I remember as a kid being dreadfully ashamed that my mother bought second-hand clothes. She loved nothing better than a good scramble through other peoples discarded goods and would pounce gleefully on a “perfectly good skirt” that someone, “obviously well-off” had chucked, and would bring it home triumphantly. When I became a hard-up student I began to appreciate her eye for a bargain, and so my love affair with everything second-hand began.
Time passes and so do trends. Secondhand is now referred to as ‘Retro’ or ‘Vintage’. We no longer slink into secondhand shops under the cover of darkness, and celebrities proudly proclaim that the beaded Dior dress they are wearing is indeed – Vintage.
The Library of course, being at the forefront of all new trends, has a multitude of books on all things vintage, retro and recycled.
- Recycle!: make your own eco friendly and creative designs
- Retro Luau: Planning the perfect Polynesian party
- Love Vintage: a passion for collecting fashion
- Vintage shoes
Our webpages also have some really useful guides on this subject.