How To Shop For Vintage Clothing

Posted on August 30, 2013

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With fall around the corner thrift or vintage shopping can be a great budget friendly way to spruce up your wardrobe without breaking the bank. Here are a few tips that will help you on your next trip to the vintage store.

Vintage clothing stores are  privately owned usually hand picked , curated collection where you can find one of a kind pieces. Thrift stores are based on donations from citizens and you can purchase items ranging from sweatshirt to a 1940’s vintage dress .

Before Thrift/Vintage Shopping

  1. Wear lightweight clothing and shoes  that you can easily slip off when trying on clothing in the change room.
  2. Take an inventory of your wardrobe and make a list of what items you are hoping to score. Ask yourself why you are thrifting. Are you looking for unique wardrobe staples or trendy items? Take a look through your favourite magazine or fashion blog and take note of this season’s must haves. You’d be surprise how much money you can save when you stick to lists.
  3. Know your measurements. This is particularly useful when shopping online. Some vintage sites don’t go by size but by measurements.

Tailoring your clothes How To Shop For Vintage Clothing

During Thrift/Vintage Shopping

  1. Vanity Sizing: Don’t just try on clothing in your size. Because of vanity sizing ( brands change measurements so a woman who once wore a size 16 can now wear a 12 or 14).  For instance I bought a vintage jacket that is marked size 14 but I currently wear a size 18.
  2. Dry Cleaning: When purchasing vintage clothing don’t forget to include the cost of dry cleaning. This can significantly increase the cost of your purchase. I once paid $90 in dry cleaning for a jacket that cost me $50 trust me the jacket wasn’t worth.
  3. Tailoring: The tailor is your friend! Every garment that you purchase can be tailored to fit your body.
  4.  Fabrics: Know you’re fabrics. Polyester is a common fabric used in vintage clothing and  does not breathe in the same way natural fabrics do. If you are looking for that unique dress for an outdoor wedding don’t pick a dress made from vintage polyester. Chances are you’ll be sweating a like Christian in a strip club (thanks Jill)
  5. If you don’t like it at the store you wont like it at home.
  6. Thoroughly examine the garment before you leave the store. Most vintage/thrifting stores won’t allow you to return items.
  7. When shopping vintage/thrift  its best to walk with cash. Sometimes you can get a discount or pay no tax.

Do you have any tips when vintage/thrift shopping?

Your style should not be defined by your size!

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  • Eat.Style.Play

    These are great tips. None of the Thrift Stores near me have good finds that my friend.

    • fatinthecity

      Thank you:) I know what you mean thrifting can be so challenging I look everywhere and anywhere. hope you had a great long weekend.

  • Kurves

    Such Great tips. Just found your blog and can’t wait to read more so, I am going to follow via bloglovin.

    • fatinthecity

      I’m so glad that you found me! xoxo

  • Belle

    I never thought about factoring in dry cleaning! Thanks for the tip!

    • fatinthecity

      Belle (love your name)! My nickname is Bella:) Dry cleaning used to get me every time and drive me crazy. So glad I could help

  • Jenn

    Great post!
    I wanted to try it but didn’t know where to start!

    • fatinthecity

      You should try it! You just have to be patient and be willing to try on everything:)