Hello and happy beginning of the holiday season vintage lovers!!!
Some of you undoubtedly participated in Black Friday and Small Business Saturday shopping. Whether you shopped to give yourself some pre-holiday-season-sanity or shopped to be a part of the day’s sensationalized spectacle, you hopefully sought out the deals that you NEEDED rather than what you just WANTED.
As a vintage lover suffering from thrift addiction, I’m constantly reminding myself to neutralize my desires and stilt my seeking of what I don’t have when it comes to material goods.
I inspire contentedness with what I already own by refusing to shop altogether, or practicing “safe shopping” where I simply browse and play in vintage boutiques so that I can capture great content for your delight right here on this site.
But like so many of you probably feel, the addiction to shopping isn’t always about the material good itself. It’s about the experiential act of securing something new and special. It’s waking up at 3AM to grab coffee and pow wow with your shopping sisters, strategizing a day of Black Friday shopping that begins standing in line outside Target as the sun rises and the anticipation builds.
Spectacle shopping is a blend of pain and pleasure that gives us stories to tell when we’re unwrapping those “discount presents” underneath the Christmas tree weeks later. Oh, and what stories we have to tell!
So while I encourage you to practice smart shopping regularly, sometimes you do just have to let go and allow yourself to just shop for the sake of shopping. And whatever the experience means to you, embrace it in the moment for the joy, the rush and for the soft smile that you’ll wear for hours later in the aftermath of it all.
Today’s post is about shopping for the vintage pieces that you may not have in your closets already, and which I implore you to consider purchasing next time you support small business — no matter their sales! — and shop your local vintage boutique or one of the sellers I highlight in my Shop Finds page.
Keep reading after the jump for PART I of my personal picks for a top 12 vintage lovers’ must-own list! These are the pieces worth investing in for timeless vintage style that’s unique, but conveniently chic and versatile for the busy & blessed modern girl.