How to Shop for Vintage Clothes

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I always think the simplest way to get a super cool outfit is to mix old and new. Create a balance between new things and things you may have had for years or sourced from a thrift/vintage shop.

I don’t always find vintage shopping that easy, Sometimes I don’t like rummaging all that much. None the less I’ve been sporting a few vintage items as of late thanks to a few vintage sales, snooping the rails at Beyond Retro and my local charity shops.

For todays post I thought I’d share some of my top tips on how to shop smart at the thrift shop.

Check Labels
My mum once picked up a real Burberry Trench coat from a local charity shop after it’s owner discarded it. Granted it was about £40 which is “expensive” for a charity shop but HELLO… real Burberry for way less that retail. Always check the labels for designer brands - the 80’s and 90’s are so in right now and a lot of the collections currently out are throwbacks to those eras. Perfect for thrift shop gold.

Avoid basics
No body wants a grotty old second hand plain tee. When vintage shopping always look for key and unique pieces that make a statement. Keep your peepers out for loud prints, stylish embellishments and floral detailing. All of these are on trend and worth looking for when on the prowl for vintage gems.

Old Bag’s
Bags are a great find vintage shopping. All of the high-street at the moment are vintage inspired bags that have been made to look like they are really old. Why not go for a rummage and get something truly vintage! Again check the labels as you never know what you might come across.

The beauty of vintage shopping is that your going to have something no one else will have. The sly smugness when someone asks where and item is from and you get to say “oh it’s vintage” is almost as satirising as telling someone something is from Primark and seeing their shocked expression. Good luck!

40 comments

  1. Love your dress! Great tips, a gorgeous vintage handbag is my favourite charity shop find xx

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  2. I love thrifting for vintage treasures! :) I adore your Youtube channel, you videos always put a smile on my face.
    Lots of love xx

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  3. Haha completely agree! I've had some really shocked looks in the past when I simply answer with "oh it's a primarni creation" ... And they'll follow with "oh I never find anything like that in there" ... I'm not so good when it comes to vintage finds though. Mind you, admittedly I don't put as much time in :( xx

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  4. I have been vintage shopping in ages. I really have to be in the right food to sift through the rails to find the goof stuff
    Reinventing Neesha ♥

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  5. Patterns are always something I look for as they're so unique!

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  6. Love vintage too, your dress is fab!

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  8. Great tips, vintage is always great to find one-off statement pieces and fantastic odds & ends :)

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  9. This is such an adorable outfit ! Love it !

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  10. Love this dress! I definitely also have a love-hate relationship with vintage finds. Rummaging through the rails and not knowing exactly what you want is sometimes a problem but when you find that one unique staple piece that nobody else will have, it makes it well worth it! Thanks for the tips :) x

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  11. Wearing clothes should always be about making a statement.

    /Avy

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  12. I love vintage shopping but I wish they had more vintage shops near where I live :(
    Marissa Jamie : Faithfully, Marissa ♡

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  13. Great tips for vintage shopping, i always love going shopping at the northern quarter in manchester to find amazing vintage items

    Emma at www.collagemepretty.blogspot.co.uk

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  14. I picked up a £50 Burberry Winter coat last year - the savings and love for second hand are real!

    Lauren x
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  15. These are great tips! I would love to go to a vintage store but we don't really have one around here but if I could go, I would definitely buy a bag :)
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  16. Lovely dear.
    xo
    Happy friday

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  17. Oh, that dress is gorgeous! Actually, this post couldn't have come at a better time - I've just spent a day volunteering at a charity shop, and picked up a stunning vintage Dorothy Perkins skirt for £5. It looks pretty much brand new and fits like a dream. Feeling lucky with that find! x

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  18. Your dress is lovely! These are some great tips! Definitely going to check the label next time I go charity shopping!
    Jodie xo // La Lune Song

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  19. Amazing tips. I just adore vintage clothes. Btw you look gorgeous xx

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  20. Love this, over the summer my friends and I would go into the city into the slightly more well off parts and go to charity shops there, there was so many bags, even a real Chanel purse! Unfortunately they weren't going to sell it for another week as it was their promotion for the week. x

    Gabrielle Isabella

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  21. Bags are definitely one thing that I love to buy second hand!

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  22. I love buying bags at vintage shops, there's always so much choice! It takes ages to go through the mountains of clothes, but it's well worth it if you come across a classic piece.

    Tessa / Bramble & Thorn

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  23. Thank you for the tips! ^__^ X
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  24. I love charity shopping, I can't wait to go here in Auckland as its meant to be amazing!

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  25. Great tips - I keep meaning to visit charity shops because I keep seeing outfits with some amazing finds!
    xxx

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  26. Oooh thanks for the tips! I've never been vintage shopping before but there's a VV Vinted event coming up in Dec near me so will definitely out them into practice 👌😙 curiousaliceloves.wordpress.com

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  27. Love your leather jacket and your trips!

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  29. adore your dress!

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  30. loved the dress- definitely have to go thrift shopping now!!
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  31. Great tips, thanks! http://fancyourlife.blogspot.ro/

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  32. I find vintage shopping so hard, the sizes are never right for me!

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  35. Great tips
    Definitely agree about avoiding the basics
    Also find the cuts far more flattering than high street offerings
    Those 50's / 60's cuts are everything

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  36. I always shy away from vintage stuff because I feel like I don't really know what I'm looking for. These are awesome tips, thanks!

    Ashley xx
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  37. This dress is gorg!
    I love vintage shopping- you can always find some gems!
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