How to Shop Vintage Like a Pro

When shopping for all things vintage, I like to ask myself three questions: Will I actually wear this? Can I turn this into something else? Is it worth the price? If I answer yes to at least two of these questions, I’m sold! It can be a little difficult to find great vintage clothing with all of the fast fashion retailers that dominate our millennial culture. However, there are still many people who enjoy a great hand-me-down for a steal.

Living in New York City gives me a wonderful advantage because of its large variety of vintage stores, many of which can be found in Williamsburg in the lower parts of Manhattan, and for the more upscale piece, the upper west side. A few of my favorites are Buffalo Exchange and Crossroads Trading Co.

Another great thing about shopping vintage is that you can sell what you no longer wear and use the credit to get new pieces. Granted, you’re not going to get back what you purchased for it, but it’s better than nothing. One of my favorite finds came from Buffalo Exchange. It was a faux, off-gray sheepskin vest, and as soon as I saw it I fell in love, and for $8 I couldn’t say no. I try to make a trip every season to a few of the stores to recycle my old pieces and grab some fresh ones.

Let me impart some of my wisdom for shopping at vintage stores from one Fashionista to another. First, always bring an extra bag. You know—those cute canvas tote bags in the back of your closet. Second, look to see what the market is looking for. If you are going to sell your clothes, see what the store is buying so that you can maximize your profit. Finally, have fun! Look at new styles. You might surprise yourself and find something you love.

This Fashionista is rocking her amazing, pink hair and her outfit is 100 percent vintage. She got all her pieces from different stores around the city. I personally love the denim-on-denim look with pops of color. Pairing a great button-down shirt with a pair of jeans or cut-offs and chunky shoes can be the perfect summer outfit. The best thing about denim is that it can be dressed up or down. Leaving the shirt open gives a more casual, relaxed look. Having it buttoned and tucked can give a more put-together look.

Okay Fashionistas and Fashionistos, I have given you some tips and my favorite stores. Now it’s your turn! What are some of your favorite places to shop vintage? Comment below!