Dear Miss Victory Violet,
I’m almost eighteen and I’m thinking of moving out to go to university next year. Naturally with all the fees I won’t have much money left over.
I’ve noticed your wonderful sense of style am I’d love to know if you have any advice on how to live a vintage lifestyle on a budget? I’d also like to know if you could help me with where best to look for cheap but good quality vintage items to decorate my accommodation with?
Thank you so much,
Love from Lois
Wow, what a exciting time it must be for you! I’m in a similar boat at the moment, my husband and I are saving for a big 6 week long trip next year so I can’t buy too much!
Apart from the usual thrift shops, there are a few online places that you can get second hand vintage reproduction clothing. An obvious place is eBay but there are also multiple facebook forums where ladies sell their used dresses. Here’s a few of my favourites-
All the experiences I have had within these forums have been positive ones but there are unfortunatley always a few bad eggs who will try to scam unsuspecting ladies. Always use Paypal to pay for goods as this way you are protected for 45 days from payment.
There are also a couple of cheaper clothing companies. These companies can be hit and miss in terms of quality but are generally pretty good for the price. I’d recommend looking up Lindy Bop, Chic Star and Hell Bunny
Also there are always great sales on at certain times of the year! Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving) is usual pretty awesome for online deals but keep an eye out at Boxing Day and other major holiday periods. I try to save my pennies especially for Black Friday so I can take advantage of the specials.
Now in terms of decorating your residence, I love the look of old glass bottles and bunting! You should be able to find a myriad of glass bottles at your local second hand shop and bunting can be easily made using cheap scraps of material. Find some old, beat up furniture and paint them a bright pop of colour or a more subtle pastel to give them new life. For more inspiration, check out these pinterest boards.
x Miss Victory Violet
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