Vintage shopping guide: What to look out for
If you're about to buy something vintage, what should you look out for?
5. Look for for the unique details
Every piece at Beyond Retro is hand-picked because it's special. Look at collars, buttons, sleeves, embroidery, fabric - it's not always the most obvious element that showcases its story, but it's why you’ll treasure it forever.
6. What do you love?
If you feel overwhelmed by choice, go back to what you know. You can easily spot colours, textures, prints, fabrics and brands you know you like, and use these as a starting point to discover the unique vintage out there.
7. Give the piece a once-over
Most pre-loved garments are in good to excellent condition to make it to the shop floor, but it's worth checking the piece for signs of wear before you purchase. Take a look at the seams, buttons, zips of clothes, and for shoes check the soles - everything can be fixed very easily so don’t worry if you can’t part with the piece! If you’re online at Beyond Retro, we list all item defects clearly so check before you buy.
8. Keep an open mind
While vintage stores curate their offering to help you find what you’re looking for, you might come across something you didn’t know you wanted until you see it! Trust your gut and get comfortable with spending time exploring a wide selection, the hunt will be all the more thrilling when you find that special piece!