A couple of weeks ago I was contacted by the lovely Emma who works for ASOS market place, and after a brief conversation she has wrote up this great piece which gives any vintage buyer some really helpful advice. I tend to mix vintage with high street and often find it hard trawling through charity shops. I never know the good places to go in my area to find a vintage bargain and tend to give up too easily. So if you're anything like me, you may find what she has to say quite helpful! :)
"Vintage clothing is worth seeking out for so many reasons: It’s often better made than modern clothing; it’s almost always less expensive; and the variety of styles available is inspiring. Whether you’re new to the world of vintage or you’re an old hand at poking through second-hand stores, read on for some valuable advice on creating a fantastic vintage wardrobe.
When shopping for vintage clothing, bring cash and a tape measure. Some vintage stores, especially charity shops, don’t have dressing rooms. Modern and vintage sizes can be quite different so be prepared to measure clothing to find out if it will fit. Before purchasing anything, check it over for holes, rips and tears. Vintage fabrics is often delicate—pay attention to the material an item is made of before deciding to take it home.
Where to look
Vintage clothes can be found everywhere from dusty basement charity shops stocking polyester dresses from the 1970s to pricey boutiques that deal in flawless cocktail attire. Auctions and estate sales also often have vintage clothing and can be an excellent value for those buying in bulk. The vintage clothing community in most cities is tight knit, so don’t be afraid to ask around for advice about where to find particulars items, such as dresses from the 1960s. Familiarize yourself with the range of stores selling vintage in your area and be prepared to spend some time browsing to get a feel for their price ranges and personalities.
The Internet has many online forums for vintage clothes and vintage shopping, so if you have questions this is a great place to get advice. Online vintage shops like Etsy often have fantastic stock. Vintage dresses are especially popular in online shops, and many dealers specialize in a particular era or style."
Hope that gives some of you some tips. I shall definitely be raiding my local vintage shop on a Monday from now on in case they've updated their stock on a Sunday when they're shut, and a tape measure is a must! I always get put off buying vintage dresses in particular because I never know if they're going to fit.
So thank you Emma!
And if you haven't checked out ASOS market place before I would definitely recommend it :) x