Here are some of the reasons to shop vintage:
A One of a Kind PiecesIt’s is a fact of life that history repeats itself; fashion and clothing trends are no exception. Since fashion is cyclical, there is always some style from the past that has been made new again, and there is a good chance you can find the original version of that style in a vintage item from that era. However, when you purchase a vintage piece, you are getting something that cannot be found at every chain store by the thousands. It is a limited, if not one of a kind, item just for you.
Be Above the TrendsJust as you can find vintage pieces to compliment the current fashion trends, you can also use vintage to go against them. With vintage you find classics that have never gone out of style, or you can find off the wall pieces to set yourself apart from the mainstream.
Frugal FashionsLet’s be realistic, vintage clothes are usually not new. Unless they are one of those rare gems from dead stock, you are buying hand me downs. The flip side of that is that you are not paying the price of a newly manufactured garment. So buying vintage clothing is a great way to save money.
Quality is KeySo yes, the clothes are used, but the important thing is that they don’t look worn out or old. The main reason for this is that better materials and techniques were used in the past than are used today. There is a lot more emphasis on clothing being well made because clothes had to last longer since people did not buy new clothing as often as we do today. There is a lot more done by hand in the manufacturing of vintage clothing, where as the same procedures like adding buttons and detailing are done by machines today.
Recycling Looks GoodVintage clothes have already been used once, and by wearing them again, you are recycling them. On a larger scale, you are not using your money to pay for the natural resources used in the production of a new item (fuel for shipping, energy to produce, etc.), you are not contributing to pollution (emissions from factories, dumping of dyes and chemicals, etc.), and you are saving those items from going into a landfill.
Double DutyThrift stores are almost always run by a charity. So whether it’s at the Salvation Army, or a local church or school, you’re shopping is actually a donation to a good cause.
Vintage is basically the best deal going. Where else can you find superiorly made, one of a kind, fashionable clothes and at the same time save money, help the planet, and donate to charity all in one purchase? Knowing all of that, how is it possible to not want to go to your local vintage retailer right away?