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why i love shopping vintage...

why i love shopping vintage

If you follow along on Instagram, I'm often sharing trips that I take to the Rosebowl Flea Market or estates sales. My love for vintage has truly gotten stronger and more cohesive over time. It's developed partially based on a deeper appreciation for pieces from the past as well as me coming into my personal style more so as I have gotten older. Here are a few reasons why I love shopping vintage...

why i love shopping vintage

1. Unique pieces that (likely) no one else has. Sometimes, vintage clothing looks vintage (like this dress above). There is sometimes a cut or style of pattern that definitely dates itself but in a way that you like. And sometimes, it's not obvious that a piece is vintage as the style has either come back to be very current or it just happens to be a more classic vintage piece. Regardless if someone can tell it's vintage or not, the fun part is that there is a very small chance that anyone else will have that piece you just found. Pair it with everyday basics from current stores, and it becomes a great way to have a wardrobe that's both accessible and unique.

why i love shopping vintage

2. Less waste. Shopping for vintage clothing is the ultimate form of upcycling or reusing within the realm of fashion. While I do love fast fashion for some things (my favorite pair of overalls is from Target!), I also am getting to the stage of my life where I don't want to buy something simply because it's cheap and trendy and then be done with it a month later. Vintage clothes already exist out there in the world. So, when you get something vintage, you're giving it a longer life and likely replacing it with something else new you might have otherwise bought.

why i love shopping vintage

3. There are stories behind these pieces that then get continued through you. This is SUCH a fun part of vintage to me. I love imagining who first bought the piece, and why they bought it. What did they wear it to? What time period was that? What joys did they experience? I most likely will never know the answers, but it's so fun to imagine, isn't it?

why i love shopping vintage

4. You can buy vintage for such a great price (or not). Some vintage clothing is CRAZY expensive...like more expensive then what you would pay for something new because it is in amazing quality or has a designer label on it. That is certainly one way to go (and I will occasionally splurge on something I know is a legit piece of fashion history). But I mostly love vintage when I score a piece for a deal. My favorite booth at the Rosebowl Flea Market sells most pieces for $7-15 each. I might walk away with a handful of pieces and spend less than $60. Finding those pieces usually require more digging, but when you find them, oh...it's SO fun!

Do YOU shop vintage?

P.S. My tips for buying vintage online.

{Photos by Lily Glass}

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