Secondhand Shopping Can Be Chic!

by Patti | May 21st, 2009 | Fashion

picI am a fashionista who has to watch her money closely. I really don’t like the term recessionista, as I think it sounds kind of harsh and negative, so I prefer to call myself a budget savvy fashionista. I like to say that I am a woman with a designer label mentality living on a thrift store budget!

In these difficult financial times often our clothing budget is one of the first things we must reduce in order to have more money for necessities, savings, etc. If you are like me, then shopping for clothes is not just about what you end up buying, but it is also about the enjoyment of looking. I am tickled pink at the thought of going to this shop and that shop searching for new additions to my wardrobe.

I have learned where to find true treasures in my city, and I now spend plenty of free time shopping at secondhand clothing stores. Yes, secondhand clothing! For me if I wish to have new things to wear, secondhand is easiest on my budget.

Secondhand is no longer what it used to be. You can find many designer labels and clothing that has never been worn (or only worn once or twice). Plus, you can find secondhand clothing for the whole family.

Many people refer to secondhand clothing as vintage. While some secondhand apparel may indeed be vintage, this is not the case with all older and used pieces.

The true meaning of vintage clothing is clothing that comes from bygone eras. Vintage can range from the Victorian days in the 1800s to the disco era in the 1970s. It is not uncommon to see celebrities at galas wearing vintage clothing because it is so chic! According to Christa Weil, author of “Secondhand Chic”, vintage clothing is often sought after because it is distinctive and not at all run of the mill.

Then there is retro clothing. Retro overlaps somewhat with vintage clothing in that it is clothing from the 1950s through the 1980s. (Some people already classify clothing from the 1990s as retro.)

Clothing that is vintage or retro (or a bit of both) is generally attire that was popular in its day. If it was a style that did not last long, then most likely it does not qualify as classic vintage and will not be so easy to find.

  1. Theresa says:

    When I was in HS my hobby was going thrift store shopping at the weekends. Always to the shops that were next to the posh part of town to find the name brands that the rich people gave away. I still believe in a good bargain, especially now in these times!

  2. alicia says:

    I am glad that I am not the only one. I don’t like the term recessionista either..now finding deals I like.

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