Thursday, March 14, 2013

Guest Post with Butterfly Loves Snapdragons

Hey guys! Today I'm out of town, so I arranged to have a guest post from the lovely Katie of Butterfly Loves Snapdragons! She is basically the vintage queen, and she's going to share a few tips for you on secondhand shopping!

Why hello there dears! My name is Katie and I blog on my little space of the web called Butterfly Loves Snapdragons. I am so very delighted to be blogging for the lovely Rachel today. She has such darling and unique style and I never come away without inspiration. 
I am quite the vintage loving gal and so (much like Rachel) I buy most of my clothing secondhand. I also have quite the collection of clothing from various grandparents :) I just love when one's clothing has a story or two behind it! It gives the clothes a bit more depth and character, don't you think?
I was just thinking lately of some tips to shopping secondhand, would you care to know? :)

The first tip I have is to check your favorite spots often. Many shops get inventory in every week and so you have a better chance at finding items you like if you go in more frequently. You can also ask the owners what days they put out new merchandise so you can check right away if you're antsy ;)

 Secondly, when you go in-have an idea of how much you are willing to spend and bring only that much with you in cash. I've overspent a few too many times before I figured this one out. Sometimes I get a bit too enthusiastic at the cheap prices and come home with a bag of expensive junk.

My third tip is to shop all around the store! I've found things in the little kid's sections, men's sections, and DEFINITELY the old lady's section ;). Also,  don't look only in your size range. Many items have such varied sizes that the tags usually don't mean much anyway.

I figured out the last tip just recently. Make friends with the owners of the shops you like to frequent! I chatted with the lady of one of my favorite antique shops the other day and I happen to mention how much I love vintage hats (as I was buying two of them...what a coincidence...). She then gave me a tip that the following week in her store she was putting in a recently found vintage Christian Dior hat and that she'd give me a deal on it! Well, that just had me tickled pink. It's a mutually beneficial relationship-I get tipped off to the better merchandise, and she gets to (hopefully) make a sale! Can't beat that :)

Hope you can enjoy using some of these tips! Visit me at my blog for more daily outfits and ramblings of mine. I love to meet new readers and discover more blogs!
God Bless all, 

Hat- Vintage, Antiques on 18th
Sweater- Vintage, Nu2U Upscale Thrift
Blazer, Oxfords- Vintage- Y's Buys
Bag- Vintage Coach, thrifted
Skirt- Grandmother's


  1. As usual Katie, you have great style in this and some good tips. The one about the owners sounds like an obvious one once you'd said it but I had never thought about it! Thanks.

  2. Katie, your tips are wonderful! Some of them I already knew about, but some were something I hadn't thought about - like making friends with the owner. :)

    Trendy Teal

  3. Thanks for the tips Katie! Im always envious of your amazing vintage collection! Love this jacket and of course the hat :)

  4. Some very good tips. And I love your hat!