Here’s the thing: in theory, we love vintage and second-hand shopping! Some of the most amazing fashion moments in history have been the result of dedicated vintage hunters (hello, Julia Roberts Oscar dress!) Truly, is there a better feeling than scouring the racks and stumbling upon a gorgeous bargain?
But vintage and second-hand shopping can be daunting; it certainly takes patience! We’ve always thought that becoming a seasoned vintage shopper doesn’t happen when you’ve only got 15 minutes on your lunch break and want to do a glance through the racks, sans commitment. But as it turns out, dipping your toes into the pool of secondhand shopping is a great way to get started! Here’s the truth: you do NOT have to find 20 perfect flapper dresses and Chanel scarves in one sitting.
So why not give the vintage stores a go while you’ve still got a few summer months ahead of you? We know better than anyone that having a full-time job means not getting summer vacation anymore (oh, to be a student again…) but that doesn’t mean the sunny weekends can’t be used for brunch and shopping, as they should be! Here’s the best part: finding and purchasing vintage or second-hand clothing isn’t just great for your wardrobe; it’s great for the environment, too. Recycling some of the amazing pieces of the fashion world reduces waste and labor, and is a great way for you to incorporate a little more eco-chic-ness into your life.
Thus, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best vintage and second-hand shops to check out. You just might find the perfect vintage leather satchel before school starts, or a divine second-hand pencil skirt for the office this fall! We know, some of the stores can smell questionable, but as long as you check out these guidelines for taking care of your new/old finds, you’ll be good to go and getting compliments on your unique pieces before you know it.