We just love shopping. Of course we do! Finding a brand new item to add to your closet will amaze friends, family, and strangers with your élan, your style and your outfit. Where do you buy your clothes? If you haven’t considered purchasing second-hand whenever you shop, the time is now. So many reasons exist for shopping second-hand to benefit you as also the planet! Most buy their clothes from the local mall or online as these items are new and trendy. But, if looking to mix things up, do shop at second-hand stores.
You can be original and pick up a bargain
Buying from second-hand stores, you buy clothes not found in the mall, so you remain original, without any chance of someone wearing the same outfit, as these clothing items are older and possibly vintage; it enables you to play up your style. How much do you spend on clothes every month? Women spend between $150 and $400 on clothing every month. This is a huge amount of money and not exactly necessary. Shopping at second-hand stores, you pick up bargains and can buy ten items for the price of one in a department store, as prices are slashed.
You can find some hidden gems besides saving money
Most clothes in second-hand stores are donated by people in the locality, after searching their closets, they picked out clothes no longer worn, allowing others to enjoy. If the person who donated the clothing was a fan of designer clothing, you often find hidden gems or vintage clothing still in pristine condition. Such items do not exist in your local mall and used items come at a fraction of the new version. Not buying new will save money to spend on important things. When buying electronics, do consider refurbished or second-hand items but with a warranty. Refurbished items like phones are repaired and inspected and are almost new but minus high environmental impact. Selling your electronic items when not wanted, will also make some money.
Second-hand goods are better quality and enjoyable
Older items are from an era when quality was prized over quantity, especially for clothes and furniture. Vintage clothes were made to last and the reason for vintage clothing shops and markets thriving. All vintage clothes still exist in great condition. If your second-hand purchase is no longer wanted, can sell it or donate to perpetuate the cycle. Exploring charity shops, hunting through on-line stores and digging through flea-markets, is great fun and when you find a classic gem for an absolute bargain, your joy is unlimited. You never know what treasure you can find!
Second-hand buys are super easy and you are giving something back
You might be putting some dough back into small, local businesses or support a charity. Even buying from sellers having a clearance sale on eBay, instead of giving money to a corporate giant, ensures you contribute to something better. Choosing second-hand is your vote for a better society with guilt-free shopping. With shops like Vinted, DePop and eBay, it’s easier to buy second-hand from your phone. Our high streets feature some charity shops. And you will always find local flea-markets, car boot sales and antique shows. Looking to shop somewhere new? Ditch the mall and choose the second-hand store.