I've being buying from vintage and charity shops for several years but I've had some bad experiences and I would love to hear about yours. Shopping should be a nice experience but more often than not it's frustrating for several reasons...
- Lack of lightning.
- Bad display.
Packed rails annoy me but I generally stick with them in the hope of finding something amazing, a good tip is the simply remove a load at once and stick them elsewhere until you've finished. Disorganized rails really bother me though, why are boots and shirts hung together?
- Dust bunnies and other nasties.
My worst experience in this category is seeing a mouldy top on a rail, I thought I could smell it but when I saw it it disgusted me. What if someone was allergic to mould spores or asthmatic? I will leave a shop straight away if I spot dust, it immediately makes me very wheezy and I don't want to risk an asthma attack.
I expect damages from vintage shops and specially from charity shops, but if it's impossible to fix why sell it? A bust zipper or a small stain I could cover up I can deal with, but massive stains across the front or the back of the dress is missing what's the point? Not many people are willing to fix things at home, specially if they're new to secondhand. It'll remain hanging on the over crammed rails forever until it finally gets thrown in the bin, I think it should be put it in the scrap bin straight away. At least lower the price so people can buy it for spare buttons.
- The discoveries.