Monday, September 06, 2004

My preference, outside of being naked...

I love vintage clothing. Before it became trendy, I used to get bags of clothing at flea markets, second hand stores, and antique stores for next to nothing. Now times have changed. It's getting harder to find vintage clothing at a reasonable price. I refuse to pay over $20 for a top that's older than my mother. Forget about it. The whole point was to save some money and wear something unique. But in came the celebs and fashionistas, and now sellers want me to pay $120 for some stained under the pits, moth infested bygone blouse. Grrr.

Don't get me wrong. I still buy second hand clothing. Buying second hand is such a wonderful way to cut back on consumerism and mass produced brands. My rule is, so long as it isn't undergarments or sandals, I will buy. I bought my very warm winter coat last year online (second hand) for $45. -- and it arrived in wonderful condition (I will have to post a pic of me not freezing to death in the awesome frock). Most of my suits are from the 40's, and I have about 12 party dresses all from different eras ranging from 1900 - 1970.

But I am having a difficult time finding cool, quality vintage clothing sites that aren't overpriced. I'm sorry, folks, but just because you loved your Aunt Betty, that doesn't mean I want to spend $50 on her old purple cardigan. Come on. Where's the spirit of recycled clothing, people. Let's get back to our anticonsumer roots by keeping second hand threads reasonably priced.

If you feel me, and you know you do, send me the name of your favorite garment site.

jane

5 Comments:

Blogger Terry said...

Without exception, mine was the "Old Clothing Show" at the Ex in Toronto. Got my first leather jacket there for 20$ and wore it for years and years. Get there early though...

4:15 PM  
Blogger June said...

Unfortunately, I know no online garment site. I bought most precious pieces in hidden shops in London - Camden town and Nothing Hill. But I know antique jewelry site, wonderful and not so expensive http://www.sassyclassics.com/.

2:17 AM  
Blogger Cat Walker said...

Freecycle!

6:22 AM  
Blogger Cat Walker said...

Whoa! Wrong link! Try this instead, Freecycle.org Sorry about that.

6:24 AM  
Blogger aleah said...

Cool. Thanks for the suggestions all.

6:41 AM  

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