Thrifting Disney ~ Finding Vintage Disney Treasures

Are you one of those people who likes to go to thrift stores or yard sales, to hunt for hidden treasures with a Disney twist? If so, this article from the Disney Style blog might interest you! It’s great info on finding vintage Disney goodies! Check it out below!

For some Disney Style fans, including myself, the hunt for vintage Disney fashion is one of our biggest thrills. There’s something so satisfying about finding a Mickey tee from the ’80s or a hat from Mickey’s Toontown’s opening day! Plus, vintage fashion is sustainable, and who can say no to cool and good for the environment?

Like so many Disney Style fans, I am an avid hunter for vintage Disney fashion. I collect vintage tees, hats, jackets—you name it—all at least 20 years old and all Disney originals. But finding really cool, authentic vintage Disney style is not easy and can become very overwhelming. The key is just knowing what to look for and how to look for it! After years of triumphs and tribulations (and miles of steps along stalls), I’ve learned a few tips and tricks to hunting for the best of vintage Disney fashion:

Flea markets are some of my favorite places to find vintage Disney style, but you have to know what to look for.

Hunt for the basics. Basic Disney tops haven’t varied too much over the last 20+ years. On a rack of tops, look for crewneck sweatshirts in heather grey, white, and washed black, and check if they’ve got that smiling classic Mickey at the front.
For t-shirts, white, grey, and pastel colors are worth pulling out to look for Disney character graphics on the front.
White ringer tees, mustard yellow sweatshirts, and navy sweatshirts tend to be good colors to pull out to look for Disneyland and Walt Disney World vintage logo tops.
Sift through tables of jewelry to find fun Disney watches and other jewelry.

Disney hats are fun finds at the flea market. Keep an eye out for Mickey patterns or Park logos. My favorite find? An Enchanted Tiki Room hat from the ’90s.

The internet has graced us with vintage marketplaces flourishing with Disney style, but to find licensed Disney originals, stick to our tips!

Get inspired! From old Disney Store catalogues, to your own photos as a kid, get inspiration for what to search for online! For example, here’s a Meeko watch we wouldn’t have known to search for had we not seen it in this 1994 Disney Store catalogue! NEED.

If you search the words “vintage Disney shirt,” you’re going to get a lot of results. Try being more specific with what you might want with searches like “vintage Aristocats shirt” or “101 Dalmatians sweater.”
Make a day to garage sale hop with girlfriends! It should be a fun thing to do together, not a daunting hunt through other people’s stuff. After all, “one man’s junk is another man’s treasure!”

Do a drive-by to see what kind of items are being sold at the garage sale. If you see a rack of vintage clothes, it’s probably a good idea to stop. Just a pile of electronics? On to the next!
Luckily for us, Disney character faces really stand out. Look for our beloved Disney characters and then look at what the item is, rather than looking for an item and noticing that it’s Disney. That’s how I scored this Minnie suitcase for $20!

Thrift stores can be very overwhelming, so go section by section. Don’t forget to shuffle through knick-knacks to find Disney buttons and pins! The more random, the better!

One of my favorite things to do when I travel is visit local vintage and thrift stores. What might be popular in one place may be sitting on racks in another.

Hopefully these tips will steer you towards a less overwhelming experience of shopping vintage Disney fashion!

A big thank you to Ilana at the Disney Style Blog for the tips and photos!

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Michele Atwood is the Owner/Editor of The Main Street Mouse and it’s subsidiaries and author of the books “Moving to Main Street U.S.A.” “How Many Sleeps Till Disney?” and “How Many Sleeps Till Disneyland?” Michele also contributes Disney news to the Joe Kelley Morning Show on 107.3 WDBO in Orlando. She and her family made the move from Michigan to the Orlando area to pursue their Disney dreams. Michele is a life long Disney fan, and has two sons who have followed suit, each going on their first Disney trip before their first birthday’s. Part of the goal Michele has for The Main Street Mouse is not only to keep members informed, but to create somewhat of a Disney Family by relating to others through personal experiences and opinions. Also, Michele is making it a priority to share stories of inspiration and hope to other Disney Fans in an effort to share the Magic and hopefully make a difference in the lives of others. ~ I enjoy writing personal perspective blogs, doing TMSM Meet Ups for our readers, and keeping the constant interaction going with others, sharing the Disney Magic to people when they can’t be at their Happy Place.

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