When I’m traveling someplace foreign, I usually try to find the shops that locals go to; it takes a little bit of searching and asking locals, but it is totally worth finding something unique and genuinely from another era. When purchasing vintage goods from a vendor, I like to make sure the local stores have a certificate or are a more reputable source. Vintage stores are now a dime a dozen, and many boutiques are trying to make their way into the vintage arena. SPOT86’s #Vault86 has a great vintage collection that would excite any 70s/80s curator.
Finding your own gently-used looks from another era is difficult, and unless you have a specific style, taste and budget, one could get caught up in the vintage finds. I always like mixing it up a bit when I wear vintage, and it sometimes allows me to go outside my comfort zone. Take for example my YSL scarf I found at Brooklyn Flea; I’ve worn it as a traditional scarf, but it also inspired me to wear as a top!