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Shopping For Second Hand Clothes: A Starter Guide.

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Buying second hand clothes can be incredibly beneficial, especially if you’re a fan of designer items but find the recommended retail prices for new items tend to fall outside of your budget. Thankfully, second hand clothes shopping has become commonplace in recent years, and there are plenty of options available to anyone who wishes to give the idea a try.

However, to a newcomer, buying second hand clothes can be fraught, and feels a little like a step into the dark. If you have never shopped for second hand clothes before, and aren’t sure what to expect or how to make the most of the experience, then read on.

Make the most of online options

When most people think of second hand clothes shopping, they think of thrift stores and markets. While there is still plenty of reason to consider these physical second hand shopping stores, it’s important to note that there are far more options available if you look for second hand options online. From auction sites to the likes of The Fifth Collection, you’ll likely have a far wider choice when you check your digital shopping options first. Things will also be easier to find this way.

Read descriptions or study garments carefully

One of the biggest mistakes people make when buying second hand clothes is a lack of attention to detail. If buying online, this means there is a risk that you miss important information - such as the condition of the item, or any rips or tears - by overlooking the description. If buying offline, then not carefully studying the garment can mean you purchase something that you later realize is not fit for purpose due to, for example, wear and tear. These issues ultimately mean that you will buy items that you don’t actually want to wear.

To avoid this issue, always take your time when purchasing second hand clothes, so you have the opportunity to thoroughly assess whether they are truly suitable for you. If you’re shopping in a rush, then it may be best to avoid second hand altogether, especially if you suspect the time pressure may lead to rash decisions you later come to regret.

Be aware of the risk of “bargain fever”

Arguably the biggest benefit of buying second hand clothes is that they are generally more affordable than their brand-new counterparts.

However, the bargains available when shopping at second hand stores, both on and offline, can lead to a kind of “bargain fever”. If you find a pair of Jimmy Choo shoes for 50% off what they would have been when brand new, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the potential saving. This can affect you to the point where you ignore the fact you already have a near identical pair - or that you didn’t even set out to buy new shoes. People love a bargain, and low prices can make us make irrational decisions, so try to be aware of this and assess a potential purchase on its merits rather than its discount alone.

In conclusion

With the tips above in mind, you should be able to embrace the wonderful world of second hand clothes shopping once and for all - enjoy your new wardrobe!

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