There’s a certain thrill to vintage thrift shopping that the average retail-price shopper can’t possibly understand. It’s the rush of the hunt for labels at a fraction of the price. It's also the pride one holds post purchase, spoken after being paid a compliment on the second hand Prada loafers or 1972 Datejust watch they scored. “Thanks! Vintage.” And then they gasp in delight. It’s an experience, and a high that is chased again and again. So what exactly does it take to be a skilled thrift shopper? Read on for big rewards.
Before you head out into the world of thrift shopping you should start by researching and familiarizing yourself with different designer brands and their signature styles. Look for specific details or logos that can help you identify authentic pieces. This pro-shopper-know-how will not only simplify your shopping but you’ll be able to spot potential finds while just causally browsing upscale thrift shops. The higher end second hand stores will always have a higher selection of labels not to mention a curated inventory of hidden gems.
When you stumble upon a potential love interest (designer item), examine it closely. Check for authenticity labels, quality of stitching and overall condition. You wouldn’t want to be caught walking around with a faux. Look for any signs of wear or damage that may affect the value or wearability of the item. Don't forget to check the zippers, buttons, and hardware as well.
Above all, remain patient while being persistent. Thrifting for designer labels is not a guaranteed success every time. It can require a bit of time and ambition. But if you happen to have both of them, well… the world of second hand is yours. Enjoy the process of browsing and don't get discouraged if you don't find something immediately. The thrill of discovering a hidden treasure is part of the excitement of thrifting. And nothing comes close to finding vintage Chanel in your size either.