I’d like to welcome my little sister Lindsey Crawford to the blogosphere! She has always been a bit of an inspiration – especially in her fashion choices. I’m a bit of a “does it look good”, “does it fit” sort of gal…Lindsey pushes the boundaries of what is expected and always finds a new way to simultaneously keep up with the trends AND look completely unique. And without further ado, here she is!
Vintage shopping can be a little overwhelming. With the large variety of materials and assortment of colors, it’s a difficult task to sort through all of those “old” or “used” pieces just to find one or two treasures. But take it from me, the digging is worth it and can even be fun if you have the right mindset. That’s why I’ve put together some tips and ideas to help on your next vintage adventure. You will find some great items for you and your home. Happy Hunting! -Lindsey
Before you go:
Do some research and find a few boutiques in your area.
Make a day of it and plan to hop around to one or two, even three if you have time.
Don’t rush. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time at each store. Vintage shopping usually isn’t an in and out kind of experience.
Keep an open mind. Sometimes you will walk out with nothing, other times…well, you might have to break out the credit card. Just remember to go back at a later date. Buyers change their stock constantly and are always getting new, interesting items from estate sales- you never know what you will find.
While you’re there:
Take your time and enjoy the experience. Sort through each piece taking the time to look it over. Check out the unique details of the garment- the fabric, stitching, buttons, the cut, lining, etc. Believe me, I have fallen in love with a button more than once.
Go hands free. It’s much easier to peruse if you can use both hands. So grab your cross-body, pull your sleeves up, and get in there.
If you like it, try it. Don’t be deceived by a piece that might look a little too small or even too large. The cuts and materials that we’re used to seeing today are very different than vintage pieces. It might surprise you and fit just right, or with the addition of a belt may accent your shape perfectly. Really though, what’s the harm in trying it?
Fall in love. Take note of the quality of the fabrics, stitching, the unique shapes and colors that you can find. Also, keep an eye out for jewelry as this is a great place to find affordable but timeless jewelry rings, necklaces, everything bling.
Get granny chic with it. Be creative with your style and don’t be afraid to tap into your inner lady. A lot of the pieces found in vintage boutiques these days are from the 50s and 60s, when women dressed to impress 24/7. There are lots of ways to express your femininity and what better way than a delicate piece straight from grandma’s closet.
Fur. Speaking of grandma’s closet, you will definitely find some fur in there. Some of the best and affordable fur coats (faux and real) can be found in vintage stores.
Reduce, reuse, recycle. Vintage shopping is another way we can reduce our carbon footprint and wear pieces that have already been produced. Why buy from the “fake vintage” stores and walk out with overpriced high-waisted trousers that are made in China, when you can have the real thing for half the price!?
Don’t know how to wear it? Check out some shows/movies: Mad Men, The Help, Breakfast at Tiffanys. Suggestions: mix something old with something new…there are no rules!
P.S. Some of Lindsey’s favorite Vintage Shops:
- Value Vintage (Kannapolis, NC) – CHEAPEST, best stuff! This place isn’t that well known, so it hasn’t been picked over yet.
- Junction (@ the trendy U Street in Washington, D.C.) – Style Me Thrifty recently did a review of it.
- Dr. K’s Vintage (U Street, Washington, D.C.) – Amazing finds! Check out Breathnaigh for their review of it.
- Villa Consegna (Five Points, Raleigh, NC) – Really unique items. High fashion. Their Website
- Revolver Boutique (Glenwood South, Raleigh, NC) – Every time I stop in here, I find something I need!