Monday, January 27, 2014

Kids These Days

For the most part, I don't really get curated Etsy shops. I'm like, "Okay, yeah, those clothes are cute, but my local thrift store offers equivalent items at a fraction of the price." I guess they're for people who don't have time to do the browsing in person? I dunno. Online retailers don't work for me in general, because I have to try stuff on.

HOWEVER, sometimes a special shop catches my eye, like Kamomeya did. Today I'm featuring New Old Fashion Vintage. I followed their Pinterest board because of a giveaway on Marlen's blog, and quickly found myself enchanted by the collection. Unfortunately, most items are out of my price range, even when on sale. In case that's not true of you, dear reader, heads up that the whole shop is 20% off until the 31st! If you like something you see, now would be the time to get it.

Anyway, I'm really impressed with New Old Fashion Vintage for getting me excited about categories that I normally find dull, like coats.

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  1. I feel the same way about a lot of clothing stores on Etsy. I always thought of Etsy as a place to buy like actual handmade stuff so seeing clothes on it still throws me off. That being said, that pleated skirt is ADORABLE! I love vintage pleats. (That sounded weird but there is just something so much better about vintage pleated skirts.)

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    1. I guess my reaction has been similar. I'm like, "What is this, eBay?" But I do prefer Etsy's interface to eBay's, so. . . yeah. The skirt really is super cute!

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  2. They're basically taking the hunt out of thrifting. And cleaning the stuff. And sometimes altering it. It's really convenient if you think about it - not having to go through all the 90% crap to find the gems. I enjoy hunting and getting a bargain though!

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    1. I guess I actually like that part of thrifting, so I don't see the appeal, personally. But when I really like a curator's taste, it makes more sense to me!

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  3. I am totally in love with that coat in the first picture---one of the prettiest I have EVER seen!

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    1. I know, right? It really is a princess coat.

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  4. The peach coat is so cute :D


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  5. Aw I'm addicted to Etsy! I'm addicted to thrifting too haha, but I always love seeing what other people find. That little wrap skirt and plaid coat are a dream! So dangerous...I have about 20 things in my cart right now that I want to purchase so badly.

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    1. Haha, stay strong, Marisa! I believe in you!

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  6. I need that plaid coat in my life! Love it! I hear you about convenience and practicality versus pricing. It's always difficult for me to price my Etsy items. A lot of different factors go into it, such as the cost of soursing and purchasing, quality, rarity, age and popularity. I try to be as fair as I can while at the same time trying to avoid taking a loss. Etsy is certainly a niche market and I think the target demographic includes mainly vintage collectors, upper middle class folks and the very wealthy. The prices are generally quite high, but the market seems to bear it. For me personally, I just love the thrill of finding a vintage piece that no one else has. It's that exclusivity that speaks to me. I've gotten some wonderful items from Etsy, but you're right. The first thing I tend to ask myself is: can I get something similar at my local vintage shop. That's usually the threshold inquiry. :P

    - Anna

    www.melodicthriftychic.com

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    1. *sourcing. God! What is the point of neurotically reading and re-reading my posts if this still happens? Haha.

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    2. I'm glad the system works out for you! I guess it all depends on how much you're willing to spend and what amount of risk you'll take. I don't think the high prices are unfair or anything like that--they're just not competitive with my local options. (And I do the same thing with obsessively checking for typos, haha)

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  7. I'm going to get ranty for a moment so please bear with me... My local thrift stores round up anything that's remotely vintagy, interesting, or spechul and sends it off to a central warehouse to be sorted, cleaned and sold at upscale big city boutiques. I live in a thrift desert. There is no love here. Just ugly used up sneakers and stretched out 1980s sweaters. I hate this fking place sometimes.

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  8. Oh. And lovely vintage fashions. I particularly like the 1950's dress.

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    1. Me too! Again, I am so sorry about your thrift situation. That really stinks.

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