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Get a Vintage Look for Bargain Prices

By Caroline Iman

Having a hard time finding ways to distinguish your style from other people? With just about everyone sporting an outfit from the same department stores, it can be challenging to stand out as an individual rather than a (insert commonly shopped store here) person. Thrift stores are the perfect solution to vamping up your style with unique pieces.

Here are a few simple suggestions on shopping for vintage accessories in thrift stores:

Always check locally run thrift stores. They tend to have nicer things and it is a great way to support local charities.  If you’re looking for branded items, check out thrift stores near wealthier neighborhoods. Your fellow citizens are bound to be chucking out last season’s Jimmy Choos — which could ultimately become this season’s treasure.

Look for characteristic pieces. Find jewelry that tells a story and looks unique.

Try a brooch. They are a great add to any blazer or shirt. Of course be aware of the weight of the brooch and the material of the shirt. I prefer antique looking brooches on modern cut blazers mainly because of the contrast.

Look for quality jewelry. Check closely for worn out color and fading metal. Most pre-90s jewelry tend to be thicker, have greater color and are generally made to last. Some can be heavy so keep that in mind especially with earrings.

Scarves are another favorite of mine in thrift stores. They are versatile, classic and can help define an outfit. Scarves can also function as belts, head wraps, headbands, shirts and even skirts (long ones of course). I prefer silky scarves with bright solid colors. When shopping for scarves, trace the whole material with your fingers in order to catch any holes.

Vintage accessories can complement any trend from color blocking to floral. They can also make great conversation pieces, say at a house-warming party or other events where you may not know many people. The economic advantage of shopping at thrift stores makes vintage accessories all more exciting once you find that amazing pair of earring, scarves or even brooch.

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