Why buy new remakes of old trends when you can just get the originals? Sometimes the best pieces in your closet are those vintage gems you find at a consignment shop. Not only is it an incredible feeling to find that one diamond in the rough amidst a pile of old clothing, but it’s a sustainable and affordable alternative to fast fashion. That’s why “out with the new and in with the old” is our vibe all Summer.
You may be a novice to vintage shopping, but not for long! We spoke with some of our favorite black consignment shop owners & vintage experts to get you all the tea on the do’s and don'ts of consignment shopping. Read on to learn their tricks of the trade and to support these black woman-owned businesses.
Shayla Janel of Random & Chic Vintage (@RandomandChic)
Tip #1: Look at the bottom of the rack first.
It’s easier to spot fun prints and patterns that way.
Tip #2: Don’t focus on sizing
Because my seamstress is always on speed dial. Getting clothes altered and tailored is a game changer.
Tip #3: Always haggle with the price.
Even you’re only getting 2% off, it’s worth negotiating to get the best price possible!
Lydia & Nicole of Bintēji (@Bintejiii)
Tip #1: Let the piece speak for themselves.
Vintage clothes tend to be old and boring at times; that’s why our goal is to revive them . Don't be scared to add any accessories to your look! It could be a belt on an oversized blazer, a brooch on a beautiful dress, or just use a charming baroque print scarf as a cute little choker. Let your look speak for you !
Tip #2: Think more outside of the box about where to vintage shop
…Like your local church, where they often hold sales with unique pieces at sometimes much cheaper prices! Also look out for estate sales. These sales will have some of the most exclusive and well taken care of, never, or barely worn garments. Your treasures will be coming straight from the source!
Ms. Kaye of Washington Ave (@washingtonave)
Tip #1: Mix vintage pieces with modern pieces.
The good thing about vintage Is that it never goes out of style, so you can easily mix a vintage piece with any current trend.
Tip #2: Embrace Hand-Me-Downs
My top places to shop for vintage include Estate Sales & family and friends’ closets for the REAL throwback goodies.
Brittney Washington of Modish Behavior (@modishbehavior)
Tip #1: Don’t be afraid to try things on.
It’s always important to envision all of the possibilities of the item you’re eyeing to see exactly how you can style it,pair it with other pieces, and how you’re gonna flex on the gram when you wear it!
Tip #2: Make sure to use the 3 P’s.
PATIENCE: Have patience when browsing through the overwhelming clutter. Good finds take time.
POP: Grab only the items that POP and stand out to you — the statement pieces that truly catch your eye — and fill up your cart.
PURPOSE: You have to find the PURPOSE in the clothing. Is this work attire or festival ready? Am I donating to the less fortunate? Can I re-purpose? Always make sure that your thrifted hand-picked selections are for reasons you feel will bring yourself or someone else joy.