Second Hand Savings

Second Hand Savings

Chloe is a 22 year old Fashion Communication & Promotion student at UoS and decided to get involved with Student Life to share her life experiences and love for fashion.

When I was 17, I started experimenting with my style however my bank account wasn’t my friend. When my mum first took me into a charity shop, I was apprehensive but then I realised I was in heaven. You can find some absolute gems and for a lower price - what’s not to love! 

What I love about charity shops and shopping second-hand is the fact that you might have something that no one else has. When people ask you where you get it from and you say ‘a charity shop’, you can watch their face drop with horror because they realise that they can’t get one themselves unless they looked in charity shops and second-hand places.

Fast-fashion is becoming an increasing problem, not helped by the rise of ‘haul culture’ amongst influencers. Large fashion retailers create inexpensive designs that are similar to the catwalk and rotate them quickly to match what’s on trend. This means so much clothing goes to waste. By shopping second-hand, you are reducing this waste and not taking part in fast fashion.

Quick tips to help you:

Look on every rail
Look on the rails that are your size and that are bigger than your usual size. If you find something that’s in a bigger size, then you can always take it in or wear a belt! The men’s section is usually a treasure chest if you are a fan of slogan t-shirts or band t-shirts! I found a genuine Harley Davidson shirt for £1 and it’s my favourite find ever.

Check the item thoroughly
Make sure to check the item all over before buying it. With white shirts, check the underarm for yellow stains from sweat and deodorant. If you think you can fix a hole or get something fixed, then go for it. 

Put time aside to shop 
Shopping in charity shops takes some time, it’s not something to do if you don’t have a lot of time. 

Don’t be sad if you leave with nothing
There have been so many times I have left a charity shop empty handed and that’s perfectly normal. I always have at least one thing in mind to look for when I go in, but I don’t get my hopes up too much as it’s based on luck!


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