Navigating Vintage Clothing Stores
Salvation Army, Goodwill
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What to expect: Rock bottom prices with occasional gems.
Watch out for: Drudgery of sifting through duds.
Flea Markets, Thrift Shops
What to expect: Affordable prices, but often not curated; bin rummaging required.
Watch out for: Fake designer pieces and occasional overpriced items.
What to expect: Curated but pricey; shopkeepers and staff eager to help.
Watch out for: Expensive shops in the center of town; try off-the-beaten path and rural areas.
What to expect: Huge selection, high prices, and an entrance fee.
Watch out for: Being overwhelmed; come with a plan and a budget.
What to expect: The excitement of competition and cheap finds.
Watch out for: Excessively bidding and overpaying; no returns.
What to expect: Well-curated vendors, good service and middling prices.
Watch out for: Shipping costs and weird sizing; ask lots of questions.