It’s no secret: I love vintage scarves. (As evidenced here, here, and here.) Or scarves in general. It’s always been a go-to accessory for me.But how do I have all of these? I’m glad you asked! Lots of looking, patience, and practice.
I have some tips for finding the perfect vintage scarf. Or at least perfect to you. But it helps to know what to look for and what to walk past. I’ve been doing this for years, so I have come to know my way around the vintage store scarf bin. Ready to begin your own collection of vintage scarves? Then let’s get started!
- Do Some Digging. Most stores will have their scarves tossed together in a big bin. It’ll take some rummaging around to find a mint condition silk scarf. But it’s totally worth it because you will get such a great deal! When I am sifting through scarves, I tend to look for fun, bright colors or prints that I’ve never seen before. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve found a perfectly nautical, navy scarf but have to put it back because I already have two…or three…
- Know your fabric. When I buy vintage scarves, I always try to go for silk. That’s really the whole reason I buy them. Better fabric at a better price! Plus, vintage silk is made better than most silks are today, so you’re getting a bargain! Silk, especially vintage silk, will be light (almost see-though at times), thin and soft. Most of them will also have a 100% silk tag, but if you don’t see one, just test the fabric like I mentioned. If you don’t think it is, but the print is beautiful and it’s soft, go for it!
- Figure how much to pay. I have been lucky enough to not pay much for my vintage scarves. I mean like $1. The vintage store in my hometown had a great $1-5 dollar bin where most of my scarves came from. Now I’ve seen them priced anywhere from $1-20, it just depends on where you look. If you go to a high-end vintage store, you will see beautiful scarves. However, they know what the scarves are worth (and can charge more) so they do. My suggestion? Go to more off the beat and path stores. You can find a bin tucked away in a corner and find a great scarf for a great deal.
- You’ll pay more for designer. I was in a vintage shop in Phoenix this year, and I found a vintage Chanel scarf! I didn’t buy it because it was $100, but come on! $100 for a vintage Chanel scarf?! What a good deal! So yeah, you’ll pay more, but it won’t be as much as what you’d pay for a Chanel scarf in their store.
- Find fun prints and have fun! When rummaging through the scarf bin, I always look for colors and prints that I haven’t seen before, or would look great in my closet. That’s half the fun! So get out there enjoy the hunt, knowing that your new favorite scarf could be just around the corner.