1. One of a kind. Every article of vintage clothing or accessory is usually unique or one of a kind. You won't walk into a vintage clothing store with multiple items of the same thing. Also, vintage clothing is usually made with care and quality fabric. Vintage shopping is like digging for fossils but be on the lookout for garments made in the US, France, England, and Italy - third world countries were typically sweatshop driven.
2. Valuable. Some vintage items are much more valuable than you think. This applies not only to what it's worth but imagine what it meant to the person who owned it. He or she might have had a hard time letting go of their coat, sweater, or jacket. It meant a lot to them at one time in their lives. Check for labels or trademarks and do some research. Buying vintage is a great way to teach your children how to appreciate value. Here is an interesting article of a girl who struggled to fit in and found great advice from reading Betty Cornell's, Glamour Guide for Teens. Imagine how much she appreciates Cornell's guide.
3. Support local business. Vintage dealers are handpicking vintage clothing, furniture, and/or kitchenware to share with people who appreciate recycling good products. They are scientists looking for fossils not shells. And remember, there's a difference between vintage inspired and vintage!
4. Go green. Recycle, Reuse, or Restore. After all, "One man's trash is another man's treasure!" It's always great to reuse vintage items that are still in tip-top shape or can be refurbished. Some furniture can be reconditioned to look brand new and worth a thousand bucks. Sometimes it's just a matter of re-sanding and repainting which doesn't cost much at all.
5. Inexpensive! Vintage shopping is inexpensive and yet, rewarding! Look stylish and get compliments on an outfit you bought for just a few dollars. Design that mid-century home you've always wanted and your guests will be in awe. If you can't find what you're looking for, estate sales are always great for that unique piece of furniture or art. The highlight of vintage shopping is buying novelties that are clearly classic.
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