Vintage Shopping Tips and Tricks

There's something extremely satisfying and rewarding about the response, "Oh, it's vintage!" when asked about the dress you are wearing - especially when you are able to clearly recall the long hour you spent digging around for it. Walking into any thrift shop - the racks packed with clothing and the shelves stacked high with random stuff - can be daunting. However, with a few tips and tricks and the right mindset, you'll find scores of one man's junk to become your new treasure. Thrift shopping is not only good for your wallet, but good for your wardrobe and home too - not to mention it's also very eco-friendly. Second-hand shopping gets major points.

Dedicate a day to it
That means allowing yourself as long as you need because thrifting is no quick in-and-out shopping trip. Stay hydrated and full, and stay comfortable. Nothing is worse than when your tummy is rumbling and you've just discovered a stairwell leading to the second floor. Definitely don't wear heels to go digging the racks and shelves (who wears heels to go shopping, though?). Wear something comfortable and be prepared to be gone for a good portion of the day.

Make a list 
Do your research. Shopping without an idea of what you're looking for could result in spending more money than you planned as well as time. Sometimes it can get a little overwhelming because there is so much and everything is individualized so it's good t just be prepared. Also, some thrift shops are better than others, so check the reviews. If you're unsure of what thrift shops are in the area, go to and type in your zip code. It lists all the stores in that area; complete with their hours, location, and reviews.

Go with a friend 
It will make the experience all the better. They can dig with you and maybe point something out that you missed. Plus your friend can be that backbone if you're trying to decide whether to buy something - if it's really worth the money or not.

Be prepared to dig and dig andddddd dig 
It's no secret that shopping vintage is going to be so much different than popping into to your favorite store to browse. You're going to have to look a little harder, dig a little deeper, and spend a little more time on it. Just stay focused and let it add to the fun!

Be creative
Have a good eye and know that you can spice something up a little bit if it's not quite what you want. For instance, turn a pair of "mom-jeans" into high wasted shorts for the summertime. 

Frequency is key/Pick a good day
Great merchandise will move fast in the thrift stores, so if you stop in on a "bad day" when everything is picked over, don't sweat it. Don't be afraid to leave empty handed, sometimes that's just how it goes. Just understand that you might have to stop back in on a different day. You can always ask the employees when the best times to visit are. Usually, stores will get most of the new donations on the weekends, so go on a Monday or Tuesday!

I hope that this list can help you with your next vintage shopping experience. As I mentioned previously, it can be a little overwhelming at first because while thrift stores are usually organized by sections, it's still a little less organized than your typical non-thrifty stores. Even if you don't find anything, it's still fun to take pictures and find inspiration. Think about the past these clothes hold and how cool it is to give items a new life rather than throwing them out. And of course, have fun with it!

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