Ten things to know before you go Vintage Shopping

1.Stay away from anything stained or with a strong odor it is 99% permanent and not worth the money of taking to the cleaners.
2. Be creative, some dresses maybe better as shirts, some caftans may need a belt to give shape, have fun with the piece.
3.Head to toe vintage is called period dressing or costume. Modernize your outfit as to not resemble a Halloween costume.
4.Sizing is not predictable. If you are super hung up on only ever buying a 6 then please don’t bother the lady at the vintage store. Sizing from ten years ago is way off by today’s standards so just imagine anything form the 50’s and 60’s where a 12 is closer to today’s standards of an 8. Try it on and if it fits it is one step closer to being yours but if you see a 12 or 14 and think horrible thoughts keep in mind it is vintage sizing.
5.Stick with an era you like. The late 60’s early 70’s are my favorites when I am looking for vintage. Not all time periods are for everyone, some decades are more classic than others. If you want to look more modern and less vintage do some research on what time periods are more your style.
6.Check zippers, buttons seams etc. before purchasing.
7.That piece is one of a kind. Don’t ask your salesperson if that have another 99.9% of the time they don’t. They may have something similar but I can assure you they don’t have the same thing.
8.High end labels are great but they are not the be all to vintage shopping. As I say day to day regarding contemporary clothing- the label is not the be all and end all.
9.Carry cash you have more flexibility for bargaining and budgeting.
10.Treat vintage shopping as if you are just adding a few pieces to your wardrobe never as a wardrobe maker or breaker.

This is me last summer outside of a fashion show. The belt I bought at a thrift store for $3 bucks, the dress at Hooti Couture . I modernized it with my bag (Gucci S/S 08) and shoes from Daffy's Summer of '07.