I’m an old soul with a love for vintage. It started with a love for vintage like Value Village and now it has turned into vintage like luxury pieces. As a child, I admired luxury, decadent over the top fashion but I thought it came with a hefty price. I was wrong. After researching and looking at the style of fashion mavens like Rachel Zoe, shopping designer vintage was the secret. Now, I shop designer vintage bags, accessories and sometimes clothing.
People promo shopping luxury vintage or pre-owned as a bad thing but it doesn’t have to be bad as all. Vintage can hype up your look and add depth to your fashion personality. I was skeptical about shopping vintage but there is something about buying vintage pieces. The authentic feeling of buying the true history of the brands lasts! The flaws, scratches that you may find on vintage pieces, are what make the pieces unique and desirable to me.
Usually vintage collections have more variety in colours, texture and impeccable craftsmanship. And you usually cannot beat the prices. Vintage pieces are usually less and the quality is profound. Newer pieces can lack quality, need repair and I have read about bags having to be sent back to the designer because of damages or gold coming off of the straps. Eeek! Imagine paying full price for a bag with defects instead of purchasing a vintage bag at half the price and with defects that show its character.
Fashion is not only about the hot new pieces. Wearing older pieces shows your maturity. It also shows that you understand the importance of having a fashion foundation which your style is built upon. Shopping vintage ( or pre-owned) can go a few different ways. It can go the Value village way or the luxury way to name a few. This post is dedicated to the luxury way.
Ok ok. Let start with the difference between vintage and pre-owned luxury:
Vintage Luxury pieces: A piece form an older era. For example, a vintage chanel from the 80s or a Halston dress from the 70s.
Pre-owned Luxury pieces: May come from someone’s closet. It may or may not have been worn before. The owner may have worn the piece once of twice before or may not like the piece anymore or they maybe going through a closet detox. It may show some wear or tear but it depends on the piece.
TIP: Please note that a pre-owned luxury piece can be vintage and the vintage piece can be pre-owned. They can go hand in hand.
Do your Research. Make sure you research any piece that you want to buy via a vintage or pre-owned seller. Compare the piece you want with other pieces that are similar online.
Ask questions. When was this piece purchased? Is it from a smoke-free home? Where was it purchased? Ask for various types of pictures at different angles. Pictures can help you make decisions on your purchase.
Find trusted sellers and shop with them only. You need a build trust with your seller. Be it on eBay or on Instagram, make sure you trust them. Start by reading reviews, looking at feedback and google them! Check in once in a while to see if they have anything new so you can get first dibs.
Maintain your pieces. This means leather care, keeping them in box or dust bags and. You can even take them to the actual designer store and ask if they have a “ spa” service for your piece.
So there you go. My explanation tips and tricks for being vintage and pre-owned pieces.
Would you shop vintage/pre-owned pieces?
Do you have tips of your own?