10 Reasons to love second hand

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!

Secondhandseptember - I'm saying yes to second hand September

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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.

vinted display shot

#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 …

treasure in a second hand charity shop

#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…

alternative thrift shop buying second hand

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.

12 Comments

  1. I love this idea and hope that everybody takes part in it! For me, though, second hand shopping doesn’t suit because I simply don’t have the patience to browse the shops. Instead I’ve taken to visiting my mum’s closet every time I travel home and take away genuine 80’s treasures. The latest find was a beautiful denim jacket! I also took a pair of her old jeans and turned them into shorts. My favourite piece of clothing. xx

    Teresa Maria | Outlandish Blog

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      I think there’s quite a few people taking part! I love your comment though as it’s the essence of second hand! Rediscovering old treasures and enjoying wearing them is a great feeling. I’ve got a couple of pairs of jeans that I cut into shorts as well! Fitted fab but just too short so make lovely shorts! X

  2. I am taking part of the Second Hand September. I am all about thrifting and sustainability.

    1. Author

      I shall check out your blog now! It’s a great scheme isn’t it

  3. Great post! I love shopping in thrift stores! I always direct people to Vinted too as it can be irritating when finding something you love that’s not in your size at a physical shop. Lovely post!

    1. Author

      Vinted is fab for finding things quickly isn’t it as you can select exactly what you’re looking for in what sizes. Thank you 🙂

  4. I think this is a great idea! I will say sometimes I dislike the second hand shops because you really have to have some time to go in there. Since everything is done by sizing. Which I do like that part too though. I know to not find something cute in the small section when I am a medium. I think the concept is good though!

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      I agree it can be a bit annoying when you find something really nice but it’s not in your size! I tend to have a look at everything if I’ve got the time as my family are different sizes. The other day I found a lovely Wallis coat for my mum and it was only £1

  5. Awesome and inspiring blog post!
    I’m actually in the middle of writing a similar one. So pleased to see others encouraging 2nd hand usage.

    Love Alexa,

    http://AlexaJade.co.uk

    1. Author

      I’ll have to keep an eye out for yours! I can always create a link to it once it’s posted if you want?

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