Finding that perfect vintage piece is a special sensation.

Whether it be the shearling jacket of your dreams to keep you warm all winter or that silk shirt in your favourite colour - the feeling is unbeatable. 

The hunt is half the fun when it comes to vintage shopping, we at Beyond Retro will be the first to admit that, but that doesn’t mean that there’s nothing special about receiving a vintage gift.

Vintage items are 100% unique, meaning they are 100% you. This feeling can be passed on when vintage items are gifted, still 100% unique, just 100% theirs

Vintage shopping promises a truly personal gift, and it’s also a sustainable solution to the crisis of stuff taking over our planet. 

Vintage shopping need not be intimidating, and we’re here to show you how to shop for your loved ones this Christmas.

1. Drop All Expectations

When vintage shopping, one has to have an open mind.

If you enter a vintage store expectant to find an item of great specifications, you might leave disappointed (and empty-handed).

If you enter a vintage store expectant to find a mid-length floral print dress in a very specific shade of cobalt blue, like the one your best friend's sister Lucy has ... I hate to break to you, but it probably isn't going to happen.

If, however, you enter a vintage store expectant to find nothing, you will find everything! 

Vintage shopping is a lot like Pandora's box, you never know what you might find, but it always promises to deliver something spectacular

2. Know Your (And Your Loved Ones) Size

Our stores can be intimidating if you're an amateur to vintage shopping, with rows and rows of coloured blouses and rooms that seem to stretch on, and on, and on, and on!

Knowing the size of who it is you're shopping for is always helpful because it simply narrows down potentials. Rather than having hundreds and thousands of items to look through, you now only have .... a couple of thousand!

3. Understand Their Taste

We created a guide for this exact tip earlier on in the month, to help you, well-prepared shoppers. 

The perfect gift for everyone, from ye mam to your weird auntie Sally, you can find it at Beyond Retro

4. Returns Are A Part Of The Gifting Ritual

Returns are something of a ritual, for the festive season.

They are unavoidable, and luckily, Beyond Retro has made the process as smooth as possible. When at the till point, ask our lovely members of staff for a gift receipt - this will allow your loved one to bring back the item to any of our Beyond Reto stores, and exchange it for store credit or another item. 

5. Stocking Fillers

At Beyond Retro, we specialise in vintage product, the clues in the name.

That's not to say, however, that we don't offer some new products - which act as the perfect stocking filler - for both him and her (not that we subscribe to the gender binary at Beyond Retro, anyway).

We stock a curated selection of new products - from artisan goods to books and more - there's something for everyone! 

We don't mean to alarm you, but Christmas is just around the corner. Don't worry, we've got your back. Read our Christmas Gift Guide and our Vintage Guide to Party Season, also don't forget to follow us on Pinterest for lots of vintage inspiration

November 20, 2019 — Chardonnay West