Have you ever wanted to go shopping for vintage clothing or vintage furniture but don’t know where to begin? We’ll have you shopping like a pro in no time with our vintage shopping tips. Here are some tips on how to find deals, find clothing that fits and when it’s the best time to buy.
New merchandise arrives daily in vintage and antique stores. Go often to spot the new arrivals before anyone else does. Multi-dealer antique malls have savvy dealers who are constantly bringing in new merchandise. The Olde Towne Pomona Antique Mall in Pomona, Calif. has about 70 dealers. That is a lot of dealers and a lot of items arriving on a daily basis.
What the Heck is that?
Antique stores especially, have many unusual items that are difficult for the average person to identify. Don’t’ be shy; just ask the dealers “What the heck is this thing and what does it do?” Dealers and shopkeepers are usually excited to talk about their items and explain the history or use of unusual finds.
Get a Bargain
Sign up for email lists. Some antique malls and stores send out newsletters to announce sales or specials. Visit stores on the first day of sales to get the best items. Go to warehouse1333.com to join their mailing list.
Antique stores have one of-a-kind items that you can’t find anywhere else. If you find something that you love but are not completely sure if you want to buy it; you should because it may not be there when you get back. You may not get another opportunity to find that item again or find it at that price.
Vintage clothing sizes are not the same as today’s standard sizes. Make sure to measure or try on the clothing. If you find a great piece that is too large, go ahead and buy it. Vintage clothing can usually be taken in depending on the seam allowance. Find quality vintage styles at Villains Vintage Clothing in Orange, Calif.