One of the questions I get asked the most from girls who are just starting out in the pinup lifestyle, is where they can find affordable pinup style fashions. Fabulous reproduction clothes and vintage alike can become very pricey it’s true! However you can look just as fabulous on a tiny budget as well.
Girls, get your thrift on!! I for one, would much rather go shopping at my local thrift store, than a pricey department store at the mall any day of the week. I have found amazing vintage finds for just a few bucks! Not every thrifting trip is successful, but if you keep checking, you are bound to find something amazing.
Here are just a few tips to help you on your search for pinup-style -finds on your next thrift store outing!
1- #1 Know what you are looking for! Have in mind the silhouettes, and styles you would like to find. A good rule of thumb for pinup is to look for dresses with full skirts, circle skirts, halter dresses, wiggle skirts and dresses, and high waist pants, and skirts. Keep a look out for fun prints too, a pinup can never go wrong with polka dots, leopard print, gingham or cherries!
2- #2 If you are hunting vintage, look for key indicators of vintage like union labels, metal zippers, sturdy cotton fabric, and if you are really lucky bakelite buttons.
3- #3 Know when to get the deals, many thrift stores have sales on certain days of the week, my local Salvation Army, for instance has 50% of women’s clothing on Thursdays. You can always find me there on a Thursday!!!
4- #4 If you are looking for vintage pieces, go to thrift stores in communities with older homes, If I want to find stuff from the 50s, I have the best luck finding them in stores near homes built in the 50s.
5- #5 Don’t get discouraged if you don’t find anything! The beauty of thrift stores is that they are constantly getting in “new” stock! If you don’t find anything one day, that doesn’t mean you won’t find something the next day!
Here are a few examples of wonderful vintage pinup styles I have found from thrift, each outfit for less than $20!
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A big thank you to Devyn Beth for guest posting on Pin Up Persuasion. Your fabulous thrifting tips are going to be so incredibly helpful to every pinup on a budget.