I love nothing more than a spot of vintage shopping, so when my friend Megan requested that I introduce her to my vintage shopping ways in our local Sue Ryder Vintage & Retro shop, I practically jumped at the chance.

These days vintage shopping is finally starting to get it’s reputation back. With many thrifty bloggers taking advantage of these fashion mecca’s across the UK, it’s nice to see it’s finally to start to shed the rep of dead peoples clothes. (Woohoo.)

Although many people still like to look down on those that shop vintage, I say more fool them, because they’re the ones missing out.

You see, I’m a big fan of sustainable fashion and I don’t often buy lots of new clothes. Instead I prefer to pick out hidden gems that will help me to have fun with fashion and show off my personality in the best possible way.

Even within my own wardrobe, everything is on rotation and everything is worn.

So when it comes to purchasing new items, they really have to make an impact and be versatile for me to consider adding to my collection.

I’ve adored our Sue Ryder shop in Peterborough city centre ever since it first opened it’s doors, and I’ve never walked out empty handed.

Like an Aladdin’s cave of treasures, I love scouring through the decades to find pieces that are fun, and most of all unique.

I’ve never wanted to look like everyone else, and I always get a real sense of pleasure from knowing that some of my items are one & only’s.

The items I managed to find this time around are pieces that I just cannot wait to style up in a few outfit posts, as I think they’re not only beautiful but also very on trend for the spring/summer season.

My top tips for anyone wanting to try a little bit of vintage shopping would be as follows;

 Have Patience

Vintage shopping takes time. It’s not always easy to spot something amongst the clutter of contrasting garments. Spend your time going through each rail and looking at everything with an open mind.

Just Go with The Flow

Many vintage shopping guides I’ve seen often suggest for you to go in with an idea of what you want, but it just doesn’t work like that. We all know that if you go in with expectations, you’ll most likely walk out dissapointed and empty handed. Go completely clueless and you’ll be surprised at what jumps out at you.

Try it On

If there’s ever a time to try something on it’s when you’re vinatge shopping. The british sizing guide has changed drastically across the decades, and some pieces are often hand made, so sizing can vary hugely. Try it on before you even think about buying it, as simply seeing it on could make you re-think your purchase.

A vintage item has to be cherished, not thrown to the back of the wardrobe because it didn’t fit.

Edit or Amend

Sometimes you can stumble across an item, and in your mind you know it would look better if it was just slightly shorter or even taken in a little. Still buy it because there are lots of clothes tailors still about at local dry cleaners that can help you to update any old garments.

Just because it’s not instantly fashion friendly, doesn’t mean it should be left on the shelf.

Have Fun

With the amount of era’s that the clothes span from in vintage shops you can dabble in any decade, so sometimes it’s just nice to go along and play dress up for an afternoon in fancy frocks and 80’s wedding dresses. Just do it, and thank me later.


So when did you last buy something vintage?




Ask Boo


  1. D D

    It sure doesn’t pay to be a snob when it comes to shopping 2nd hand and at charity shops. Two weeks ago in a charity shop I found a Missoni knit dress for £7,50 and last year a pristine patent leather Feragammo handbag for £10 that know is worth at least around £350, then there was a vintage Moschino silk skirt I bought for 25EUR. Not to mention on EBay where I nicked a BCBG Max Azria silk gown for £26! It was a terrible pic posted in the ad, but I knew the brand’s quality and took a chance.
    Tip – sometimes a photo a seller takes can look crummy online, but do some photo searching on Google images and maybe you can find a better depiction of that same item. If it’s a really good quality brand and it’s cheap? (But research that brand’s specific sizing – it’s usually on their website.)

    1. lizaboo

      Those are great tips and i couldnt agree with you more. Thank you so much for such an insightful comment :o) x

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