My house and my closets are full of treasures I've discovered while scouring vintage shops. The magic ingredient in my favorite clothes, jewelry, and furniture is history. When I buy a vintage piece, I always dream about its story—it's like a little mystery hanging in my closet or tucked into a corner of a room. Another plus of vintage shopping, of course, is that it's so eco-friendly. Instead of supporting the manufacturing of new goods (which has a huge carbon footprint), I love reusing stuff that already exists. Get the vintage vibe! Here are some of my beloved vintage things, and some tips for maximizing your next vintage adventure.
Trust your instincts. Even if a shop or a yard sale is low on curb appeal, if you have a feeling that there might be gems awaiting you inside, go for it! Let your shopping instincts be your guide.
Shop the snazzy side of town: Affluent neighborhoods are full of world travelers who buy exotic local goods as they go. Make the most of their good taste by making it your own.
Go over to the dark side: Is there a corner of the store where no one else is shopping? Go take a look! You might find something others have overlooked tucked away in some dark corner.
Be open: Are you sure that prairie dress isn't for you? What if you got the hem mended and the neckline loosened? What if you added a belt and a funky necklace? It could be your new favorite outfit. Be open to altering unique pieces and think about what you can pair them with to bring them up to date.
If you're willing to share your trade secrets, send us your vintage-hunting stories, and don't skimp on the pics!
With love and leftovers,