Today: Places to Buy Vintage Online + Search Term Tips
|Left (June): Carole Top by Pinup Girl Clothing, Skirt: Vintage via eBay|
Right (Amelia): Top: Vintage via Sweet Ludie's Vintage, Skirt: Vintage via Vintage Ooollee
We talked a little about the Pros + Cons of Wearing Vintage here, but after writing that post we had some ladies say they had problems navigating the online vintage market. We know not every lady is lucky enough to have a shop that sells vintage in her town and for those that do, if you work a 9-5 it's sometimes hard to make it there before closing time. For that reason, there is the wide world of online vintage shopping!
Our main choices for online vintage shopping are eBay and Etsy. We know there are other online avenues (like actual websites or Instagram shops) but these are our favorites. With both sites, you grow to understand the vintage selling community thereon and frequently check in on various e-stores until you're able to find out what sellers are your favorites. Well, here are some search term tips + tricks!
Vintage via Ebay
- Know your measurements - We realized during our Junebug's Closet sale that a lot of ladies don't know their measurements, that's going to cause you major problems when shipping vintage, as a size 6 in 1958 isn't the same as a size 6 in 2014. We are true believer's that if you don't at least know your waist, bust and hip measurements, you are going to have a HELL of a time shopping vintage, online and otherwise (here's a link explaining how). Not to mention, it helps even when shopping reproductions as all size charts are not created equal.
- Search terms, be specific! - search terms such as wiggle dress, circle skirt, sun dress, shirt dress, day dress and other descriptive terms can aid in narrowing your search, especially if you're looking for a specific item. Even if you aren't, it may help to search each item you're interested in individually.
- Filters are your best friend - you can filter things by brand, style, price, etc. (although we would strongly recommend against filtering by size on vintage pieces as a medium to one person usually isn't a medium to another) and then favorite that filter. eBay will notify you every time something that fits your filter is listed, so you're not having to continuously re-invent the wheel.
- Getting caught up in the auction - I (June) will say I am SO guilty of this, I see a dress I love and watch it all week and then 15 seconds before it ends, the price is driven WAY above what I intended on paying and I get sucked in. I win the auction, but then I'm left with an amazing piece that's tinged with buyer's remorse. While vintage pieces are often one-of, it's so important to remember that others will come along.
|Left (Amelia): Dress: vintage - gift from June purchased via eBay | Right: Dress: Vintage via Sweet Ludie's Vintage|
Vintage via Etsy
- Search terms, your choice - Like Ebay, search terms are your friend on Etsy. But, we've found that on Etsy, you can be a bit more vague like '1950s Shirtdress' or more specific '50s novelty print Strawberry Circle Skirt'. You might not always be successful when being so specific but, we've found it more likely than it is on Ebay.
- Try searching by size - On Etsy a general search usually brings up a lot more options than Ebay so by including your size you cut down on results. Whether that be your numerical size or taking the risk of searching your general size (small, medium, large). However, buyer beware--not all sellers provide accurate measurements or sizes (the same can be said for Ebay).
- Filters can be really helpful - For starters, when you search something on Etsy you end up with pages of mixed results, so instead of the general "relevancy" filter, you might want to exchange that to filter by recency or price. Also, as Etsy is a "buy it now" based site, we find it helpful to also filter your results by price. While we love looking at the beautiful, in-perfect-condition, novelty print masterpiece as much as the next person, it's out of our price range and excluding things out of your price range can definitely help cut down on the pages of search results.
|Left (June): Dress: vintage via eBay | Right: Skirt and Top Set: vintage via eBay|