So this dress is a recent purchase from EBay.
A classic 50's jersey floral dress...
A lot of people believe that I'm rich to have such a wardrobe....
It's true that I have no special budget for my outfits, but I'm not rich...
We have both a full time job, no children... that's help... but finding vintage bargains are also a part of the pleasure to build a vintage wardrobe!
I have a personnal rule... not spending more than $100 for a dress!
This kind of floral dresses are not the most loved by vintage gals, so they are cheap... $25 for this one!
But those bargains are pretty rare nowadays... I think that vintage clothing prices have increased a lot previous years!
I can easily remember my first Ebay bids 10 years ago... winning 50s New Look coat for $40... 40s varsity sweater for $30... novelty dresses for $25!!!
Those kind of atomic wool men jackets were sold for $30, now it's hard to find them under $100!
Vintage clothes and mainly 50's stuff have become so fashionnable!
I think that since Etsy appeared, prices raised a lot!
I have an Etsy story to share with you.... I was following a 50s simple cotton dress on Etsy for many months... price was $160... quite high for a cotton dress... and the dress was still not sold so I choose to contact the seller and proposed what I though a good offer for this kind of dresses: $90+shipping for it.... I received a really nasty answer claiming that I had no respect!
Asking indecent prices is also a king of no respect, isn't it?
Cannot believe that some hawaiian dresses are proposed for more than $500... and that people buy them at these crazy prices!!!
My husband think that buying online is too expensive so he prefer to wait and save money for our "vintage trips" to fill out a full suitcase!
It's not rare that he comes back with more than 30 vintage neckties!!!
For me it's quite impossible to stop buying online, I'm an Ebay and Etsy addict!
But I also like to buy cheap stuff from flea markets like this 40's velvet hat for 3 euros!
If you cannot spend hundreds bucks in a vintage dress chose carefully your accessories... A few stunning ones can makes you look like a queen!
This birds brooch was purchased in a vintage shop in Paris for 20 euros... not cheap but I can usually spent a bit more in item that I can buy in real life, you can feel the material, check condition and size for clothing!
If you are looking for vintage inspired stuff like these Miss L Fire shoes, my advice it's to wait for sales as much as possible. Most of my shoes collection was bought on sales with 50% off!
But what is the best part about having a vintage wardrobe is that you don't loose money... if you are carefull with your clothes they are keeping the same value if you want to sell them!!!
Do you prefer Etsy or EBay ?
What is your budget when you buy vintage online ?