Shopping for second hand clothing can be really rewarding, but it can also seem daunting. I remember living in NYC, working long hours in the fashion industry and just trying to get by. I didn't have a lot of disposable income (hello NYC rent!) to buy new designer clothes, but I didn't have a lot of time to be sifting through huge bins at thrift stores for the perfect vintage stuff either. I felt like I either needed money or time to get the wardrobe that I wanted, and I didn't have either! Over the years, I've been making a lot of mental notes about how to save money by shopping second hand, without it being time consuming or overwhelming. Read on for some of my tips!
STEP 1: KNOW THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF SECOND HAND STORES
There are a number of different ways to buy second hand, and the experience (and price tag) can be vastly different. Some thrift stores are a heap of smelly clothes, while other high-end vintage stores can be highly curated but cost...
"Buy less, choose well" has been a guiding principle for me for the past two and a half years of buying my clothing ethically. Partially because things produced in a conscious way are generally more expensive, so I have to choose my purchases wisely. And partially because I was tired of being wasteful and impulsive, and shopping that way didn’t get me the wardrobe of my dreams. I always looked in my closet and felt like I had “nothing to wear.”
A few years ago, I was staring at 12 trendy tops that I bought at the mall for $12 each, and half had gone out of style, while the other half had fallen apart quickly because they were poor quality.
Now, I stare into my closet and feel like I have good collection of key pieces that I really love, that I can mix and match, and that will last me a long time.
But, as we all know, basics can be boring.
One thing I realized more recently is that while basics are the true foundation of a wardrobe (that perfect white shirt, yo...