A girl’s guide into vintage shopping

A while back, probably a summer back I received a comment on my Instagram by a lovely follower regretting not buy my Isabel Marant dress for H&M back in 2013. Little did she know I bought mine in 2015, brand new with tags. I am an avid buyer of pre-loved items, something about giving life to an unwanted item and improve sustainability in fashion sounds quite poetic to me. I have a number of websites where I always look for vintage and second-hand garments I’d love to share with you today. Maybe you’ll find that one item you’ve regretted not buying in the shop or simply you could not afford it at the time.

  1. I’ve been a member of Ebay since 2013 I believe and I’ve found countless jewels in there, many completely unworn items ready to be loved. I very much prefer to shop at Ebay.co.uk as most of the brands I wear are curated in the UK, refer to this post (here).
  2. Etsy, while most people know the platform for its unique handmade creations, Etsy does offer a large selection of second-hand articles for your home, soul, and body. Etsy is full of jewels honestly, I often love visiting the platform as an entertainment and inspiration.
  3. If you are passionate about luxury clothing but reasonable enough to buy it for half its price then VestiaireCollective is curated for you. The platform takes pride in the large collection of luxury bags and all what your soul desires. The items are firstly shipped to their checking points to be proved in originality and pre-described condition. If passed the tests then it is posted to its final destination. Do not let me start on their vintage collection, goodness there are vintage Chanel tweed suits in there older than me, costing more than my monthly salary!
  4. Kleiderkreisel is another favorite website of mine available here in Germany and Austria. The idea behind stands for the girls who actually love exchanging their clothing. The most stylish German girls sell their clothing in there from Chanel, Chloe to H&M for a fraction of the original price.

I’d love to hear any additional sources for second-hand shopping in the comments below. Let me know what was the last pre-loved item you took with you home as well.

I am wearing Isabel Marant dress for H&M sold out, last seen (here) and (here)

Ted Baker bag sold out, similar (here)

Asos pumps (here)


  1. Jo
    April 21, 2017 / 7:31 am

    I must confess to not using eBay to buy clothes; only to get books unavailable in local bookshops. Etsy is a new name to me and will have to check it out. What I do need to find is a tapestry for my bedroom wall. The makeover is underway with walls painted and lovely curtains hung. Like you, I am still loving that floral print dress. Sooo pretty. Ideal for your next picnic.
    Love, Jo x

    • tbymallano
      April 21, 2017 / 7:33 am

      Try Etsy Jo, there are some extremely talented people in there creating unique items. May I ask what color did your pain the walls? How about your garden? Hope you are having better weather in the UK. It has been freezing cold the past days here in Germany. I am back to wearing hat and leather gloves!

      • Jo
        April 21, 2017 / 9:58 am

        Three walls are an off white with a hint of creamy yellow to go with the curtains from Laura Ashley. The pattern is Pussy Willow grey and white. The third wall has off white fitted wardrobes. Parts of my garden look pretty. White cherry blossom and pink Apple blossom. Still a bit chilly though. x

  2. April 21, 2017 / 8:08 am

    Honestly speaking, I never heard of this vintage shopping before. Like the idea. Don’t know whether these are available here in India. Thanks for sharing.

    • tbymallano
      April 21, 2017 / 8:15 am

      These websites ship worldwide my darling:)

  3. April 21, 2017 / 8:32 am

    Love this post! Such a coincidence, I went vintage shopping last weekend and have planned to write a blog about Vintage as well ๐Ÿ™‚ I like the idea of preloved items.

    • tbymallano
      April 21, 2017 / 8:33 am

      Oh I’m looking forward to the post! Please send me a reminder, I don’t want to miss it:)

  4. April 21, 2017 / 10:42 am

    Cool post! I also use ebay a lot. I love it, cos wherever you are located it remains the best source of cheap and good quality clothes ๐Ÿ™‚

    • tbymallano
      April 24, 2017 / 9:18 am

      I love ebay as well, I mean it has its risks but it’s the most well known and popular.

    • tbymallano
      April 24, 2017 / 9:19 am

      Happy you enjoyed my post darling!

  5. April 21, 2017 / 3:49 pm

    You give really good tips! Glad you found me! I’ve followed your blog back ๐Ÿ™‚

    • tbymallano
      April 24, 2017 / 8:55 am

      Happy you’ve found the post useful!

  6. April 21, 2017 / 4:18 pm

    Wow, really very nice pictures.
    And perfect locations matching the dress.
    I love your bag.
    Hav a nice weekend

    • tbymallano
      April 24, 2017 / 8:55 am

      Thanks so much Sassi! I am so happy you’ve enjoyed my post:)

    • tbymallano
      April 24, 2017 / 8:56 am

      Thanks so much Terry! Have a great week:)

  7. April 22, 2017 / 2:39 am

    Such a beautiful dress, love the back and the pretty detailing! The bag with the ribbon adds a naive vibe to it that I love! Big kisses sweetie ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—

    • tbymallano
      April 24, 2017 / 9:13 am

      It’s not for everyone I must admit! I personally love history and perhaps that explains my love for used items which survived the passage of time.

    • tbymallano
      April 24, 2017 / 9:17 am

      Have a look, you’ll be surprised:)

    • tbymallano
      April 24, 2017 / 9:20 am

      Thanks so much!

  8. April 23, 2017 / 2:15 pm

    Thanks for sharing. I love how you paired this dress and handbag together. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • tbymallano
      April 24, 2017 / 9:20 am

      Happy you enjoyed the post my darling!

  9. April 23, 2017 / 8:29 pm

    I loved reading through those tips dear! Actually, I am always a bit afraid of online vintage shopping – but I should definitely give it a try now ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a wonderful week <3
    xx, Carmen – http://www.carmitive.com

    • tbymallano
      April 24, 2017 / 9:21 am

      Have a wonderful week too my darling Carmen!
      Thanks for passing by!

      • April 26, 2017 / 7:56 am

        Thank you dear, have a great week too <3

    • tbymallano
      April 24, 2017 / 9:22 am

      Thanks for your kind comment!

    • tbymallano
      April 24, 2017 / 9:22 am

      Mine as well! Thanks for passing by!

  10. April 24, 2017 / 12:42 pm

    You look gorgeous!! I love everything about this outfit–the dress, the bag, your hair… And the background is amazing ๐Ÿ™‚

    Miles of smiles,


  11. April 24, 2017 / 1:24 pm

    Amazing look, love the dress!

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