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i can't be bothered going through endless racks of smelly, ripped, overpriced rubbish and never actually finding anything nice. i've only ever bought like 2 items of vintage clothes ever because everything's SO fucking ugly
some of it is, but compared to places like american apparel, topman, urban outfitters where you would think may sell clothes similar to vintage clothes, it's much cheaper.
And clearly people do still buy vintage clothes.
for a reasonable price. most of the stuff that is cheaper than AA, Topman, Urban Outfitters is fucking fucking fucking ugly and is basically for nauseatingly girls in provincial towns who read the NME, maybe dabble in Joanna Newsom if they're SUPER QUIRKY, are having a photography phase and think that wearing a disgusting nylon teadress is a GOOD SARTORIAL CHOICE (i should know, i had a boner for them once). Because of this, whilst cheaper than them cool highstreet shops, they are still ridiculously marked-up considering the ugly shit they are. Seriously, £20 for a 1980s highschool sports t-shirt or an awful patterned shirt that not even anyone's dad wore way back when. fuck off.
Any actually NICE items of vintage clothing are marked up beyond ALL affordability because they are either designer or a massive massive rarity. And even when they do exist, you have to spend maybe ALL day sifting through shops and shops of the stuff to find the nice bits which is a horrible act and incredibly wasteful in terms of time, if you're lucky enough to find something nice ANYWAY.
On the other hand, you could just go into a decent high street shop, or some nice boutiques, maybe spend a little more time looking for stuff and thinking about what you're going to buy, rather than in the end just going for something because it's vintage, probably spend maybe a TINY bit more but end up way less stressed, with clean hands. And if you've got a good eye for clothes you'll probably look way more individual and cool and creative than all the identikit cunts who emerge from Affleck's Palace/Blue Rinse/Beyond Retro whatever. And you definitely won't look like some sort of 70s pornography before the disrobing/Abigail's party tribute act.
but a little time thinking about what you're going to buy
that should read in the last paragraph
i can only talk from my experience, i hardly go shopping at nowadays, so i don't mind spending a day out in say brick lane or somewhere with a few friends and just making a day out of it, i'll normally pick up 2 or 3 decent items for a decent price. I would agree that vintage sales have definitely upped their prices because of current fashion, especially places like camden where they know people will go looking for it.
But sometimes half the fun is looking through some rubbish and finding a gem or two. A bit like TK Max, but just with incredibly awful service and customers.
if you don't mind rummaging, coming out a little smelly and having to do the odd bit of repairs they are wonderful places to find quality, nice vintage things on the cheap.
How was Eastern Europe?
American Apparel is really cheap in my opinion, but so much of the stuff is unwearable for most people. I went through a phase of buying stuff, but then realising half of it was way slutty, and well...yeah, just too slutty to wear out most places.
Urban Outfitters - really overpriced. Used to be good - much better in the US than in this country.
Top Shop = shit. Also I object to being sold cardigans that are meant to look vintage,and look in a worse state than something about fifteen quid cheaper from a 'vintage' shop. Also impossible to find anythng in the upstairs bit that isn't 'overdone' with an unnecessary frill or heart motif
Uniqlo = good
H&M= occasional good things, good for basics like t-shirts and cardigans, but dresses are really badly cut there.
Not left with many options...
but there's TONS of nice stuff for girls. It depends where you live though - when I went to manchester and did a shop there, there were only about two good vintage shops and the rest were basically sub-oxfam.
In London, everytime I go to Beyond Retro, or in Rokit down Brick Lane I rue my parent's south asian diminutiveness and wish I was about 9 inches taller - amazing amazing dresses.
I've bought two amazing dresses in the past week.
I'm too lazy to go to TopShop now I've got Brick Lane on my doorstep, but I also don't like the feeling of being massively ripped off. Plus so much of the stuff they have in the boutique session is just really badly made. Spent £70 on a casual dress there, and it shrank in the wash! At least if you find something vintage, you can to an extent guarantee the quality.
just in a different way to topshop, at least in my experience
and i've just never felt that searching through so much dross has ever justified anything nice one might find, which is usually horrifically expensive ANYWAY.
that said, i recognise that topshop possibly has the WORST MANUFACTURE on the planet
I quite like 70s style prints and things. Maybe you've just been there on a bad day? It's really not that expensive, not if you've been paying upwards of £50 for a dress you'll only wear for four or five months and then have to chuck away because it's so conspicuously topshop-five-months-ago and its falling apart anyway.
but i don't what the men's clothing is like in the former
you should go there when next in London. Really cheap. Like 7 quid for shirts and stuff. Genuinely good vintage.
but depends where you shop
There are amazing amazing dresses in vintage shops in London - the only thing is they are usually quite big, and it's rare that I find anythng that fits. But in each instance I have done, they've been dresses I've really treasured and feel I probably wear years later.
I've had the reverse experience with the TopShop boutique - spent LOADS of money there and have thrown out so much because the quality is appalling despite it being handmade, or non-factory.
if any of my clothes ever tear or anything, chances are they're from topshop.