Finding online vintage fashion is evolving rapidly, and depending on the type of vintage hunter you are it can be an especially exciting time to find vintage fashion online. Post-recession mood is wearing off and people are paying more attention to the details again. The antiquity, style and nostalgia we all adore can be appreciated and honored once again because we’re not clutching our pocketbooks in fear of the economy. And this is apparent by the breadth of vintage fashion available online today.
Take Etsy, private sellers exploded into the market offering thousands of vintage items curated and broken out into the most specialized of niches. By category, period, you name it. You can get as specific as vintage eye-wear from the 1950s, or vintage hats Union Made from the 1940s. There is also a host of vintage designer handbag, vintage accessories dealers who are easy to find. And most of the items are all beautifully laid out, photographed and easy to purchase. What people would have to dig for five years to aquire on Ebay is possible to find without the bidding war and the anxiety.
This new vintage economy also means that niche online shops are competing in a bigger way. With contributors claiming to be vintage fashionistas gathering and offering specialized curation in one place. And frankly some vintage shoppers would rather skip the hunting part and head straight to the “pay big bucks and get exactly what I want, part.” And they can go direct to a host of online specialty shops now to get it.
The online vintage shopping experience has exploded. Never before have we had access to rare items on this scale and in an environment that beautifies vintage fashion with detailed photos, well documented descriptions, and an enormous array of choice. We have never been in a better position post-recession to find vintage.
Let us be clear however that this new marketplace for the hardcore vintage hunter does not by any stretch of the imagination replace: thrifting, hitting your local vintage boutique, garage saling or scanning craigslist, but it does open the floodgates for the vintage surfer who would rather hunt on their laptop. And if you’re serious it’s both.
The days of bidding wars are numbered. The online vintage shopping experience has evolved. People can part with their money knowing what they’ve bought is from a reputable source they can trust, online. Hooray!