Everything old is new, and vintage styles are no exception. Of course, vintage is kind of a relative term, but let’s just say it accounts for any era of clothing and accessory styles that occurred before your date of birth. That leaves you a whole lot of options when it comes to incorporating vintage pieces into your modern and functional wardrobe. Of course, the styles you prefer could end up costing you a lot if you’re a slave to authenticity or quality. But if you’d rather save a little dough and just get the look, here are a few ways to cut costs when purchasing vintage (or retro) clothing and accessories.
- Thrift stores. Instead of frequenting fancy vintage shops that set the bar (and the price tags) pretty high, try checking out area thrift stores to find old-school garments that meet your needs. You might have to dig through a lot of racks to unearth those diamonds in the rough, but you’re sure to save a lot of money in the process.
- Yard and estate sales. It’s truly incredible what some people have sitting around in the attic or wasting away in boxes in the garage. And their trash can be your treasure. Obviously, you’re bound to find items in better repair at estate sales, but don’t expect the $1 racks you’ll see at yard sales. In other words, your price point could determine which venue you prefer. You might also look on Craigslist or eBay if you want specific items or labels.
- Look-alikes. If you’re not entirely particular about how authentically vintage your outfits are, then there’s no reason you can’t utilize retro pieces and otherwise reasonable facsimiles that are modern and less expensive than the real deal. Of course, some retro shops charge an arm and a leg for their reproductions of classic clothing styles. But there’s no reason you can’t seek out modern pieces that have a certain vintage flair. Suppose you like the pinup look. You may be able to emulate it with a sheath dress and some t-strap heels, not to mention a fitting bouffant and a floral clip. And ’80s styles seem to be in mass production at the moment. While buying vintage is clearly ideal, there’s no reason you can’t get the look for less by keeping an eye out for modern finds that fit the bill.
- Tailoring. Unlike modern retail stores, vintage clothing shops are full of one-of-a-kind pieces. This is a great way to get unique clothing, but it means that a piece you like might not be available in your size, or it may have excessive damage. However, you might be able to save a little money by picking up pieces that are not quite as desirable and having them tailored. The end result will be vintage garments that look like they were made for you, for less.
- DIY. You might be surprised by what you can accomplish on your own when it comes to making replicas of vintage pieces that are out of your price range. Just snap a few pics of the pieces you love with your smartphone and you may be able to mimic them and produce your own vintage handbags, clothing, and jewelry. There are even websites that sell bolts of vintage or replica fabrics (check out the wares on Etsy). Your particular abilities will determine which items you splurge on and where you save by making your own. But this could be a great way to get vintage-styles items that are brand new, and at less expense.