Some of you already know this, but it’s due time I came out publicly.
I have to confess that I’m a second-hand raider, and about 80–90% of my wardrobe is pre-loved. ;) (Including this entire outfit, except headband, scarf, and sunglasses)
Around 2015 I discovered a Swedish online second-hand store called Sellpy, and I fell in love. I find great bargains there for around 3.5–10 Euros, which now makes it quite hard to lure me into regular high street sales with prices that are two or three times as high!
Here are some international alternatives:
– eBay, Poshmark, Asos marketplace, Depop, and, of course, local thrift/charity shops. If you know of more good options, please share in the comments.
I only buy new things if I really love an item and know it’s going to be hard to find a second-hand alternative.
The pros of buying second-hand instead of new is that you’re helping both the environment and your wallet.
– It may take some time to find what you need. (You also have to know what you need.)
– There are many outdated items, so you need to be able to tell the difference between dated, modern, and timeless items.
– The low prices (a pro in itself) may stimulate you to consume unnecessary stuff just because it’s so cheap.
In order to shop wisely on second-hand goods without stuffing your wardrobe with unnecessary or outdated stuff, you have to understand your style and personal needs and keep an eye on fashion. (You can read how to do that here.)
The good news is that these skills can be learned!