Are you a fan of vintage shopping or one of those that aren’t so much? Either way, I might change your mind. I am not a huge fan of shopping in general, which may be surprising since a) my job and b) because of what I’m about to say next. I love vintage shopping. I didn’t always love it though. I loved the outcome of it but I hated how messy it was, how dusty it was and how long it took. Often times vintage shops are outdoors or indoor without air conditioning and the combination of it all always made me cranky. Something changed in the last few years though, where I now love it. I think it’s because I’ve learned a few things along the way.
How To Successfully Go Vintage Shopping
This answer is a bit different for everyone but if you’re anything like me, these tips will definitely help you!
Step 1: Research Shops
Not every store is the same. Not every store is set up the way I described in the first paragraph, which was shocking to me. While sometimes you do need to suck it up and go to those type of stores to get the best of the best, there are alternatives where you can get just as great of stuff.
What I Look For In A Shop
Three things I always look for: the vibe / aesthetic, the organization, the brands, and air conditioning. Check those things off of my list and I’ll most likely leave finding something I love…and I’ll be happy!
Step 2: Know What You’re Looking For
Whether you’re vintage shopping for furniture (which Matt and I love to do) or vintage shopping for clothing, you want to know what you’re looking for. Going shopping for vintage goods is kind of like going grocery shopping. If you don’t have a grocery list, you’ll end up coming home with everything but nothing you need. Beyond that, it just makes the shopping process so much easier and more efficient.
Step 3: Know Your Prices
Some vintage shops really will overcharge you for items that just aren’t worth that. If you know around how much something should cost (compare the prices between stores that are on the same level or what a similar item is going for on eBay) it will help you know if you’re making a smart purchase or not. On the other hand, don’t be too cheap because it’s “vintage.” Sometimes vintage is worth way ore than new items because it is one of a kind now. Basically, just do your homework and you’ll be alright!
Are you into vintage shopping or do you prefer new?? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below!