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How to Shop Vintage

Shopping vintage is now in vogue. I know many people who shop vintage on a monthly basis in search for the next investment piece/accessory.

 

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If you like to shop vintage, you may find these tips useful –

 

Take your time

Take your time when you go shopping for vintage items. You have to be patient and happy to go through the many rails instead of the next treasure. It is unlikely you would be able to return a vintage item, so take your time, try it on and make sure you are very happy with the item(s).

 

Go for investment pieces

Go for investment pieces if you can afford to. They stand the test of time, and do not lose their value over the years. I would only shop vintage investment pieces. I don’t see the point in shopping vintage for anything less, except it is a gem.

 

Go for classics

Go for classic vintage pieces in classic shapes and colours. This way you can get the maximum wear out of the pieces from year to year.

 

Get the time right

Timing is everything when it comes to many things, and vintage shopping is no exception. The best time to shop vintage is after Christmas and New Year celebrations; and at the end of every season. Getting the time right means you would grab the best vintage items before anyone.

 

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Go for the highest quality

When it comes to vintage, the highest quality is the best to buy. Take a good look at every item before you buy, and aim to go for the highest quality items. Natural fabrics are the best. They hang better, last longer and look great.

 

Understand vintage language

Understanding the vintage language is very important especially when shopping vintage online. For example “mint condition” means the item is as good as new, while “good condition” means the item is wearable but with flaws. Understanding the vintage lingo would help you get the right picture of the state of the item.

 

Be careful online

I love shopping online but I am always careful when buying anything that is not from a regular high street or designer brand. I am usually more careful shopping the less popular/independent/marketplace sellers online. So I won’t advise anyone to shop vintage online. I think vintage is best bought in the flesh.

 

What are your thoughts on vintage shopping? Do you have any tips to share?

 

 

 

 

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42 responses

  1. I this I will not buy vintage items online or maybe those with high values. Its better to see it physically to check the authenticity. I agree that we really aware of the vintage languages as well.

  2. Great advice! I love vintage and different. I agree it’s best done in a shop than online. There are some things vintage included that it’s best to head for retail therapy

  3. I’ve never bought vintage, but after reading this post, it sounds less scary and there are actually lots of beautiful vintage shops in Sheffield πŸ™‚ x

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