There is always that fear when you find a gorgeous vintage item that it won’t be there unless you buy it at that very minute. You click the buy it now button without thinking about the items and without thinking about the cost, you head to the till without trying things on, and then you end up with something beautiful but unwearable or unpractical in your closet waiting for you to sell it on or donate it.
Here are some quick tips that I’ve learned over time, and while they may seem similar to tips about normal shopping, they are the best tips for vintage shopping.
Keep A Wish List
At the moment I have a 1950’s black circle skirt on my wish list and I am not allowed to buy anything other than that item. If I find something else then I can not buy it, I add it to my favorites or a list where if I think of the item again and again I will consider allowing myself to buy it. My wish list is also arranged by urgency and I give myself a maximum price per item as well.
Only Search For Items On Your Wish List
Doing a random search for a 1950’s dress can be very dangerous for me, for some people I know it’s 1970’s boho dresses that are the dangerous items. Stick to searching for the items that you’re allowing yourself to remove temptation and to reduce the risk of buying something that you shouldn’t buy.
Only Use Funds in Your PayPal Account or Cash
Don’t use your credit card. Transfer a certain amount of money into the PayPal account and use that as your budget. Or before you go shopping withdraw some cash and don’t go back for more. No money left, no more shopping.
Know Your Measurements
If you don’t know your measurements it can be so easy to say what is described as a small would fit and then find you’ve spent money on something that is too small or even too big. I recommend measuring yourself in the morning before breakfast, after lunch and during your period. That way you can see how your body changes throughout the day and the month.
Haggle Or Walk Away
You’re in a store and you find the perfect item but it’s out of your budget. See if you can haggle for a discount and if they are willing to compromise so that you can afford it. At the very worst learn to walk away – it can be so hard to do that with special items, but sometimes it’s the only way.
Image: Second City Style