Let's talk about the cons:
No 1: Questionable pre-ownership
|basketcase? Nope, just in a suitcase|
(or, in Dutch..."toch maar de koffer ingedoken")
part 2: vintage-itchiness...
I'm often quick in vintage stores: I simply browse on type (dress/skirt/etc), then colour, and then I get my hands out and get touchy. I am no expert at all on fabrics but I wonder if the 1960s had a whole spectrum of fabrics that were really experimental, because....man...they itch!
No 3: One of the frequent complaints about vintage shopping is vintage-pong...
|"Can something be done about scent of this vintage ring"|
Really, the years that have seeped into the clothes: or just the moths and the mildew.
Whatever it is: you smell it, your friends do, and the people about an arm-lenght close to you too. It's brilliant when you are really beautiful and desirable and people are too touchy-close to you, however, most of us do not have this luxury and want to be attractive to people. Good scent works in this field!
The thing is to check if the scent can be removed, or that you have a perminent cold, I'd prefer the first. So check the fabric or ask the salesperson if you can un-pong it.
So, let's go to no 4: Faux vintage
|The I♥Vintage shop in Amsterdam: all types of vintage/novintage/deadstock|
Novintage is basically new, only with a vintagy twist to it. Deadstock is like me: kinda old but not really used... Deadstock can be great, unless there has been a whole factory filled with similar items and you will not be the original you wanted to be. However, it's not too likely that it will be with the pong as they are often boxed and never opened. As for novintage, similar. It's still not a unique piece, however, there's no vintage-pong either.
I summed up some cons but vintage isn't just popular without a reason. It is fun with a bit of free time and creativity, and you can look like an original without spending too much cash and your peers will love to know how nifty you were for scoring that ultimate piece they cannot have.
In Holland, I think we have good vintage that isn't as expensive as the UK, where the vintage hype has had its effect on the price. I have some options listed here. Also, a good one is the mondaymorning market in Amsterdam at Noordermarkt: however, be there early because the models and hipsters are really early too (I love battling models: they are often thinner than I so I have more strength when we grab an item simultaniously. But sometimes they are hungry so they fight harder because they cannot eat and need some kind of fix: it depends. As for the hipsters: they're often smaller than me but I kinda respect them if they get it earlier)
Also, look in the richer areas of your country/neighbourhood, where the rich get rid of their beauties much earlier and they're priced much cheaper in that area.