Second hand items can have such a stigma attached to them. Some people love them and others loathe them. Personally I have become a lover and this post is going to tell you why!
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#1 Second hand goods SAVE YOU MONEY
Second hand goods are always going to be cheaper than buying things at full price. Occasionally you can even find brand new items, with the tags still on, at crazy prices just because someone didn’t want it anymore. You can get complete outfits for under £10 shopping second hand, something you’d struggle to do at retail price. Even from Primark!
Next time you buy something second hand have a little research to see how much it would have cost you full price. You’ll be surprised! And then work out how much money you’ve saved!!
#2 You can buy second hand everywhere
Buying second hand doesn’t always mean visiting charity shops. Yes, they are one of the most popular places to buy second hand goods, but not the only places!
Pop to your local car boot sale, see what your friends and family are throwing away and have a look on the internet.
There are loads of fab second hand shopping sites on the web now. Everyone knows about ebay but did you know about these?
Vinted – originally specialising in vintage clothing but now people post all sorts of things on here. Brand new and used items. There is also an app to go alongside the website so it’s really easy to use and sell things. Selling is completely free so there are now fees involved either which is a plus!
Depop – mainly just an app but works on the same principle as vinted. Again there’s no selling fees with it.
#3 Second hand can sometimes mean FREE
I’ve got a few pieces of furniture in my house that friends have gifted me absolutely free. They are solid wood and really nice pieces of furniture that would have cost at least £100 each if I’d bought them new.
Lots of people also throw away clothes all the time, if you’ve got friends who are the same size as you why not offer to take them off their hands and see if there’s anything that would fit you.
I always do this with books for example, It’s rare I’ll read a book twice so I either donate them to a charity shop or give them to friends. One of my friends has a coffee shop with a ‘donations book shelf’ so I often give her a boxful at a time.
#4 Second hand is better for the environment
Did you know that just one pair of jeans requires 6,000 litres of water to be made. That’s not even including posting and packaging! Every single week 11 million items of clothing end up in landfill! By buying second hand we can all help to reduce this!
#5 It feels good when you can say how little something cost you
I have quite a few items in my wardrobe that I wear all the time. Work uniform especially. It gives me a bit of a buzz when someone comments on something I’m wearing and asks where it’s from. It’s even better when I can say it’s from a charity shop or car boot and only cost me X, Y or Z.
I have 3 blazers that I rotate for work, the most expensive one cost me £5 and is part of the Next tailoring range, for sale currently at £45.
#6 Charity shops are often organised by sizes
Not everyone is the same but I much prefer being able to go to my size range and looking at what items are available for me. The majority of retailers layout their product in style ranges which is great for some and more visually pleasing. For me however, the sight of a sale rail (in shops) is much more favourable.
#7 Charity shops raise money for charitys
All charity shops raise money for a specific charity. The clue is in the name really …
#8 You get to have a treasure hunt
You never know what you’re going to find when rummaging through second hand items. Be it at a charity shop or a car boot, spend time going through things as you don’t know what treasures you’ll stumble across. You can get branded items for a fraction of the price just because others don’t want them anymore.
#9 Second hand is YOUR fashion
By buying second hand items you can search for items that YOU really love without having to ‘fit in’ with the current trend or style craze. People get rid of all sorts of things and the saying really is true…
One man’s junk is another man’s treasure.
#10 It’s better for the local community
Charity shops are often run by volunteers, this is great for the community as it helps to get people into work. I also find there’s often a great sense of community in charity shops as well. The staff often know the customers and people will have chats and see it as a social place as well as it being a shop.
One thing I’d love to see is charity shops with integrated coffee shops or tea stations. I feel that this could be a winning combination! I know I’d definitely shop there and would be more likely to buy a slice of homemade cake while I was there…
This post is part of #secondhandseptember a conscious effort by Oxfam to share the importance of buying second hand and the impact it can have on the environment.