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Could one truly claim to have lived if they never experienced the thrill of finding a vintage treasure for a low low price? While sure, it may not be everyone's cup of tea, its expanding popularity fostered a new community of vintage enthusiasts who showcase their discoveries, and we are here for it!

From cute vintage dresses to fashionable accessories, we have collected a list of the most amazing vintage finds that are not only in perfect condition but also look way more fashionable than our regular clothes these days. Have you ever found something particularly memorable you have and treasure to this day? Share it in the comments!

To learn all the ins and outs of thrifting and vintage fashion, Bored Panda reached out to Brogan Simons, E-commerce Team Manager of Thrifted.com and Verena, founder and editor of the sustainability blog My Green Closet, who kindly replied with informative answers. Read the full interviews below.

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I Suffer From Depression And When I´m Down I Try To Cheer Myself Up By Wearing Nice Clothes. Today I Put On This Thrifted Outfit Just To Go And Get Some Milk. It Felt Really Good Wearing It So It Stayed On At Home As Well

I Suffer From Depression And When I´m Down I Try To Cheer Myself Up By Wearing Nice Clothes. Today I Put On This Thrifted Outfit Just To Go And Get Some Milk. It Felt Really Good Wearing It So It Stayed On At Home As Well

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8 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I do the same - in fact I’m doing it right now, in my 50’s style satsuma dress. Haven’t even left the house yet and it’s already helping. Now I just need my husband to dress like the gentlemen here, and we’re all set.

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Too Cold For This Dress But I Still Love It

Too Cold For This Dress But I Still Love It

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8 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

With a cardigan or leggings, she could rock that dress year round. She looks vibrant.

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I Got A Wedding Dress From 1924 From An Estate Sale And I’m In Love

I Got A Wedding Dress From 1924 From An Estate Sale And I’m In Love

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First and foremost, we wanted to know how Verena defines the concept of "slow fashion" and its significance in promoting sustainability. She shared: “Slow fashion is essentially the opposite of fast fashion. Slow fashion principles include priorities such as quality, longevity, mindful design, environmentally conscious supply chains, ethical manufacturing, and waste reduction. The root cause of many issues in the fashion industry is the over-production and disposability of garments, so slow fashion seeks to address this with an opposing mentality and business model.”

Learning that, we were curious to know how Thrifted differentiates itself from fast fashion retailers when it comes to promoting sustainable fashion practices. Brogan shared: “Our whole business has been and always will be pushing sustainable fashion, it’s not a trend that we have recently jumped on like a lot of fast fashion retailers have. Promoting circular fashion is at the core of our business and this can be seen throughout everything we do. In terms of specific initiatives, we recently partnered with Twig - the circular payment provider, to show customers at checkout the carbon offset they achieve from buying what is in their cart as secondhand rather than new. We also run an educational campaign on our website to give customers more background on the 'Why?', as well as a 7-point sustainable shopper checklist which you can see on all product pages.”

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Dior "Junon" Fall/Winter 1949/1950. One Of The Most Stunning Dresses Ever Created

Dior "Junon" Fall/Winter 1949/1950. One Of The Most Stunning Dresses Ever Created

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I Finally Got To Wear This Beautiful 1950s Ceil Chapman Dress – Aka The Crown Jewel Of My Collection!

I Finally Got To Wear This Beautiful 1950s Ceil Chapman Dress – Aka The Crown Jewel Of My Collection!

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The trend to thrift has definitely skyrocketed over the past years. Verena doesn’t hide the joy of that. She shared her views on thrifting and gave a few tips for fellow shoppers. “It is so exciting to see such a growing interest in thrifting! Thrifting offers an amazing budget-friendly and sustainable alternative to fast fashion. By extending the life of existing garments, we are not only saving textiles from the landfill but are also not supporting unsustainable and unethical brands and industry practices.

For successful thrift shopping I think it's important to give yourself time and have fun! Having a general idea of what you're looking for is helpful to stay focused, and if you don't find anything that's okay! Check another store or check back later, stock is always changing.

If going through all the racks at the thrift store is intimidating or overwhelming to you, then try more curated options such as consignment stores or online secondhand retailers.”

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#7

Taking Out My Dinner Jacket And Tuxedo Trousers For This Saturday. What Do You Think?

