What you need to know about shopping in second hand stores.How to find the best items and how not to waste your money even on inexpensive items.
Given the choose most people would prefer to buy their clothing “brand new” and avoid charity and second hand shops at all costs. Saying that however, don’t completely dismiss what are now branded as “thrift stores”, as there are some real bargains and great finds to be had – you just have to look and set ground rules upon entering these kinds of shops.
There are second hand shops, charity shops, vintage stores and thrift stores, all of which follow the say kind of theme – they are places where you can purchase new but mostly second hand clothing for a reasonable price. Depending on where you find these shops and the grade of shops that they are, you can expect to find a wide range of vintage to modern, high and low end clothing.
It is common for people to come out with bags of stuff that they do not want deep down and will never use/wear so it is important to enter with caution and not just buy up anything that seems cheap, unusual, unique or highly sort after. I myself have found some amazing items in second hand and charity shops but you do need to enter these stores with a level head and knowing a few of these all so crucial facts:
- People are often put off these types of stores because they do not like the idea of wearing somebody else’s old clothing when in actual fact, some clothing in second hand stores is actually brand new or has been tried on less times than some of the items you may buy from your favourite high street store, where some garments are tried on numerous times in any one day before even being purchased.
- Forget the price – think of the personal value. Second hand shops can offer unusual, vintage, antique, exclusive, high class, designer and really inexpensive yet great items of all types so it is only natural that you may lean towards being more careless over what you spend your money on but if you will never use something and do not need it then no matter how inexpensive the price, it is a waste of money if It is merely the result of a compulsive purchase.
- Never underestimate the quality! In the case of charity shops, where store stock heavily relies on donations from the public, the stock sold is usually of high quality and in very good condition seeing as most people wouldn’t even consider donating clothing if it was in poor condition especially when it is intended to be sold. The same applies to second hand stores that buy their clothing from wholesalers. I have purchased second hand items from thrift stores and they have been better quality and lasted longer than some of the high end high street garments I have purchased brand new and for up to 5 times the price!
So why not make your next trip a second hand store trip and perhaps come home with a pair of vintage Chanel gloves or a psychedelic wall canvas?