Most of the time when I think of antique stores, three things come to mind:
1. Poor lighting
2. Clothing racks stuffed with mothball-ridden clothing
3. Dingy floorboards that squeak when you walk across making you feel super awkward when you’re the only one in the store.
Of course this is only from my experience shopping in Staunton, VA. Until recently, I only entered these stores when in a desperate search for anything I could turn into a cheap Halloween costume, but after receiving an exhaustive fashion education beginning in the 18th century, I have come to appreciate the garments these stores have acquired over time. I now walk through these stores as if I am walking through a museum, sorting through suitcases filled with scarves and neckties every now and then finding a jewel.
A couple things to keep in mind when you are antiquing/thrifting…
Keep an open mind. One thing you have to remember is that just because it has been used and may be over 20 years old, doesn’t mean it’s not good quality. In reality, a lot of older clothing is constructed much better than clothing is nowadays because people expected them to last. (I’ve heard that most clothing at Forever 21 is constructed to last approximately 3 wears before a seam pops, a hole forms, the fabric deteriorates, etc.) Also, don’t reject something just because you don’t recognize the label. If it’s good quality and it fits, don’t worry about it. If it really bothers you then you can cut the tag out later. :P
Being a mother probably means you’ve mastered multi-tasking, but leave the kids at home! In order to find anything, you need to be thorough which is not easy to do while you’re making sure the kids are getting into trouble at the same time. It’s also hard not to get wrapped up in the beautiful vintage fabrics and fabulous prices but make sure you go with a plan or a list of what you really need!
Good Luck and happy thrifting :)