It was a Wednesday and though the sun was shining and I just got in a quick hour-long session of pilates, my apetite for food, coffee, and a quick pit-stop in my local vintage store was loud and clear. This is rare these days. And it is even more rare that I answer to it. There’s always something stopping me, and I am never dissapointed by the something. It has been, “Oh, I have to remember to mail that letter!” “Oh, that conference call is at 3, I need to set up for that.” And before I know it, “Ahh, the kids will be back soon!” These are my work days. Lately, my non-work days are still work days because #summerschedules. While I can ignore most vintage calls, on this odd Wednesday, I could not.
I grabbed a croissant, an iced coffee, and gleefully skipped a few blocks. The quick one minute plan was to try it on (or not), pay for it, and then finally, make a run for it. Of course, there was also a quick catch-up, the kind that only your local vintage store delivers, and distracted wondering eyes a’plenty. But most of all, it was the pause and delight with something I spent years doing before I was a mother.
My quick vintage store pop-ins started in 2009 when I worked at a consigment store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. I had 30 minutes to an hour to hop in Beacon’s Closet, see what called me, whip around the corner to Vinnie’s and then hoof a slice down before returning to work with my goods.
My career changed, so formal lunch breaks switched with emails from my phone with a baby strapped to my chest. Mid-afternoon pop-ins turned into early morning ones. And small and organized stores replaced large and busy ones. So much has changed, but the feel of a good vintage dress remains the same.
More vintage dresses I adore right here:
+ A similar 1960s vintage dress
+ And a sleevless mini 1960s vintage dress
(Photos in a vintage dress for a perfume campaign I did last week. This post uses affiliate links, which we may earn a small commission from if you choose to purchase something. Thank you!)
Love vintage shopping! Maybe that’s the best tactic-setting time limits. Ha! I’ll have to give it a try.
Jill, I think so! It’s an in and out and then what you get is what you get, and you have to make it work. And if you don’t get anything, it just simply, wasn’t your day!
Love vintage store outfits! I’d love to see more of your styling!
I post one to two style posts a week. You can click that section to check out archives. Most of the posts have loads of vintage styled within because that’s how i generally shop. But i’ll share
more vintage specific posts in the near future for you.
I am so inspired by your style posts! I wish we had access to more vintage stores in Spain (there are not as many, or at least not that I know of!)
This post has made me want to try find new ones again, though! If you ever make it to Madrid and find a good one, let us know. 😉
Hi Beatriz! Ahh, yes, I will! Hoping Spain gets a few more good ones, as you have the perfect weather for gorgoeus vintage dresses.
i thrift so much for our home/kids these days, this was a good reminder to carve out 15 minutes to thrift for me too. love this dress on you!
I love your styling posts and would love you to share some styling tips for women in their 40’s if at all possible:))
Great work by the way!
Okay!! Will do!