This week's Vintage Love features Mandi of Fine and Dandy Vintage. Mandi has an amazing collection of men and women's vintage clothing as well as some great finds for the home. Mandi is also the author behind one of my favorite blogs, Here's looking at me kid.
What do you love about vintage?
In highschool, I hated showing up to school and seeing somebody else wearing the same shirt as me. I started thrifting back in those days, actually taking my lunch break (in high school!) to head to the thrift store and look for fun clothes. I suppose I've always loved individuality, and vintage really lends itself to that.
What is the best item you have ever come across when you have been vintage/thrift shopping?
I definitely can't play favorites, but I certainly did enjoy winning the ebay auction on the 1960s globe light floor lamp that is currently sitting in my living room. I know it wasn't exactly a vintage shop or thrift store find, but it was quite exhilerating and is probably my favorite decor item that I own.
Do you have a style or method you use when vintage/thrift shopping?
I try to go to the Salvation Army every Wednesday morning when they open. It's a big day for them, as they offer 50% off all clothing items. I often leave with my arms loaded with bags of goodies! Sometimes, though, if I show up even ten minutes after the doors open, I spy women with carts full of the vintage clothes that I wasn't there in time to snatch. Then, I plot how I can steal it out of their carts, because, after all, they won't love them as much as I would! Of course, I never steal anything from other shoppers' carts. But I definitely contemplate it each time that happens! Woah is me.
Is there one tip you could share that might help someone who is new to thrifting and vintage shopping?
Don't be afraid of not being able to "pull it off." If you like something- get it! Wear with confidence. When I first started wearing vintage, I would usually only incorporate one vintage item into a modern outfit. And then, as I grew to love having a unique style, it turned into the modern items accenting entire outfits of vintage clothes. Back in the day, I was just a normal girl who wore Abercrombie and Fitch, just like all of my peers. Sure, I was a little hesitant to change my style. But looking back, I don't know why I was. Just wear what makes you happy! (And as a side note, being able to afford more clothes was added incentive to shop at the thrift store instead of Abercrombie!)
Thank you Mandi for participating in this week's Vintage Love.
Photos courtesy of Mandi, Fine and Dandy Vintage.
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