If you love the thrill of scrounging around thrift stores, the fulfillment of finding that perfect frock after rail rifling for hours or the sweet success of bagging that blouse that looks like it hopped off The Sartorialist...well then you might not have tried thrifting and vintage shopping online. The musty smell of charity shops might be more welcoming than sipping tea in front of your computer, but online scouting is often a more defined and guaranteed way of finding that beautiful item without spending hours at your local SPCA shop. Of course you can't replace one with the other, but my advice is a combination of both. Regardless of whether you shop on a budget or not, the art of vintage and thrifting allow for a well rounded and unique wardrobe.
I found Guard the Vintage via Embrace Style. I spotted a coral coloured pencil skirt that I had to have.
Who is behind the shop?
Yusrah is a student and despite being young she seems to have a natural knack for the business of vintage. Her finds range from granny's favourites right through to leather pants.
The skirt that I ordered didn't fit me, but Yusrah was really great about it and offered an exchange. She was friendly and lovely and I have now met her as she travels to Durban for I heart Market.
Packaging & Postage:
The packaging was neat and pretty, with some extra touches like ribbon and a note. It took about a week and a half to arrive in Durban.
Where can I find Guard the Vintage?Blog
If you are concerned about a garment fitting you then just double check the measurements with the shop owner. Alternatively find out what the exchange policy is.
I have two more online vintage and thrift stores to review...more of that later in the week. Let me know if you find this post useful and I will aim to share more 'tried and tested' scribbles and facts from my personal experiences.