Photographs taken at Lou Lou's Vintage Fair at Southampton's Guildhall.
I love nothing more than spending an afternoon hunting for treasures from the past. Ever since I was a young teenager, I've always loved the romance and mystery in buying an item that has been pre-owned, knowing not much of it's past and the hidden stories it may hold.
I've been asked by a few of my readers to share some tips on where I find my vintage clothes and so finally here it is, a concise little guide to how I shop for vintage!
1. Make a list - I often find it easier when I know what I'm looking for, otherwise I tend to get indecisive and swept up in the excitement of it all and sometimes leaving without buying anything.
2. Set yourself a budget - Some places accept debit cards, but just in case it's always handy to have cash at hand. Also setting yourself a budget stops you from impulse buying and buying things you may regret buying in the end - in most cases vintage items are non returnable!
3. Carry light - If you are taking a bag, take a backpack or something you can throw over your shoulder. For those of you who are in a relationship . . . your partner is your best friend in this case! This gives you free hands to rummage with and more energy to do so!
4. Don't be afraid to barter - I don't tend to barter for items if they are under £10, but if you don't want to pay full price for something then try to bring the price down, for example if someone's trying to sell a shirt from the 90's for £30 you know it definitely isn't worth that price. If you are buying multiple items from the same stall or shop also, try and get a bit of discount off.
5. Think outside the box - Sometimes items take a little love to reach their full potential. Some garments might need altering or that little bit of extra imagination, but in the end when it works it's totally worth the effort!
6. Take a break - You're only human, I don't need to further explain the importance of a slice of cake and a cup of cha during or at the end of long day of thrifting.
Thanks for reading, got any tips you'd like to share or any more thrifty questions you'd like answering? Comment below or tweet me at @dimplesdiaries !