Taking Out My Dinner Jacket And Tuxedo Trousers For This Saturday. What Do You Think?

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As fashion trends change rapidly, it leads to a throwaway culture. We were wondering if Verena believes that people could adopt a mindset of conscious consumption and prioritize timeless, versatile pieces over short-lived trends.

“First I think it's important to recognize that rapid trends are just a fast fashion sales tactic - the fast fashion business model relies on high volume and constant turnover so it needs customers to be constantly changing our closets. The ever-faster micro trends are the perfect way to make people feel like they regularly need to get rid of out-of-trend clothes and buy whatever new styles are now 'in'. It's an extremely unsustainable cycle and rejecting this is a huge step to industry change. But that's not to say you can't still have fun experimenting with clothing and style! For many people shifting from a trend-driven wardrobe to developing their personal style is deeply rewarding. By focusing on your personal style vs following trends you can build a closet of clothing you truly love wearing and feel amazing in. When we love our clothing we want to keep it and wear it as long as possible. Understanding your personal style allows you to both express yourself and get creative regardless of trends, and also helps you better assess which trends and styles you actually enjoy and will want to hang on to,” explained Verena.

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She also added: “If readers are interested in learning more, I go into this topic and have activities around understanding your style and sustainable fashion priorities as well as changing shopping habits in my ebook Quit Fast Fashion.”

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My Outfit Today For High Tea!

My Outfit Today For High Tea!

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Photo On The Left Of My Great Grandma In Her “Roller Skating Outfit” That She Sewed And Embroidered Herself As A Teenager. Me, On The Right, Wearing Her Same Outfit 70+ Years Later

Photo On The Left Of My Great Grandma In Her “Roller Skating Outfit” That She Sewed And Embroidered Herself As A Teenager. Me, On The Right, Wearing Her Same Outfit 70+ Years Later

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However, changing trends are not always that bad, because recently we had a vintage trend comeback, making people become more interested in thrifted items. We asked Brogan to share examples of specific vintage fashion trends that have made a comeback in recent years. She wrote: “Y2K has definitely made the biggest comeback in recent years and is still going strong, everywhere you look, whether it’s on social media, when online shopping / in store shopping or even walking down the street, you will see clothing inspired by the early 2000s. It’s been great to see not only the style make a comeback but also the brands who were huge in this era; we have noticed a massive interest in brands such as Miss Sixty, True Religion, Ed Hardy, etc. We have also begun to see a comeback of '80s fashion, with a lot of brands releasing bold geometric designs, futuristic sunglasses and almost every clothing item in metallic silver / gold.”

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#13

Jacqueline Kennedy Wednesday Addams Core 📻💵🖤🎩👜🩸

Jacqueline Kennedy Wednesday Addams Core 📻💵🖤🎩👜🩸

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8 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Super cute! I suspect you lived a past life in that era you seem to love so much. :)

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Wore An Incredible Gown From The 60s Last Night

Wore An Incredible Gown From The 60s Last Night

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I Finally Learned How To Tie My Hair Scarf Like The Factory Women Of Wwii!

I Finally Learned How To Tie My Hair Scarf Like The Factory Women Of Wwii!

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I believe that the most important factor of vintage clothing is their quality, since back then they didn’t make clothes to be worn over season, they actually were made to last.

We were wondering how Thrifted ensures the quality and authenticity of its vintage clothing items, and what measures are taken to authenticate designer pieces. Brogan wrote: “We work closely with our partner factories to ensure all of our items are fully authenticated and of top quality at source. We then go through an authenticity process within our own warehouse where items go through 3-4 quality control checks by trained staff, so that we can be 100% confident all our designer items are authentic. It is part of what we do and part of our value as a brand. We are keen to build on this and are about to launch a new specific preloved designer brand that will only feature our best designer products - www.preloveddesigner.com. We have begun working with a separate handbag authentication company, so that our customers can confidently shop authentic bags in what is typically a very challenging category to guarantee authenticity, given the high quality of fakes.”

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She also added by sharing what strategies they employ to keep up with current fashion trends whilst staying true to its vintage aesthetic and values.

