I’m so excited to share this interview on here. Last month I was asked by Urban Outfitters if I’d like my flat to be featured on their blog. Immediately saying yes, looking around at the chaos surrounding me I started to panic, being the most disorganised messiest person I usually am. So I embarked on the biggest clean and tidy up of my flat I’ve ever had, and it felt really good. Honestly, I now need to pressure of people coming round every week to force me into tidying I swear.
One of the questions I usually get asked about my flat is: ‘how do you keep your flat clean?’. Well, I now the answer… HOOVER EVERYTHING. I’ve posted the UO interview Q and A below, if you’d like to have a read. They got a few little facts wrong, obviously I’m a vintage buyer, not designer, and everyone who knows me, knows I have a wardrobe full of flares/bells/whatever you like to call them, I love them. But anyway, hope you like it. You can also find the full article on the UO blog here.
With her walls lined with peculiar maps, elephant ornaments and around a thousand vintage trinkets, Sara quickly admits, “If I see something I love, I have to have it. Some might say it’s slightly on the verge of hoarding”. We sat down for a cuppa to find out
UO: How do you describe your home to someone who has never seen it before?
SARA: I guess I’d say my home is a reflection of my personality; it’s an unusual, eclectic treasure chest, with a lot of patterns and textures going on. I wanted my home to have a laid-back bohemian vibe and for it to look like it had a story to tell, as if the walls could talk. It’s very much a creative work in progress.
UO: Where do you go to find all this amazing stuff?
SARA: Anywhere and everywhere, I’m always treasure hunting. Car boot sales, vintage shops, antique and flea markets- I try and hunt at least once a week to see if there’s anything amazing.
could invite anyone to your home for afternoon tea, past or present, who would
my number one choice. It could happen, you never know!
would your dream house look like?
plants, books and cats – preferably in Topanga Canyon.
Being a vintage buyer and a vintage store owner, this is always something I get asked a lot, so I’ve listed my tips and tricks below (you can also find it on Company here) so I hope this little guide helps when you go treasure hunting! For me, there’s nothing better than the thrill of discovering a hidden gem. And don’t forgot, vintage pieces are one of a kind, so if you do love it, get it or you’ll regret it.
suitable clothing when vintage shopping
amount of times I’ve got a kimono fringe or something similar caught when
rummaging for gems (I never learn), so make sure to wear a comfortable, simple
basic outfit when going shopping that you can take off or are able to try
things on quickly over. Minimal to no jewellery and basic to no makeup too if you’re really getting into the zone.
check a vintage piece thoroughly
lot of vintage isn’t in the greatest condition. For example, sewing a missing button
back on is one thing, but replacing a zip or a million moth holes is another. If there are any noticeable tears etc that you spot and they haven’t been written on ‘sold as seen’, don’t be afraid to ask for a discount.
Also another key thing is to learn your vintage labels before you go and make sure you check them to be sure you’re buying a true vintage product. For example, ‘St Michael’ is actually just old M&S, which I personally wouldn’t class as true vintage but I am forever seeing listed as just that on eBay.
important one. Take a sniff of the armpits- as vintage fabrics, like polyester,
the smell of a previous owner can linger, and so can stains. The standard musty
vintage smell is an easy one to wash out, but anything else usually isn’t! If you are desperate to buy it and it doesn’t smell too great in the armpit area, this incredible baking soda trick (second down on this article) usually works like dream.
try things on
hanger, it might not on, and vice versa, you don’t know until you try it on.
Get out of your comfort zone when it comes to trying on different styles and
you might find something you never thought would suit you. Also remember that
vintage will fit a lot differently to today’s clothing, so ignore the size
labels and try it on for yourself to make sure. It’s so much fun to take your best friend and have a trying on session of vintage clothing you wouldn’t usually go for too!
piece you love and can’t let go of but there’s something not quite right about
it, think to yourself: if you buy it, can you customize it to suit you? If
you’ve fallen in love with a dress but it’s too long, shorten it! Take out
shoulder pads of 80s blouses, cut the sleeves off a jacket to turn into a
waistcoat, altering an amazing printed dress into a kimono or a two-piece,
having a vision to rework vintage can bring old pieces a new lease of life.
outside the box
You’ll never know where you might find incredible pieces. Get hunting in your
mum or nanas or even your dads wardrobes, charity shops, and car boots are
always a great one too.
All images are from Waiste Vintage, the above image is my wardrobe last year until I decluttered. I was going to originally have all the images of Waiste pieces I’ve found and loved but there are far too many, so make sure you have a look on the instagram where vintage treasures are posted daily. If you ever have any questions about vintage or me or anything like that, feel free to ask me on the waiste tumblr or leave them below and I’ll do my best to answer them!