Tips for Thrifting & Vintage Buying | A Sustainable & Affordable Way to Shop

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on a budget & have a love for hitting the second-hand stores? 

Okay, I totally get it. Sustainable fashion prices are something we aren't really used to, today. When we are able to get a tee for five bucks, why spend $50? Most of you know, I believe in supporting the makers in order for the industry to become better {I don't believe thrifting is the one answer or solution to the problem}. We need those brands. However, I understand we all don't have the extra income to spend. I've always loved vintage shopping. It was a passion of mine for years, and my closet is full of 50s dresses {some that don't even fit, but my love goes beyond wearing the garment - it's not pathetic, I swear}. Most of the time, you don't know what you're getting. Tags can be ripped out or the fabric has not been taken care of for years. I've always been super careful with how I treat my clothes, and today, I'm going to share a few of my tips with you & some of my favorite online places to shop! 

 

To Shop:

 
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1. Smock Walker Vintage

Not only does Justina {the owner of Smock Walker Vintage} have a great eye for vintage goods, she also has a big heart. Each purchase gives 10% to the non-profit organization Mercy for Animals - an organization dedicated to preventing cruelty to farmed animals and promoting compassionate food choices and policies. If you need denim, kimonos or super sweet dresses, Smock Walker Vintage is for you! 


 
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2. Moth Oddities

A shop for both men & women, Moth Oddities travels all over the US to find you super unique vintage pieces. Plus, the owners Yana & Ian are awesome people, and I've been lucky enough to hang out with them :D Their photoshoots are hip/trendy/sexy/cool, too, so be sure to follow their Insta for all the shots! 

{use code MOTHCHIC10 for 10% off your entire purchase} 


 
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3. Modernation

Another great vintage shop, Modernation takes old garments and upcycles them for a fresh and updated look. How pretty is the Aries Dress set? & while you are there, you need to check out their newest capsule collection for pieces you can wear several different ways! 


How to Care:

 
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1. Laundry Enhancer

Have you ever bought a piece of used clothing, and felt like a weird smell followed you everywhere? Some of the garments you buy could have been sitting in an attic or a box for years and years. That 'old' smell can be ridiculously hard to get rid of, but cleaning brands like Enviroklenz have made taking care of garments and odors so much easier. Made with 3 active ingredients: Magnesium Oxide (MgO), Zinc Oxide (ZnO), Titanium Dioxide (TiO2) {all non-toxic minerals found on the planet}, Enviroklenz forms the perfect recipe for neutralizing or completely destroying a pollutant it comes in contact with.

{use code envirochic15 for 15% off your entire purchase}


 
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2. Gentlewasher

Since we don't always know the fabric content of a vintage piece, it's nice to take precautions when washing. This machine is great for delicates and small loads, and works quick! I've had people ask me 'how do you have time for this'? Well, let me tell you, it's quicker {only 5 minutes} & more effective than washing garments by hand, doesn't use any electricity & saves on laundry detergent. So yes, I have time for that ;)


 
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taken from Free People

 

3. Eco-dying

Have a small stain, but still love the piece? Don't throw it away. Eco-dying is a savior when it comes to keeping garments in your closet. Just google the term, and you can find plenty of DIYs showing you ways to use flowers and other plants to create pratically a whole new look for your garment!