As any Lucky lady (or Macklemore!) can tell you, finding a stunning steal at a vintage or thrift store is the ultimate retail thrill—but spending hours digging through racks and boxes of pre-owned goods, well, usually isn’t. Part of what makes vintage shopping intimidating for many women is that it requires plenty of time, effort and a sharp eye—and more importantly, you need to know what you’re looking for.
It’s easy to get distracted (not to mention frustrated) during a vintage or thrifting outing—which is precisely why I put together a quick and easy list of five things you should always be on the lookout for at any secondhand store. Comprised of things that don’t easily date and that hold up well over years of use, they’re pieces you shouldn’t be afraid to purchase in a pre-owned state. And to take even more of the guesswork out of your next vintage expedition, I also included five things you should never—with very few exceptions—buy used. Click through to make vintage shopping a thousand times easier!