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Shopping Sustainably

With Pickwick Vintage & Tried & True Co.


Being more sustainable doesn’t have to mean cutting out your shopping habit. The fast fashion industry is one of the biggest culprits of global warming, so shopping vintage or second-hand is a great way to lower your carbon footprint. Here’s our guide for shopping vintage….like a pro we might add. 

#1 Find a seller you like & keep coming back

Just like how you have your favorite brands, vintage curators develop a personal aesthetic. Find one that aligns with your taste and buy from them regularly- you can trust the pieces you’re getting and won’t end up with buyers’ remorse. Don’t know where to start? You can buy vintage pieces from vintage sellers through a market like Pickwick Vintage or a vintage shop like The General Store. They take the guesswork out of finding a reputable source for vintage and bring the best of the best into one place. And inside scoop on how to find a good seller? Ask questions. They should be able to answer questions about the piece’s history, quality and price. 

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#2 Find what fits your style

The General Store’s tips for diving into vintage fashion? Buy what you like; trends are cool, but find pieces that add to your own personal aesthetic! If you’re just getting started in vintage, try accessories first. Adding in some jewelry or a bag is an easy (and cheaper) way to build out your wardrobe. If you do dive into the deep end wearing vintage, here’s a helpful tip- avoid wearing pieces all from one single decade. Combine styles from different eras for a uniquely you ‘fit. 

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#3 Shop like a pro

If you’re shopping vintage at a market like Pickwick Vintage, you’ll need to be prepared to try things on out in the open. Wear something you can easily take off or pull clothes over to try on. That way no one gets a show and you can ensure everything fits correctly before you buy. And don’t forget to ask the seller for styling or fitting tips! 

So what are you waiting for? Take Sustainability Month and make it Sustainability Year thanks to the slow, intentional and (sometimes) vintage fashion, found right here at ROW. Follow along on our social for more information on all things green.