“We are very lucky to stock the amount of products we currently do as this really allows us to keep up with current fashion trends whilst sticking to our values. Whether it is a microtrend like 'Blokecore' or a huge trend like the Y2K resurgence we will always have stock on hand to cater to these trends; the only thing we really have to change is our marketing strategy. When we see a trend rising in popularity we will focus on this to promote our range of trend-relevant products - through relevant product selection in our marketing & styling. Additionally we are always working with our suppliers to update product selections so that our deliveries remain trend-relevant. It is something that is quite challenging as a large-scale vintage brand, to maintain that product trend relevance across changing fashions,” explained Brogan.

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The 50s Style Dress I Made For My Final Homecoming!

The 50s Style Dress I Made For My Final Homecoming!

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Everything Is Vintage Except The Boots. Still On The Hunt For A Yellow Purse But We Make Do With What We Have 💛

Everything Is Vintage Except The Boots. Still On The Hunt For A Yellow Purse But We Make Do With What We Have 💛

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However, it is worth mentioning that sustainable fashion goes beyond just thrifting and encompasses various aspects like ethical production, fair trade, and eco-friendly materials. We asked Verena to share how she navigates the complexities of sustainable fashion. She shared: “It can be very complex and that often feels discouraging - many people don't know what to do, where to start, or if their action will make any difference. I always recommend deciding what a top priority is for you and using that as a guide, so it might be reducing plastic, ensuring living wages, focusing on organic/non-toxic products, or another priority. It's impossible to check all the boxes and make a perfectly sustainable choice, so having an area of focus makes it easier to navigate sustainable fashion.

I also think it's important to emphasize that sustainable fashion goes beyond what we buy. Actions such as how we wash/care for our clothes are also very important as well as what we do with our clothing when it's no longer needed. Additionally, citizens can have a valuable impact by spreading awareness and encouraging better industry regulation.”

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My Outfit I Wore For A Vintage Weekender Recently!

My Outfit I Wore For A Vintage Weekender Recently!

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Social media and influencer culture can sometimes perpetuate a "buy more" mentality, contradicting the principles of sustainability. We asked Verena to share some tips for mindful consumption and how we can resist the pressure of constant consumerism in the fashion realm.

“Unfortunately, social media can often feel like one big advertisement. I am a big fan of doing a 'digital declutter' a few times a year - this involves critically looking at who you're following/what content you're consuming and if it's having an overall negative or positive impact on you. So unfollow people who make you feel bad or are regularly encouraging you to shop, and unsubscribe from brands who fill your inbox with sales and promotions. It's also very helpful to understand what our personal triggers are that make us want to shop, so it could be stress or an emotional trigger, sales or social media, other people/social triggers, etc. If we can connect the dots and identify shopping triggers then we can address them or channel them into other activities,” shared Verena.

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I Found This Amazing Vintage Dress For Only $6.99 At My Local Thrift Store!

I Found This Amazing Vintage Dress For Only $6.99 At My Local Thrift Store!

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Vintage Evening Dress, Spring/Summer 1944

Vintage Evening Dress, Spring/Summer 1944

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8 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is the kind of elegance we should be seeing on the red carpet instead of the cutout, see through so we can see your underwear and hope you’re wearing some, slit up to here and down to there, trashy Frederick’s of Hollywood stripper c**p we’ve been seeing in recent years.

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Claudia Cape And Dress - Vintage 1950s Inspired Outfit

Claudia Cape And Dress - Vintage 1950s Inspired Outfit

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And lastly, we were wondering how Thrifted engages with the local community to promote the importance of sustainable fashion and encourage customers to embrace vintage clothing as a stylish and eco-friendly choice. Brogan wrote: “Our most recent venture to engage with customers was our Piccadilly Pop Up store. We decided that a great way to reach out to customers, both old and new, was to put a store in a traditional high street environment where fast fashion is everywhere. It was a great way for customers to not only engage with Thrifted staff and learn about circular fashion but to also see the clothing in person and see that sustainable fashion can also be affordable and on-trend just like fast fashion is. In the past we have launched a F*ck Fast Fashion campaign which is still available to read on our website. We decided to sell t-shirts, tote bags and hoodies with our 'F*ck Fast Fashion, Shop Vintage' slogan across it and largely sold out. We also engaged the general public by putting stickers around London and getting people to spot them. To further educate people on circular fashion and that it’s not just about buying second-hand clothing only, we have produced a '7-Point Sustainable Shopper Checklist' which lists all ways you can be more environmentally friendly when buying clothing.”

