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Stupendous places to find Vintage clothes

Updated on September 28, 2008
Honestly, can vintage fashion ever go out of style?
Honestly, can vintage fashion ever go out of style?

Era styles come around.

Yes, indeed, they do. Stuff that was popular in the 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's, and even 90's is all coming back. Kind of reminds me of that Boomerang channel commercial... Anyway, fashion tends to move in giant circles. Stuff falls out of style, then will come back in a decade or two, then will fall again, and come back, and fall, and come back... It's the fashion way of life.

If you're trying to stay within the fashion circle's trend, but want to keep a little cha-ching in your wallet, vintage is the best way to go. Not vintage-like or vintage-esque or vintage-looking, true, unadulterated vintage.

But where can I get vintage clothes, Kika? Simple, my dear reader! Here, follow me, and I'll show you myself...

To the Thrift Store!

Thrift stores are chalk FULL of vintage clothes! These garments have been worn and reworn and washed and washed beyond belief. No icky-nast mystery fabric in these babies (how else do you think they've lasted this long?), no sirree Bob! You can find almost any style from any era in a thrift store, and dang near every town worth calling a town has one. It might not always be called a Thrift Store, but the point of the matter is, that's what it is and that's where you should look.

When you go inside a thrift store, you have to keep your eyes peeled for the genuine vintage you're looking for. Unless you don't mind cheap knock-offs/recent replicas, then by all means, just shop. Thrift stores are great because they're usually cheaper than a department/retail store and they have a variety of clothes to choose from.

Goodwill, here we come!

Goodwill stores are basically like thrift stores, only bigger and generally a helluva lot cheaper. If you're looking for good vintage stuff, though, I don't suggest them. Because their clothes are so cheap, they're usually gone really fast either by other vintage shoppers or through needy families. And since Goodwill is (supposed to be) for needy families, you should probably let them have their clothes and other items they need to get by. It's not like you're that short for cash if you're vintage shopping for the sake of getting vintage clothes.

If you're still willing to look in a Goodwill, they sometimes have sections marked off just for vintage clothing. Then again, most stores will. It makes the shopping experience easier.

Did someone say GARAGE SALES?!

... Well, technically no, no one said it, but that's not the point. Garage sales are great places to look for vintage clothes, since most people hold on to their crap forever and ever, so it'll most likely be real vintage stuff you're getting. They're not as cheap as some other clothing-acquiring places, but they'll work just as well.

Some towns and cities have city-wide garage sale events once a year. This is a great time to go vintage shopping because everyone's going to have something to offer. It's like going to a small shoe boutique when you can go to a shoe surplus place. You won't have to pay nearly as much and you'll get more variety.

Just promise me you'll wash those clothes before you put them on... You don't know where they've been...

Wait a minute, what?

Your own family's closets are great places to look for vintage clothes.

It's true!

Talk to your folks, your aunts and uncles, and even your grandparents. They all owned clothes back in the day (or at least, I hope they did, for your sanity's sake), and I'm sure they held on to a few things through the years. I know I probably will; my closet's so full of crap it's not even funny, but alas, it is the price I pay for being a pack-rat. :-P

You could also try talking to your neighbors, or close family friends, if your own family couldn't come up with anything decent to take. Most people don't mind giving up clothes, especially if they've held on to them for a long time without any particular reason. I had a neighbor who still had a trunk full of old hippy clothes from the 1960's she let me have...

Coolest trunk of junk ever, I tell you what.

So why not ask around for old, unwanted rags? You just might find a few jewels among the coals.

Alright, this piece has gone out of style again. What do I do with it now?

Why not donate it?

You can always donate clothes to Goodwill or any thrift store; they'll gladly take your old rags and resell them to someone who needs some cloth on their back. It's a great way to help the community, and it kind of gives you this warm, fuzzy feeling in the pit of your tummy.

If you don't want to donate them, you can try selling them. There are a number of second-hand (basically thrift stores, just a bit better) stores that are willing to buy your **gently used** clothing. If the clothing's not so "gently used" anymore, I suggest garage-saling or just dumping them off in the dumpster, depending on how far away they are from "gently used."

Personally, I donate all my used clothes to the Shalom Shop, a very family-friendly little place in downtown Cambridge, MN that'll take almost anything you want to give them, besides TVs, computer stuffs, and stereos. I've been doing it for years. Though, I must admit, it's kind of creepy to see kids wandering around with my old rags on...

There you have it!

Got a few other ideas on where to get true vintage clothing? How about a fun place to find the perfect vintage article you're looking for? Why not share it with the world! You're free to leave any comments you like. I wish you the best in your vintage-seeking expeditions!


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      10 years ago from Houston, Texas

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    • Kika Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Kika Rose 

      10 years ago from Minnesota

      I do too! Vintage jewelry is so pretty! And you're right; it is eco-friendly. :) I didn't even think of that. Thank you for the comment! ^_^

    • Silver_Lotus profile image


      10 years ago from U.S.A.

      One of the many reasons vintage is great is that using pre-owned clothing (or other items) is eco-friendly. I love vintage jewelry as well!

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      10 years ago from DC Area

      k, I am outta here, too - good night or day everybody :)

    • Kika Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Kika Rose 

      10 years ago from Minnesota

      lol! I just wrote this, so I have no idea how it's going to go yet. But anywhoozle, I'm off to bed. Night Christoph!

    • Christoph Reilly profile image

      Christoph Reilly 

      10 years ago from St. Louis

      Hi Kika. Great hub! Back when I was a young buck, I frequented the thrift stores for funky, retro clothes. I also have accumulated an excellent decanter collection, and used to get antique perfume bottles for a particular girl and then beaded purses for a different girl (I told you I was a young buck!). I still stop into my local goodwill to buy books, books, books, which I read and then give them back by the boxload. It's a great thing. Its become my library, only I pay a small rental fee which goes to a great cause.

      I can't wait to read all your stuff. I have more general positive comments for you, but I'll save them and spread 'em out amongst all your hubs, but just so you know I'm not kidding, one of my comments has to do with you pulling my leg.


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