Taking a trip to your local thrift store to find a vintage pair of high-waisted jeans to cut into shorts is nothing new, and is a fad that has been popular amongst our generation for years. It is a style that has grown so much that it is now seen in stores like Urban Outfitters and Forever 21, but from my perspective, buying “vintage” clothing from a huge retail store is defeating the whole purpose behind it. In my opinion, buying vintage clothes from a store that has twenty of that same shirt in their back room does not count as purchasing vintage clothing. The beauty behind buying second-hand is that not only are you buying something original, but you are also saving the planet. Purchasing jeans from a Goodwill rather than Urban Outfitters not only saves you money, but also allows you to take a step towards saving the planet, that goes a little further than throwing an empty water bottle into a recycling bin.
Last summer, I discovered my love of thrift shopping, being able to pick up and a shirt or pair of jeans and bringing it home to either cut it up, distress it, or wear just the way I bought it. I loved it so much, not only because the clothes were inexpensive, but because I could find articles of clothing that I knew no one else would have, and I would have the opportunity to make them unique to my individual style. This past year I actually made an Instagram account selling vintage clothes that I found at local thrift stores both in Tallahassee and my home-town of Jacksonville, because I wanted to share what I was able to find with other people. On my account, named TLHvintage, I would post pictures of my washed, cut, and distressed vintage clothing. Rather than posting a picture of just the article of clothing, I would make sure to model my clothing in ways that showed my followers how the clothes could be worn. Often times I would make outfits solely out of my thrifted clothing, to show that it isn’t too difficult to make an outfit out of them.
So next time you open your laptop to online shop during class, check out Instagram first, where you can practically have the good finds from the thrift store shipped right to your apartment. Other Instagram accounts that I follow to find and buy vintage clothing include:
@TLHVintage (self promo?)
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