With so many fabulous clothes available in regular retail shops, why should you bother with shopping secondhand and vintage*? That’s what I’ll try to answer in this post.
Now, I’m a vintagelover myself, so I’m not entirely unbiased, but I still think there are some excellent points to be made in favor of V-shopping.
I love shopping at cheap fastfashion stores like H&M and Primark. So do thousands of other people around me. Shopping at popular retail stores means chances of someone else wearing the exact same thing are pretty high. That’s totally fine by me, but there is a certain charm to being able to walk around in a piece that is more unique and that leaves people wondering where you got it (not to mention the satisfaction you get when you can answer them that it’s not for sale anywhere, gnagna).
Vintage is eco-friendly and sustainable
We’re living in a world where we are constantly being encouraged to buy new things in search for happiness, and then dispose of them the second we’re bored. Vintage clothes have already been used before, and by wearing them again you’re basically recycling. On a larger scale, you are not using your money to pay for the natural resources used in the production of a new item, you are not contributing to pollution and you are saving those items from turning into garbage. And you get to look great in the process :).
Vintage has great value for money
There are vintage shops that sell vintage Dior dresses and handmade silk gowns and things like that, and those are obviously not cheap, but for the most part shopping vintage is actually great value for your money. You can find a lot of affordable vintage stores that sell great quality clothing. Back in the day, a lot of clothing was made to go a lifetime, and it’s exactly that quality that you can benefit from when shopping vintage. I always imagine myself passing on certain pieces to my (future, currently non-existent) daughter one day (oh come on, like you’ve never had imaginary kids!)
Vintage is trend-flexible
History repeats itself, and in fashion you can take this quite literally. Fashion is cyclical by nature, so don’t be surprised if you find items in vintage shops that are hot and happening at the moment. You can also look for quirkier items to create your own signature look and set yourself apart from the crowd, or hunt down the classics that simply never go out of style.
So my – ofcourse totally unbiased (cough cough) opinion: vintage is basically the best thing ever. Where else can you find unique, good quality pieces, look great, set yourself apart, pay a reasonable price and support the environment in one go?
*I’m focussing on vintage for now, but I’m also a supporter of thriftshopping, where the clothes are not necessarily old but often just “plain” secondhand. The same principles apply though, and I can always recommend paying your local secondhand store a visit!