Vintage vs Second Hand

Is there a difference between vintage and second hand clothing? Yes there is! I’ve used these two interchangeably in the past but they are NOT the same! And now that I know better I think it’s only fair to share that knowledge with you because sharing is caring.

Vintage clothing is generally clothing from the 1920’s or 20 years before present day. So any clothing from 1996 or older would be considered vintage to us now. Then there is “vintage style” clothing which is an imitation – can be brand new- of older style clothing. Most vintage clothing are usually clothes that have been worn by someone else, only a very few number of vintage clothing haven’t been previously worn.

Second hand clothing on the other hand is simply put, clothing that has been owned and or used by someone else. With second hand clothing, it’s not about how old the cloth is, it becomes second hand if it’s been owned by someone else before you.

I love clothing and will shop in most places, mainly places my salary can afford. I shop with the same fervour  at River Island as at Jet. There’s no discrimination in my style book. If I like it, it doesn’t matter where it’s from (unless the store smells bad or is dingy) I will buy it! So you better believe if I find something that catches my eye at a charity shop, I will pop in and buy it.

The key to second hand shopping though is in spotting good, quality pieces. Because I spend R70 on a shirt or  dress doesn’t mean I’ll be happy with the seams coming apart or missing buttons. It still has to look good for me to consider spending any money on it.

Today, I went to a blogger’s pop up clothing sale where she sold some of her clothing but I’ll tell you all about it in an upcoming post. In the spirit of the event, I paired these shorts with a top I bought from a second hand shop in Observatory.

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Top: Cardamom Monkey (Charity Shop in Observatory)

Shorts : Mr Price

Hat and purse: Accessorize (old)

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2 Discussion to this post

  1. Chereen says:

    Those shorts are SO cute! What a great outfit, and I love this post – I’ve often wondered what actually constitutes a vintage piece, and now I know!

    • Tejumade Haastrup says:

      Thanks so much Chereen. I actually got the shorts on sale for R50! Would you believe? I’m glad you found the post useful. I’ll be sure to post more of such 🙂

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