on the blog to know when the second part of the guide is up, where you'll get to know all my secret places to buy vintage online. And remember, buying vintage is the best way to help the environment plus you also get unique pieces, which helps you grow a distinct style.


Photo via TaylrAnne.com

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