Shopping 2nd-Hand

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It’s my jam, man.

Whether I find the new season’s must-have or a major score with a serious story, my heart skips a beat when I come across something with a past-life that outlives my own.

TRUE vintage clothing and home decor make up the most of my treasures, but I also love shopping at resale shops, consignment stores & online spots for new-to-me pieces that add a unique touch to my current collections.

One of my most frequently asked questions is about resources and tips for how y’all can fit more of the same type of searching into your own shopping habits, and this is the page for YOU!

Keep reading for the full run-down, and of course you can let me know if you have any additional questions in the comments section below…

Shopping Tips

  1. Start with the accessories. Usually around the edges or at the front counters of the stores, these can be the best spots to score deep discounts on things that someone else has already “driven off the lot”.
  2. Look out for fakes. Store clerks don’t always know the difference, and not only do you want to avoid taking one home, but it would suck to spend a bunch on something that wasn’t the real thing!
  3. Go with a list. It might seem unlikely that you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for, but staying focused will help you from overspending on impulse purchases.
  4. Give yourself a 3-size range. Especially in shoes, especially in vintage. Different brands & designers are cut a gazillion different ways, and you never know when someone else’s alterations could make a piece the perfect fit on you.
  5. Save your Craigslist keywords/criteria. Click the little button that asks you to keep what items/locations you’re looking for to make the searching quick and easy. (If you have something specific in mind, check a few times a day!)
  6. Offer low and don’t forget about bartering. Lots of places will entertain lower offers on their merchandise, and Craigslist or garage sales are great spots to practice “The Big Ask.”
  7. Keep alteration costs in mind. No point in buying a $5 blazer if you’re going to have to spend $100 in re-building it to fit your frame.  (Things like removing shoulder pads, replacing matched buttons or getting out icky smells are much easier, and less expensive.)
  8. Go in leggings + a cami. Dressing rooms (especially at thrift stores) usually leave a LOT to be desired, so having a base layer that you can throw things over is VERY handy.
  9. Use the windows to shop luxury items. They put the snazzy stuff in the front displays, folks. Peep in the windows before stepping inside, and don’t be afraid to ask for something off of a mannequin.
  10. Bring your pre-loved items for a deal. Lots of spots will allow you to sell your own items for store credit (or a lesser % in cash), and I’ve bought countless items at Crossroads this way without ever spending a DIME.

And lastly… Go alone. No one rushing you through the process, and no one stealing your great deals. ;)

Favorite Stores

Vintage:

Re-sale/Consignment:

Online:

Thrift Stores:

It may sound like a lot of work, but it is SO worth it when you find things that make your style more unique, your home cozier and your stories richer.

Keep in mind that this is a true love and long-time hobby of mine, so if you’re not feeling “into it” right away, I’d recommend trying a few different methods and then giving yourself some grace and the A-OK to shop however you please. ;)

Happy shopping, and don’t forget to share your finds with me on the S&P facebook page!