We live in a throwaway world, a society whereby cheap and fast is the go-to. However, many of us are realising that we need to take a much more sustainable approach to how we buy clothes, accessories and other fashion items.
This means that more and more people are choosing to buy secondhand clothes. Whether that is online, on a preloved site or perhaps in a charity shop, it may seem straight-forward purchasing these clothes. However, that isn’t always the case. It can be hard to know where to start as well as what to look for when you are buying clothes.
To help you out (and to make sure that you really do get a bargain) we have put together our guide on how to shop for second-hand clothes.
Make a list of what you actually want/need
Shopping is shopping, whether it is for food or whether it is for clothes. If you have a list of things that you need to buy, then you are much more likely to actually get what you need. So, it makes sense that the best place to start is to make a list of the type of thing that you may be looking for. Charity shops can be jam-packed full of stuff, so having a plan of where you want to look and what you need to look for is a great way to make sure that you don’t miss out or feel overwhelmed.
Seeing as you buying things that have been previously owned, chances are that you won’t instantly find the exact item that you are looking for, the first time. This means that you need to remember to keep trying, it might take a little while, but with some time and effort, you are sure to find the exact thing that you are looking for.
Be prepared to rummage around or to click away online
Much like the above point, it isn’t always easy to find the exact thing that you are looking for. Which means that you need to be prepared to do a bit of rummaging. If you are in a charity shop or a store, then this is a literal task, but if you are shopping online, then you are going to need to click a few different places to find what you are looking for.
Consider items that need repairing (but think about the cost)
You are going to want to make sure that you buy clothes that are in the best quality, but this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t consider something that needs a bit of TLC. This often means that you can get a bargain, but it also means that you may need to buy something that needs a repair, if you can do this yourself then this is great, but if you are not skilled at sewing then you are going to need to think about the cost.
Donate your old clothes
One last point to keep in mind if you are buying something new, then you are going to need to make room for it in your wardrobe. So, what better thing to do then to donate your old clothes, not only are you freeing up space, but you are also helping charity too.
Something that doesn’t fit or suit you could be the perfect item of clothing for someone else. So, what are you waiting for? Pass on the preloved love!