In the past I've had a handful of people ask me where I get my home decor, and vintage clothing. I totally used to be the annoying person that refused to let anyone know where I got everything because I was under the impression that by sharing people would ruin what I had and loved. This COMPLETELY wrong and thank goodness I'm moved on from this attitude.
Now, I have what one would call "cool parents" to put this into prospective, in their spare time they travel to shows like The Pixies, Cold War Kids, and The Cure. Lucky for me this meant getting to come along to things they did, including times when my mom went shopping at a Vintage Flea Markets. After years of going to these markets I've come up with a few quick tips for new vintage shoppers.
1. Ignore the story, Unless that's your thing - Every vintage seller tries to get you with the story behind the object and 99.99% of the time this story is unproven and completely false. No, those are not John Wayne's real shoes. Focus on the object and leave the story behind.
2. Everything is Negotiable to a Point - Sellers are betting on you not knowing this. What does it hurt to try to get the price lower? These sellers most likely are basing the price off of what they think you know. For example, I had a $5 in my pocket and saw these amazing scissors, the seller told me they were $10 , I responded with saying that I only had $5... they took $5.
3. Have a Game Plan - This feels counter-intuitive, but trust me if you walk in wanting a black cardigan, you’ll walk in to find a sea of pink ones. You never know what a particular seller might have, so keep an open mind and let the items speak for themselves.
4. Take a Closer Look - Once you’ve found an item you like inspect every inch of it. Some wear and tear is easily fixable others require a hefty investment of time and money. Be honest with yourself how much work you’re willing to put into this piece. The worst is going home to only later find out that your lovely vase you bought is cracked and leaks water.
5. Does This Go With What I Have - This is the final and most important test. Before I buy a piece I ask myself does this make sense in my house or with my closet? Can I picture at least 3 different ways to style this with items I already own? This keeps your look cohesive and lets you seamlessly add a piece to your wardrobe or space with minimal fuss. If I can’t think of how I would style it back it goes.