I do love a good vintage dress. I have a few, stashed away, with my pre-baby wardrobe. But I am finding that they are getting increasingly hard to find, even in our country area. Only five years ago there seemed to be so much more around, but sadly I think that those days are almost over. I know for a fact of an arrangement in one of our local op shops, which explains why I have never seen a single vintage frock there. Ever. The other one charges vintage shop prices in a bid to attract the out of town shopper.
Only the other day, I was chatting with one of the managers who told me that people from out of town were buying woolen blankets at ten at a time. Ten. On one occasion I saw an almost clear out of all types of items, with a city vintage shop buyer buying up big. I also witnessed her try to make a behind-the-scenes deal with the manager.
Fortunately there still seem to be some good kitchen ware buys. Still the occasional fabric, sheeting and blankets. But I have always believed it good karma to only buy what you need, and leave what you don't for someone else who will love it. Or need it. As is the case with the woolen blankets.
But I do wonder for how much longer will the bargains still be there? Will all vintage items not make it to the shelves? As one big store has now gone online and with the rise of the op shop "boutique" stocking only the very best items, with prices accordingly, is the bargain vintage buy destined to become a thing of the past?
Kid's vintage still makes the occasional appearance, though even it is getting more difficult to find these days. I will leave you with a few pics from Julia's wardrobe.
I know that most of you regularly op shop. Are you too experiencing a bit of a "drought" in your locals?