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Old School: Your Guide to How to Find Great Vintage Clothes

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Vintage fashion can sometimes be a little hard to pull off without looking slightly fancy.

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But pick the right clothes, and it’ll blow all your friends away.

Having loads of clothes to choose from lets you mix and match an ideal look that’s subtle and show-stopping at the same time.

Here’s how to find vintage clothes to create your next great outfit.

That One’s Vintage. That One’s Second-hand.

There’s a big difference between the two. Vintage clothes are sometimes cheap, but you should be willing to spend more on high-quality clothes.

In the same way that second-hand furniture doesn’t instantly become antique furniture, second-hand clothes don’t automatically become vintage clothes when they’re worn again!

But while the obvious place to look for vintage clothes is in specialist vintage shops, there are other options you shouldn’t forget to try – particularly if you’re a bargain hunter.

Why Pawn Shops Are Where to Go for Vintage Clothes

Pawn shops are used every day by people selling all sorts of things, from jewelry to musical instruments – to beautiful 1960s garments and accessories.

That makes them an ideal spot to go searching for your next load of vintage clothes. Here’s all you need to know.

What Will I Find? And How Much?

You’ll be really surprised at what you can find, especially for the price you’ll pay. It’s often far less than via a private seller, as they may have an emotional attachment to a particular garment they’re selling.

In their eyes, that might raise the value and therefore the price, even though it doesn’t mean as much to anyone else.

So pawn shops can be much better value. And they’re fun to shop in, as the stock is always changing, thanks to their business model.

Whatever you pick up, make sure you can match the eras and styles in your outfits. It can look like a bit of a jumble otherwise, and fall into the ‘costume’ look that we warned you about to begin with.

Hidden Gems

Lots of people dump big bags of clothes at these shops without really looking at what they’re giving away.

That’s great news for you.

In amongst the odds and ends could be just what you need to complete your ensemble for the weekend! Remember to track what’s on trend online and keep an eye out for similar items when you visit the shop.

When you strike it lucky, the results can be really exciting and inspiring.

Vintage Clothes: Buying and Selling

We’ve explored why pawn shops are the best place to find amazing vintage clothing in this post.

Keep an eye out the next time you walk down your high street. Pawn shops tend to put the best items in the window display, which changes quickly. You need to act fast before someone else snaps them up!

But if, on the other hand, you’ve got vintage clothes to sell or pawn, sign up on PawnGuru today and list, list, list!

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Old School: Your Guide to How to Find Great Vintage Clothes
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They don't make them like they used to. Vintage clothes still pack a punch and give you a look that is unique and individual.
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David Stiebel

David Stiebel is one of the cofounders of PawnGuru. David was educated at MIT, where he studied Math. He subsequently worked at Bain as a data scientist before starting PawnGuru in 2015. He started PawnGuru to build a better tool for pawn shops and consumers to connect.

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