I view my wardrobe as an extension of my artistic ability, so finding unique pieces that fit my vintage style is a fun challenge. What is not so fun are the price tags! I’m an avid bargain hunter, and I will search high and low for the best deal on what I’m looking for. If you are looking for the best deals on vintage style clothing yourself, here are my recommend places for the best deals.
Comsignment Shops/ Peddler’s Malls:
Consignment shops and peddler’s malls are the obvious first choice for their mostly super low prices. There are a variety of levels for consignment shops, and the more brand focused they are, the higher the price goes. I stick to the lower levels, like goodwill and non-chain local shops. This can also be true for Peddler’s malls, so I stick to the less “cultivated” ones. However, if you have a specific item in mind, it’s going to be a challenge. I usually shop these stores when I’m just perusing and looking for an unexpected surprise piece.
The Wish app has been my newest addiction for SUPER cheap accessories. I stick to the deals for $2 or lower, and shipping is usually just as low. I’ve mostly gotten jewelry asnd hair accessories, but I’ve been tempted by a few clothing items. Keep in mind the price reflects the quality, so these are fun but cheap pieces.
I both sell and buy frequently on eBay. There are thousands of deals on both authentic and reproduction vintage, you just need to be savvy to ‘keyword’ searching. When I’m looking for vintage style clothing, my top searches are “pinup,” “vintage style,” “retro,” “retro style,” “fit and flare,” and “50s style.” I also search specific vintage style brand names, where there are the sometimes cheaper deals on new or gently used pieces, as opposed to shopping on their websites (Pinup Girl Clothing, Modcloth, Chi Chi London, etc). I search similar keywords for Dresslily.com, a discount clothing site, but you will not find name brand vintage style clothing here. Be very diligent with sizing charts that are provided or ask sellers for measurements, since many cheaper pieces come from Asia and their sizing is drastically different.
Eshakti offers great quality clothing with the option of customization, so it usually means the prices are higher. However, they offer so many sales and coupons to repeat customers, I’m always getting my clothing for a great deal. This is the site I recommend to spend a little more to get well loved, quality pieces for your closet.
Lindy Bop is great for unique prints and GREAT prices for quality clothing. Not only do their prices start out great, they have lots of sales! I check the site frequently for their sales and hit them up quick since their sales are so good that my size can go fast.
Happy bargain shopping!