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.

What is Vintage clothing?

Vintage clothing is generally clothing from the 1920’s or 20 years before present day.

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 have been worn by someone else, only a very few number  haven’t been previously worn.

Second hand clothing

This,  on the other hand, is simply, 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 that I can afford. I shop with the same fervour at River Island as I do 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!

I’ve even bought a few bits and bobs from charity shops when I lived in the UK. In fact, it was my favourite thing to do. Who doesn’t love a bargain? Great that my money is going towards a good cause too.

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)