I love vintage shopping - I love the idea that nobody will have the exact same item as me, and because of the random nature of vintage stores, every purchase feels like a precious find - much more exciting that walking into Topshop and picking up the item displayed on the mannequin (although that is fun too) But vintage shopping can seem a little daunting at first, so here is my five step guide to make it a little bit easier.
1. Always try it on
In a vintage store, you're likely to come across cuts and styles that you haven't seen before. Also, as everything is one of a kind, you can't rely on the fact that "I'm always a size 10". Therefore, if anything takes your eye about an item: the colour, print or material, make sure that you try it on.
2. If you like it, buy it
Unlike high street shopping, that dress in a vintage store might not be there next week. You certainly can't go home, think about it, and order it later online. If you like it, buy it there and then, or you might regret it.
3. Check the quality
Most vintage shops do check their items are of a high quality. But you should still always check that there are no missing buttons, dirty hems or broken zips. If you take the item home and then discover the fault, you might struggle to get a return.
4. Be open-minded
As I said before, you might come across styles that you haven't seen previously when vintage shopping. Therefore, if you love the print of a skirt, but it's too long, or you like the style of a dress but it's too big, don't be scared of taking the item to a tailors and being made to fit you.
5. Take your time
Vintage shopping isn't as easy as shopping on the high street - it's important to search every rail in order to find that precious vintage gem. You might leave one store with armfuls of clothes, and leave another one with nothing at all, that's just the way it is.
Have you had any vintage finds recently?