and $30 skinny jeans we bought in our 20s will be considered vintage. It’s a
scary thought considering most of it barly lasted six months in our wardrobes before it started to rip, fray and pull. At the moment we’re on the tail end of of the covetable
clothing our parents and grandparents wore, those unique durable pieces which were made thoughtfully and made to last.
in China” (especially in English) is not proper vintage, it’s probably knock off or a child of fast fashion. But either way, if you’re buying
second hand, you’re not adding to the problem we’ve created.
displace the need to make new manufactured fibres (produced with pollutive oil-based petroleum products which once in created,
can’t decompose) or producing new naturally produced fibres which hog fresh
water supply, pollute our planet, and our pores.
the day for this reason, I used to haul Vintage clothing from the various charity shops in my
home city of Winnipeg, Canada, and upcycle it or sell it as it came to me. I remember just sitting in awe some nights at the craftsmanship behind each item. When I moved back to Europe, where the supply of Vintage clothing in bigger cities is in the
hands of the incredible vintage shops and market stall sellers who were part of
the bountiful underground world of vintage wholesale and resale, I bowed out
and focused on upycling the bits that industry couldn’t use with my collection
of handmade clutches.
Vintage really is a case of ‘get it before it’s gone’ as
the clothing produced using our current practices barely lasts a year, never
mind a lifetime. I prefer buying mine offline, as nothing gets my blood pumping more than uncovering a piece of vintage magically hidden
amongst the goodies in a charity shop, but if you’re not a hunter in your gathering (or if you’ve got kids, work loads or live rurally), there are thousands of places online to purchase
unique Vintage items.
Rather than supporting a conscious-less and overpriced
Nasty Gal or Urban Outfitters, try to hit up a local Etsy Store instead. Just
type in what you’re looking for and adjust the location settings on the bottom
left to your city (or the closest big city to you), this will reduce your purchase’s impact on the planet and help support your local economy.
I have a few favourite vintage curators I like to keep
an eye on and who I often buy from when I’m near, have a gander at them or use the Etsy search bar to hunt around next time you’re in need of something ‘new’.
is from my home city of Winnipeg, Canada, she has an incredible ability to
curate a beautiful collection of goods which are completely unique and hard not
to Love. She also writes a Travel Blog which is sure to get your wanders lusting.
from Twitch Vintage was the first person ever to comment on it. She was one of
the first gals to start selling Vintage clothing online full-time and she does
a damn good job of it. You can read my interview with her (back in 2011) HERE
stall at the Blue Star Market (in)conveniently set up across from ours … so I could
see all their new finds from where I stood selling my bags. There were some days where anything I
earned from selling my bags I’d hand right over to her for some of her goods. I
bought the fabric for the Fiesta clutches from her and THIS amazing coat.
and they’re one of my favourite items I own. She’s got an incredible selection
of vintage goodies.
Where To Buy Her Find? Her ETSY SHOP