Saving money on your style by shopping vintage
Vintage clothing is described as new or second hand garments originating from different era of time.
The phrase is also used in connection with a retail outlet, e.g. “vintage clothing store.” and one reason why I love it is because I can have a very unique yet affordable style.
Now I’m not saying everything in your wardrobe needs to come from your favorite flea market/consignment store, but you can enjoy shopping for a few of these pre-loved treasures. Vintage items can cost anywhere from .50 cents to 20 dollars.
I myself have found a few items to add to my style and I tell you not only does it make it fun to shop it’s also an amazing compliment when you have people noticing what you have on. The best thing is that only you know that your outfit cost much less than what you would pay in a high end store.
When you shop vintage here are a few tips to use.
Set a Budget
Whether you’re shopping in a used clothing store or looking online, you should try setting a budget before buying anything.
Besides, that’s what the point of all of this is anyways, saving money and finding a fun new style.
The best part about setting a budget is that if you under spend, you can save the money for your next shopping trip.
Know What You Are Looking For
Look through current designer items and find something that you love now. Then you can look for that same designer’s previous seasons for a similar look at a fraction of the current cost.
Chances are, they will have made something similar in the past. Especially considering that many styles cycle back every three to five years.
Check with Friends or Family
Enjoy plundering through friends or family closets that might have the perfect vintage item for you. If they are still hanging around that it’s probably a good sign that the clothing/accessories are well taken care of.
Check the Quality Before Buying
Even the most in-demand designer label vintage clothing won’t be valuable if it is in poor condition. It is important to check for tears, stains, strains and anywhere that the garment has been mended.
Know How to Wear Current
If you buy items of clothing that are vintage be aware of how to mix them in with your current style. This updates your vintage look a bit more.
Be sure that the quality of clothing is durable enough to be altered if needed. You want your clothes to fit properly whether they are vintage or not.
Bring a Buddy
There is nothing wrong with bringing a friend along. It’s always a great idea to get opinions from your BFF’s.
And rummaging through all those treasures might end up being a fun day for all involved.
Wash Your Clothes
Yes, be sure that the clothing you purchased can be washed or dry-cleaned. There is a reason the clothes are called vintage.
Just as you can find vintage pieces to compliment the current fashion trends, you can also use vintage to go against them.
With vintage you can find classics that have never gone out of style or you can find off the wall pieces to set yourself apart from the mainstream.
So enjoy shopping for vintage. Have fun with the experience and creating a unique style.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to look fabulous. Make your style a story to tell.