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As a vintage/ second-hand shopper of five years and seller of four, I have put together some of my tips and tricks that could help you on your thrifty journey. Second-hand shopping isn’t easy to start with but it can be thrilling and rewarding once you get the hang of it. There will be days where you find nothing and others where the thrift fairies are in your favour. So, here are a few guidelines I would go by when searching for vintage in real life, opposed to online… (we will come onto that later)
KNOW YOUR PRICE POINTS.
Although the item may be second hand, does not mean the price tag will be lower. Most vintage stores are curated which will explain their price points. I would suggest having varied price limits for each location you visit. For example, paying £100 for a jacket in a curated vintage store would be more acceptable than buying the same jacket at a car boot sale for the same price. You’re paying for the luxury of having it cleaned, repaired and hung inside a shop .
Price points are personal, they will vary from shopper to shopper, so I would always suggest deciding what suits you and what you can afford to spend on clothing. However, do not be fooled by the word ‘vintage’. Hearing that an item is ‘vintage’ (twenty years or older), you can easily be made to think that it has a greater value to an item that’s only ten years old.
WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN IT COMES TO PRICE POINTS.
- Is the item in good condition, are there any holes, stains or areas of discolouration? If so, how much will it cost to have the item repaired? If you’re planning on reselling the item, will you be losing money?
- Is the item unique, rare or desirable? Have you found an item (second hand) you wanted from a fast fashion retailer but weren’t prepared to pay the price/ sold out before you had the chance to buy?
- Are you supporting an independent business? Has the item been reworked? Are you more inclined to buy the item because you understand their price points and the effort behind them?
- Before setting off to the charity shops, do some research. How much of the profits go to the cause rather than the big bosses? *eye roll*
PLACES TO FIND SECOND HAND.
This is something that I personally get asked regularly, although it’s not always about the location, it’s the potential you see in the items. However, a good place to start shopping would be charity shops (after you’ve done your research of course). There is usually one or two on every Highstreet, so accessible for most. People may commonly state that by shopping in affluent areas, you’re always likely to find better things. It depends what you’re in the market for and what you count as ‘better’. Don’t always believe them on that one , give every location a go , you never know what you might find. Car bootsales and flea markets are fun and definitely an experience. If you’re new to second-hand shopping, they may feel a little too much at first as there is masses to see, but once you’ve got to grips with what you’re looking for e.g. size, style, colour and your price points, it will become easier and more natural.
REPAIRING AND SALVAGING, GETTING RID OF SMELLS.
Second-hand items are not new. They have either been used or kept by somebody else, therefore you’re most likely to come across a few stains or smells. Although this can be a major turn off, don’t put the item down straight away. If its stained, try to work out a rough idea of what it could be and if it could be removed with Vanish/ stain remover. When it comes to smells, you can sometimes find yourself in a tricky situation. Most surface smells will come out with multiple washes and scented products; however, scents of smoke and mould will usually have diffused into the fabric. I would also get yourself a basic sewing kit to fix those pesky holes. You can find everything you need to know about repairs on Youtube.
KNOWING WHERE TO START.
As we all know, second hand shopping is overwhelming to start with. There is so much to see and it can be tricky knowing what to and what not to buy. If you are finding yourself stuck in a bit of a rut, try stripping it back to the basics. If you shop new, don’t suddenly stop overnight, you’re more likely to feel the temptation to go back. Try adding small things, statement pieces or unique items into your wardrobe through second hand shopping and go from there . For example, a jacket or scarf. Wear your favourite jeans and t-shirt that may or may not be fast fashion, but by adding that small segment of preloved, your outfit will be transformed.
I go by a wardrobe rule. I do have fast fashion/ designer items in my personal wardrobe but I don’t wear them all at once, in one outfit . Learn to incorporate both your second hand into your new pieces, vice versa. If my t-shirt is Zara and my shoes are Converse, I would go for a vintage Levi and my trusty charity shop suede bag or Prada tote. For example , my outfit below; old Boohoo flares (from when I used to only shop fast fashion), car boot sale plain white t-shirt and a vintage velvet jacket. It’s all about balance.
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