I love a good thrift shop trip. Some shops makes it easy for us vintage lovers to browse by picking out the pre 80's garments and compiling them into a "vintage" section. In some ways, I love the convenience, but in another greedy way, I'd rather know that the gems aren't out on display and that I might still find a treasure with some well honed shopping skills. Over the years, I've gone from feeling very protective of the little tips and tricks that help me score the goods to wanting to talk about them, share, and see others enjoy success while thrift shopping. After all, even though it seems like vintage clothing is very popular (especially online), there are still a lot of great pieces seeing the dump because they weren't salvaged in time. The good stuff is out there!
Here's a little seasonal tip for scoring fun vintage clothing in the fall. Make an effort to visit the Halloween and costume areas of your second hand stores! That's where I discovered this blue velvet hippie dress. You may end up paying a couple dollars more since the shop will be focusing on costuming for Halloween, but a few goodies that might not have even seen the sales floor will show up. Did you know that some stores have policies about not sending out garments with damage like broken zippers or holes? Image how many fixable vintage garments hit the trash bin because of it. So get out there, and find something special!