5 Reasons You Should Try Second Hand Shopping + How to Get Started.

Secondhand Shopping

If you’re on the fence about second hand shopping or “thrifting”, I don’t blame you. A lot of people find it kind of off putting because many people find it weird to buy things that have already been owned and or used by other people. Others perceive it as dirty or cluttered, and while that may be true at times, most stores that sell secondhand goods make sure to only put out items that are clean and in good condition.

Maybe you don’t find it fun to spend an hour looking for items that you may not end up finding. Now, I’m not saying everything from a thrift store is game (I’d say pass on things like pillows, underwear, socks, etc.!) but a lot of things that are sold in thrift stores are amazing. Here’s a list of the reasons why:

  1. It’s better for the environment
    Instead of buying brand new clothes every season, take a look and see if you can find a gently used clothing store or a goodwill. I’ve found many good name brand clothes at my local Goodwill, Plato’s Closet, and Closet Mentor.
  2. It doesn’t break the bank.
    Second hand stores are normally priced very fairly, and most clothes are priced the same across the board. This means that you could come across clothing worth a lot of money ( hello Brooks Brothers, Patagonia, and Woolrich!), but still pay the same thrift store price! I’ve found good luck furnishing our home with second hand furniture as well. One of my favorite armchairs I paid 35 dollars for, and it’s vintage!
  3. Find inspiration for your next DIY project.
    You might find a cool piece of furniture you’d like to make-over and paint. Or maybe you’ll find a dress or a shirt that needs a little TLC that is perfectly on trend! If you have some DIY skills or sewing skills, the options are limitless.
  4. It’s fun to do with friends.
    Maybe I’m weird, but this is one of the most fun things to do with a friend. It’s nice to have input when you’re trying on clothes, and it’s just a good excuse to hang out and go do something!
  5. Vintage finds!!
    Need I say more? This is not a guarantee to happen every visit, but I’ve come across A LOT of vintage clothing, home goods, and furniture over time. The best advice I can tell you is to go often so your chances of getting your hands on it is greater!

How to Get Started

Before you ever step foot in a thrift store, look at the reviews online to see if it’s the store has good finds. You can also read through and see if anyone says anything about the way it is organized or the cleanliness of it. Thrifting is one of those things where it takes some getting used to, and can get overwhelming because things may not be organized very well, or there may be a lot of junk to sift through. My personal recommendation is to first go to a place that curates their clothes a little bit, such as Plato’s Closet or Clothes Mentor if you have one of those gently used clothing store chains nearby. These stores are strict about what they will and will not take, so most likely all of the clothes for sale will be on trend and in good shape. If you’re looking for a little bit of everything, Goodwill and Savers are both stores in the U.S. that people have good luck with.

Secondhand Shopping Online

If you’re still not convinced, and sifting through clothing grosses you out, don’t worry! The cool thing about second hand shopping for clothes is that you don’t even have to go to a physical store anymore to find something. Places like Depop, Poshmark, and Etsy are goldmines for vintage clothing and also gently used clothing that may just be a season or two old!

My Favorite Second Hand Sellers

All of these shops are a higher price point than going to a thrift store, but they all sell curated, super cute vintage clothing.

second hand shopping on etsy
Recap Vintage Studio
plaid plus size swing skirt
The Curvy Elle
secondhand shopping online
Flying Apple Vintage
Vintage Jumpsuit
The Cosmic Circle Vintage
vintage thrifted clothing
Your Sweet Caroline
second hand shopping - vintage jean jacket
@debbieelizabeth on depop
peter pan collar top
@kidthrift on depop

I hope this convinced you that there’s a little slice of second hand shopping out there for everyone! For more tips about thrifting, you can check out this post all about Thrifting Tips

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Further Reading:

The Impact of Fast Fashion and Why I Mostly Shop Second Hand

Sustainable Business Practices