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I Love This Community! Okay Here’s Another 70s Bell Bottom Jumpsuit. It’s Nice To Share Pieces Here With People Who Appreciate Vintage!

I Love This Community! Okay Here’s Another 70s Bell Bottom Jumpsuit. It’s Nice To Share Pieces Here With People Who Appreciate Vintage!

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A Vintage “Starry Night” Costume, 1926

A Vintage “Starry Night” Costume, 1926

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8 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They need to bring back 1920s fashion. It’s the best, IMO. Or maybe I’ve just been binge watching Downton Abbey. 😆

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Though My Girlfriend Wore A Modern Dress, I Took The Opportunity To Wear My 98 Year Old Tuxedo. I Very Much Enjoyed Finally Getting To Wear This And Getting To Do So On The Birthday Of Someone I Love So Dearly

Though My Girlfriend Wore A Modern Dress, I Took The Opportunity To Wear My 98 Year Old Tuxedo. I Very Much Enjoyed Finally Getting To Wear This And Getting To Do So On The Birthday Of Someone I Love So Dearly

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Bought These Gorgeous 70’s Frye Boots Off Depop Recently And They Frame My Tattoos So Nicely

Bought These Gorgeous 70’s Frye Boots Off Depop Recently And They Frame My Tattoos So Nicely

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8 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love this kind of shoes but it requires an amount of patience I definitely do not have

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The Vintage Gunne Sax Dress I Wore For My Wedding, It Was My Dream Dress 🥰

The Vintage Gunne Sax Dress I Wore For My Wedding, It Was My Dream Dress 🥰

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This Is My Vintage Beaded Wedding Gown! Circa 1960’s, I Bought It For $800 Three Years Ago After Spotting It In A Thrift Shop Window. It’s Made Entirely Of Crystals, Weighs About 15lbs & I Was Told It Belonged To A “Canadian Celebrity”. Very Stoked To Finally Marry My Person In It This Fall ❤️

This Is My Vintage Beaded Wedding Gown! Circa 1960’s, I Bought It For $800 Three Years Ago After Spotting It In A Thrift Shop Window. It’s Made Entirely Of Crystals, Weighs About 15lbs & I Was Told It Belonged To A “Canadian Celebrity”. Very Stoked To Finally Marry My Person In It This Fall ❤️

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Blue Vintage Dress With Pearl Button Accent!

Blue Vintage Dress With Pearl Button Accent!

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Used A Vintage Gunne Sax For My Halloween Look This Year

Used A Vintage Gunne Sax For My Halloween Look This Year

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8 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

that actually looks amazing and make the rest of Halloween costumes super basic

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My Marilyn Monroe Inspired Look For Junior Prom!

My Marilyn Monroe Inspired Look For Junior Prom!

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My 1920’s Fit To Go To A Broadway Show

My 1920’s Fit To Go To A Broadway Show

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Dressing Appropriately For The Season

Dressing Appropriately For The Season

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Found This Beautiful Blue Vintage Wedding Dress At A Local Thrift Shop

Found This Beautiful Blue Vintage Wedding Dress At A Local Thrift Shop

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My Coworker Told Me That I Remind Her Of An Old Lady But In A Good Way

My Coworker Told Me That I Remind Her Of An Old Lady But In A Good Way

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Vintage 70s Satin Disco Bell Bottom Set

Vintage 70s Satin Disco Bell Bottom Set

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I Bought This Fabulous 60s/70s Dress And Had A Fun Photoshoot With My Friend!

I Bought This Fabulous 60s/70s Dress And Had A Fun Photoshoot With My Friend!

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8 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You need a floor length slip with that to be authentic. Back then, they didn’t do the long/short/transparent thing.

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#43

I Made These Flares With 1976 Laura Ashley Fabric And Then Made A Matching Scarf!

I Made These Flares With 1976 Laura Ashley Fabric And Then Made A Matching Scarf!

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Vintage Find At The Thrift Store :) 70's I Think????

Vintage Find At The Thrift Store :) 70's I Think????

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