This post was sponsored by Smockwalker Vintage and I received an item for review.
As much as I complain about Instagram (and it is regularly), there’s no doubt that it can initiate some fruitful and gratifying interactions. That’s definitely true when it comes to my budding email friendship with Justina, proprietor of online vintage shop Smockwalker Vintage.
If you’ve been here awhile, you know that I used to sell vintage clothing, so I’m always interested in talking shop with other secondhand dealers. Justina and I bonded over the wonky and weird things we found/find when searching through piles of used goods to curate our vintage shops. We also talked a bit about the anxiety welling up in us over the current political environment. These sorts of instant connections are things I shouldn’t take for granted. They’re worth reflecting back on whenever I feel isolated or overwhelmed.
Smockwalker Vintage specializes in the type of vintage I’m most attracted to: the wearable kind. Yes, a sequined flapper dress is beautiful and a mod mini in scratchy polyester pulls out all the stops when it comes to nostalgia, but neither is practical for most people’s lifestyles. Not to mention that the price on collectible vintage can be prohibitively expensive.
Smockwalker is for women who love vintage, but not just for them. The wearability (and extremely reasonable prices) of the selection means it’s also for women who like the idea of purchasing through a more sustainable avenue. Plus, vintage clothing is almost always made of better quality materials than items currently offered at standard retail stores, so it’ll last and last.
Brief tangent: I am absolutely fed up with the appalling quality of most new items offered at department stores and boutiques. I see them every day when they come into the thrift shop where I work. The seams are weak; the fabric is doomed to fade, pill, or stretch out; and the cuts are weird and unflattering. This isn’t just some passive result of the influence of fast fashion, this is blatantly rude to customers. We deserve to be able to purchase things that will hold up and that we can feel good in. Even if you don’t think that supply chain ethics matters, you should care that companies are trying to pull one over on you when it comes to quality.
Justina sent me a charming romper to review and I’m in love with it. That sounds ridiculous, but I have a soft spot for sort of goofy late 80s/early 90s patterns and cuts. This one is easy to wear and looks an awful lot like a skirt but with the ease of a pair of shorts.
If you’re intimidated by secondhand shopping, curated vintage shops like Smockwalker Vintage are a good place to start. Secondhand shopping is the most eco-friendly – and in my opinion, most fun – choice, so it’s worth giving it a try.