Chiang Mai is one of my favorite cities in Thailand, actually probably one of my favorite cities ever. Last time we were in Chiang Mai I found Love ’70s, an awesome vintage clothing store. I still have one of the dresses I bought there in my backpack today.
When I knew we were returning to Chiang Mai I hoped that the store was still there and even designated one of our days a “Wendy shopping day” so I would have a chance to go check it out.
Well happily it is still there and I spent an awesome time carefully looking at the dresses. They are still quite affordable (I think 200 baht for one dress, three for 500, or about $5.65 and $14.12 in USD). They did also have a price listed for 10 dresses, but I don’t remember what that was (I knew ten more dresses would never fit in my backpack!).
Unfortunately I walked away without buying anything. I’m not sure why, this was one of the few times I actually had planned on buying a dress or two, but somehow it must not have been in the cards. They had rows of beautiful dresses but there was always something wrong – the wrong material (too heavy), the wrong sleeves (a dress with long sleeves just isn’t practical for me), the wrong size, the wrong style, etc. If I were at home with a closet I probably would have bought a few, but living out of a backpack has made me really choosy about what I buy because I will have to wear it over and over again.
The dress I wanted to buy but didn’t was this one:
It just had too many problems, it was probably a little too small (although I admittedly didn’t try it on), it had a stain (which I have limited resources to use to try to remove), and it was faded (which I knew would only get worse with very frequent washings).
So I left empty handed, but still happy to have spent some time looking through vintage clothing.
I love Chiang Mai so I’m sure we’ll be back and when we are I sure hope this store is still there.
Until next time…….