Restricting myself to only buying vintage and second hand clothing hasn’t slowed down my shopping habits yet. Rather, I have been excited to find new places to buy and try to find hidden treasures. Surprisingly it has also been saving me money, in the sense that I am buying less expensive things not in the sense that I am shopping any less.
So far I have been online, market, and pop-up consignment shopping. Finding everything from second hand designer accessories to street wear. My wardrobe is beginning to expand both with size and variety and I love where the journey is taking me.
Firstly one of this months' favorite things, Depop. I am probably on the app nearly as much as Instagram, and with identical aesthetics its hard not to get addicted. My shopping on the app is down to a routine. Firstly I look up items that I have been searching for, such as a Saint Laurent wallet and Hyke X Adidas shoes. Then, I scroll through the Explore page to see all the latest street wear and what is trending. Buying is easy, I always buy through the app and not PayPal, and there is a mixture of vintage stores and individual people selling, which gives shopping more of a community feel. It's also fun to see people you know from Instagram and blogging selling through the app, such as, someone I greatly admire, Victoria from In the Frow recently opened back up her account. I haven’t sold anything yet but I am excited to once I am ready to let some of my new pieces go.
Market shopping is amazing in London, and the racks of vintage Burberry trench coats on street corners rivals any second hand shopping in the world. So far I have bought from Broadway Market in Hackey, where you can find me every Saturday buying Cross Town Donuts and loaves of fresh bread. I can now also add clothing to that list. There is only one part of the market that sells clothes but there are some great finds. As well, the creative vibe of the area is perfect to draw inspiration from for a vintage look.
Buy My Wardrobe
Where I have probably found the greatest buys is from a pre-loved designer goods pop-up shop hosted by Buy My Wardrobe in Mayfair. In a small gallery a collection of different venders got together to sell second hand designers items, from vintage Balenciaga bags to never worn Isabel Marant. I bought a pair of worn yet gorgeous and classic black Jimmy Choos and the reflective Dior So Real sunglasses, which I have wanted since seeing them all through Paris Fashion Week in February. Little things like not coming with a case or having scuff marks on the soles made these purchases much more realistic and I still love them just as much as I would if they were new. Also a big thank you to the ladies at Buy My Wardrobe for letting me into the event without my name being on the list.