Why Buying in a Vintage Shop Improves Your Lifestyle
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Impulse buying over the last thirty years has led to a huge demand for all types of consumer products- and corporate business has answered the demand by pushing more product into the shops, and creating new ideas that could be attractive to the modern impulse consumer.
Our buying habits have got out of hand, with an increase in personal spending, and consumers who believe happiness is always to be found down at the local mall.
Vintage goods come to the rescue, hopefully, in the nick of time. As more and more discerning people spend their hard earned cash on vintage and second hand goods, the less corporate waste there is, and the more awareness there is about quality above cheap and quick fix products.
The great thing about Vintage clothes and furniture is that it is not like buying knick-knacks that other people have cast off. Vintage goods are often high quality, label clothing that an impulse buyer owned for a short while, kept unused in a wardrobe for a few years and finally sent to the nearest vintage or secondhand shop for reuse.
The same goes for furniture, kitchen utensils and various household objects that still have years of good use in them.
Chairs , tables, and pieces of furniture crafted years ago by carpenters and craftspeople can still be found all over your city.
When you begin to search for vintage and secondhand items, you begin with a new adventure in your own life.
A smattering of knowledge gleaned from the stacks of information available on the internet, also second hand books that line the shelves of book stores offer hardback text books, a great place to find a useful source of information about what to look for. How to understand if something is secondhand, or if it really is vintage, is fun and enjoyable reading.
Vintage buying has been on the rise and trending over the last 10 years. It certainly is not the type of trend that will fizzle out at the end of summer.
Vintage offers buyers enormous choice in styling themselves, experimenting with clothes from the 1990s and 1980s. Two decades that gave us an explosion in style and fashion, think about the gems that could be hanging on a rack in your local vintage shop.
The 1960s has brought back a favorite piece for this autumn, the tie-dye shirt, now found in fashion departments all over the States and Europe — a vintage store might have something similar hanging in a back room someplace. A gem, if you find one.
Wide belts, power belts, the type of statement that made the 80s look so new and bold, are another 2019 fall fashion that you will see popping up around the shops. The idea here is that what has passed is now back in. Why?
Belts have always been a staple seller on market stalls, and in second hand shops. People gotta keep their breeches up somehow, and finding an 80s style belt shouldn’t be the hardest task of the week.
Style has a longer life, and a deeper value to dapper dressers than a passing fad in fashion ever could.
Style is thinking about your silhouette, how a piece of clothing fits your body, how it hangs with the lines of your body.
The styles of 1920s which can still be found as retro garments, sometimes returned to the fashion scene back in the 1950s and the 1970s. High-Waister trousers, wide bottomed, turned up, wool knit fabrics that last decades and help to cut a great figure on the dance floor are still to be found in retro and vintage stores around the world.
High fashion will go against the grain and look for something garish, boldly making a statement that may not suit everybody. High street fashion will often appear crazy-stupid, then after a while that crazy look will become a normal thing to see, then it becomes boring, then it will return to a crazy-stupid idea that nobody wants to wear or buy. It stays in the wardrobe until it is trashed. More rubbish for the ocean.
I admit, not all fashion is ultra-fashion. The Fashion that walked the streets of England in the sixties, known as the Modernistas, or The Mods for short, is so strong and stylish that it has made a couple of comebacks over the years. Smartly cut shirts, pin down collars with a button-up at the top, braces and very shiny shoes that tee-off a razor sharp crease along sta-press trousers, is always great to look at, and feels fantastic to wear.
The style of the sixties was so colorful, and varied that it left designers with a broad palette of ideas too good to forget. Styles can morph and mix, and so long as they follow the idea of permanent fashion lines, they will always come back for another life as vintage clothes.
The Fashion Industry and its Problem
The fashion industry contributes to a large portion of the waste that is causing concern on the planet. A pair of newly made jeans uses 1800 gallons of water to produce — that’s one pair of jeans. One shirt needs 400 gallons of water to prepare the cotton for use. That’s madness in my books.
Becoming a thrifty Vintage or secondhand buyer starts by saying no to impulse buys at the store. A little tweak in our thinking can lead to a fun afternoon searching second hand and vintage shops, market places and special events to find something that we will buy, keep and use till its last day.
Knowledge that you are reusing quality vintage clothes, and furniture, that you are contributing to a positive effect on our planet gives you higher motivation to learn a thing or two about this simple change of mind and habit.
Sometimes the price of a vintage item may seem expensive in comparison with clothing and furniture from the mall. The mall purchase will be replaced within a short period of time, or thrown into the bin after it breaks because of low quality production. Vintage buying is a thrifty way to spend — you buy once, and use for a long, long time. It’s cheaper to buy quality than spend dribbles of money on cheaply made items.
Some writers say that if you are looking for a really classy vintage piece of clothing or furniture, go to a classy neighborhood and search out the stores there. My experience tells me that with clothing, the neighborhood doesn’t really matter — unless it’s a specialist store which directs its advertising at vintage collectors living in affluent areas.
Furniture can be found all over town, but really classy carver chairs, or an oak dining table with pull out flaps, lathe turned legs and a maker’s insignia under the table top, will be easier found in a neighborhood that is upmarket.
Thoughtful Purchases and Thrifty thinking
Trends in buying vintage are promising, with age ranges between 25 years to 64 years old being the regular buyers and sifters in vintage and secondhand shops.
These figures show that it’s not a new thing based on group mentality, but rather common sense across the board. People in general are more aware of the real problems of waste and pollution on the planet. Buying second hand and vintage is a positive move towards solving the problem of mass production waste and the gas and diesel heavy, long haul transportation that happens hauling goods around the Globe.
Who buys Vintage?
Women tend to be the big buyers, no holds barred with what they purchase. Men are more into things that they don’t need to fit, or try on in a changing room. Somehow, I think that more men are feeling happy about shopping these days, and the male of the past, with an aversion to shopping days is dwindling in society.
Vintage trends are broad with types of product. Anything that was designed to last will work as a possible vintage product. Because of this, shops and stores are opening up, small businesses have developed chains of shops around the country selling vintage products.
The whole idea presents such a problem for fashion houses that designers and fashion influencers are starting their own “Vintage Fashion Lines”, which could be an oxymoron. Fashion houses survive by offering “new”, again and again. They must reinvent constantly to stay afloat. Jumping on the bandwagon with fake-vintage, isn’t an ongoing answer for a fashion house to get into the vintage market.
Vintage itself, second hand sales markets are enormous and have so far proved themselves sustainable for business. It’s not all clothing and furniture. There’s room for any type of product that was originally built with quality, craftsmanship, and care to establish a business in sales.
As long as fashion houses follow their own rules, and remake, recreate, and invent new each few months they will end up losing out in the game of vintage. Small businesses, shops and family concerns are the best bet for a personal service selling quality goods from yesteryear.