I’ve been Vintage shopping for years and people always ask me questions about what I wear so I’ve decided to share some of my Vintage shopping Tips!
First and foremost please don’t use the words “Thrifting” “Thrift” “Thrifty” around me. I call it “Vintage Shopping” simply because I don’t pick up just anything and sometimes these slightly used goods are even more expensive than the new “Trendy” items that people are buying.
I haven’t always been a Vintage shopper but my obsession with things not of this time started in my mothers closet. In my early 20s I didn’t want to look like anyone else and my main concern was not having on the same clothes as anyone else. So I went in my mothers closet and took a few items and started wearing them.
TIP #1: Have A vision!
- If you’re going shopping to find something for a particular event you should always have an idea of what you want to wear so that you can shop according to those guidelines.
- One thing that gets tedious when it comes to Vintage shopping is the time needed to peruse. But when you have an idea of what you’re looking for you can narrow down your search and focus on one or two things. Whether it be a dress, jeans, a jacket, shoes or a purse.
Just a few #TBTs of my past Vintage looks!:
TIP #2: Make Time!
- If you like to shop like myself the experience is therapeutic but a lot of people get overwhelmed when it comes to Vintage shopping. One of the complaints I get when I talk to people about Vintage shopping is “I don’t have time to rummage through used clothes”
- Well honey when you have a vision you can set aside enough time to find that unique piece you’re looking for!
- Go with a friend that may have an interest in Vintage shopping; having someone to bounce ideas off of is always a good idea!
TIP #3 : Alter Your Clothes!
- Don’t be upset that you’ve found the perfect vintage dress but it doesn’t fit; whether it is too big or too small buy it anyway and think of ways to make it work!
- I always alter my clothes whether it is vintage or brand new. I like my clothes to fit my body a certain way so I make alterations apart of my budget when purchasing any item.
A few of my most recent Vintage looks:
TIP #4: Have An Open Mind!
- Yes, having a plan is number one but the great thing about Vintage shopping is you can spot something that will immediately inspire you and change the way you were thinking!
- Don’t turn your back on something because it is not your style or the colour scares you; change is good! And the one thing Vintage Shopping will expose you to is unique things!
- Side tip*** you may have found a dress for example but you love the top part but hate the bottom, buy it anyway and take it in for alterations! Cut it into two pieces, alter the top and the bottom to fit and you can wear them separately OR you can keep the part that you love!
I usually shop at The Village/VV Boutique! And if you have to ask “oh what’s that?” You tried it! Just think about it. This is when I couldn’t be stopped lol. I’ve been to a lot of different locations in the GTA and I found that there are certain ones that have better quality clothing than others. I Like to go to the more upscale areas where the VV Boutiques have a variety of quality leathers, furs, silks, coats etc. Oh and look out for the 50% sales! (Usually on a Tuesday)
TIP #5: Budget!
You can easily pick up 5 items an end up spending $200 for no damn reason. So please have a budget before you walk in these places because I guarantee you’ll want everything!
Now, Vintage shopping can be overwhelming so take your time! Go through the racks, theres hidden gems everywhere so always keep an eye out. Sometimes Vintage shopping may inspire you to switch up your style and wear things you may not normally wear!
Happy Shopping ya’ll!
— Ms. Mesha Gaye