My number one tip for saving money, my number one tip for finding original pieces, my number one tip for finding good quality clothes is to buy preloved items. I say preloved because there is a big misconception about buying your things second-hand .
Many of my friends have told me that they associate shopping second-hand with dirty, old, smelly clothes. But for me buying preloved means that you’re not just buying someone else’s old clothes, it means buying pieces that have been lovingly cared for and that have maintained their quality.
I even buy my furniture second- hand and man, does that save me a coin, that I can spend on food, food and food.
If you’re planning your first trip to a second-hand shop, here are my 3 top tips on how to go about it:
- Write a list of what you need:
Second-hand shops can be very seductive and sometimes want to lure you into buying things you don’t really need. Write a list of what you need and stick to it.
- Try out/ on everything you are buying.
Even if it is cheap, take the time to try whether it is working and evaluate whether that is what you were looking for.
When I go second- hand shopping, I usually just wear a black shirt and black leggings, which makes it easy to try on dresses, shirts, pants without having to get undressed first- so much faster!
- Bring your on bag!
Most second-hand shops only provide plastic bags. It’s so easy to bring your own reusable bag that there is really no reason why you shouldn’t.
Hope those tips were helpful.
I’d love to see some of the second-hand outfits you purchased, tag me on social media and let me see your gorgeous finds.