I was buying second-hand long before Love Island decided to sponsor eBay, in their bid to get away from fast fashion.
In this article, I want to discuss the amazing benefits of a second-hand marketplace.
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Let’s take a quick look at the facts.
These numbers are astonishing. Especially when someone out there may just love your unwanted clothes.
Donating and recycling
For years, my family and I have not only donated to charity shops, but we also regularly buy from them.
Some of the best bargains we’ve snapped up are a real wooden coffee table for £5 and a beautiful oil painting for £5. You really can find a hidden gem, if you look hard enough. And finding a great second-hand marketplace could be the source of huge savings for you and your family.
Visiting a charity shop is a weekly occurrence for me. Whether I promise the little one a toy but don’t want to pay the £10 price tag. Or I need a new top for work.
I will post more of my charity shop hauls on this blog!
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Saving our money to spend on something more beneficial, is a theme of this blog. Buying my daughter’s dresses from a charity shop means a £10-14 saving on each item of clothing. Before she was born, I would buy bundles of baby items. We even bought her first pram second-hand, simply because the owner’s baby had outgrown it, but it was in amazing condition. These days, the fact she frequently returns from the nursery covered in paint is a good reason to keep buying on a second-hand marketplace
I also then either donate or resell on eBay, any clothes she grows out of. And we continue this cycle. It is very rare, that we as a smaller family unit, or our wider family, buy new. We have a mindset, of, what’s the point? I would rather use these funds towards our next holiday, our mortgage deposit, or a day out at the seaside. I have better things to spend the money on and make savings where I can.
Bringing the issue to the forefront of people’s minds
It makes me happy that Love Island and other big fashion brands are finally cottoning on (hehe), to this trend. The hope is, that youngsters out there will believe this is the new trend. After all, looking after the environment and saving money are fashionable. And we should ALL get behind this cause.
Some resources to get you started on your thrifting journey
They display the best of the second-hand and new items they have donated to them. The website is user-friendly and how amazing that you can give to charity, but also have the convenience of ordering online?
Preworn is an amazing second-hand marketplace. The website is built like that of any fast fashion brand you would visit. This site is my new favorite for seeking out bargains and being thrifty with my wardrobe.
This site is a cute collection of gifts and other unique items, with the proceeds going to an amazing charity. You can also donate through the website.