Want to start thrifting or delving into the world of vintage? Well, there are a couple of things you should know first if you’re wanting to get the best buys and really start building a collection. Whether you’re looking to buy from thrift shops because you want to keep up with trends but on a budget/shopping sustainably or wanting to start a collection of treasures, we think these tips will help you find what you need.
- Look for authenticity of the era. If you’re wanting to find a real 50s/60s treasure you’ll know whether it’s the real deal because of the material which is often a little more hardwearing and the labels. Clothing from the 70s and further back are often made with materials that were long lasting such as rayon and nylon, hence why they’re still around today in great condition. Be careful of armpit stains as the deodorant used back in the 40s/50s often stained clothing yellow.
- Inspect the item before you buy it. If you’re in a thrift store, the items are usually looked over however there could be buttons missing or stains on the fabric; especially if you’re buying sportswear. That speculator white on nike tracksuits are great, but once they’ve been worn a couple of times, they can fade and look grubby.
- Look for authenticity of the designer. Buying designer items can be a tricky business; if you’re buying from a well trusted thrift store or vintage shop you’re usually fine. Vintage shops pride themselves in finding these items and wouldn’t sell a fake especially not to damage there reputation. Unless you know your stuff, avoid buying via eBay or car boot sales unless they have a certificate of authenticity.
- Consider the shape/size. Sizing standards have changed through the decades. Try the outfit on first, consider taking it to a seamstress if you think it’s a genuine piece and customise it to fit you. A useful rule of thumb is to know that the older the piece, the better the quality.
We hope this is helpful. If you’re ever buying wholesale from us or are looking online, feel free to drop us a message or phone us if you’re wanting to know more about the designer, quality or era.