Gently used is nothing new to me. I am the youngest of 4 children, so wearing second-hand clothing, or hand-me-downs, was just a way of life when I was growing up. Especially clothing for special occasions. I think all of us girls had the same dress for our first communions.
When I became a teenager, my style differed greatly from my sisters. Their used clothing didn’t appeal to me and with limited resources, I began to shop thrifty stores on my own. There was only one place to go to shop for second-hand clothes, the Salvation Army. I was into punk and new wave so shopping for new was out of the question anyway. Besides, who would want to cut up brand new items? My mother would have freaked!
Now, there are many stores to shop and people are much more accepting of the idea. This is awesome for us shoppers because that has translated into more people donating.
If you are still turning your nose up at shopping for gently used clothes, here’s why you should give it a try:
7 Reasons You Should Shop Second Hand Stores
1. The Selection
Did you ever notice that when you shop at a mall, every store has the exact same style of clothing? It’s great if you are young and size 0 because everything looks good on you. At used clothing stores, there is a wide selection of styles. If only A line skirts look good on you and they are not the trend right now, guess where you will find a variety of them to choose from?
Thank goodness that people have cleaned out their closets and not thrown out these classic pieces in the garbage. You will easily find styles as far back as the 50’s.
It’s tough to find anything brand new these days that doesn’t fall apart after one wash, unless you pay top dollar. But at gently used stores, you will find:
- Lining in skirts
- Double seams
- Zippers and buttons made to last
- Sturdy fabrics
4. Brand New
I can’t tell you how many times I have bought items that still have the original price sticker on them. And what a thrill it is to see a price tag of $49 and snag it for $5.
You have to shop the racks thoroughly but designer labels can be found in thrift stores. They go fast so go regularly to find them.
You just can’t beat the price. Become a regular, and you become privy to even deeper savings. Stores will regularly put discounts on over stock merchandise. Today, dresses were an additional 50% off.
In a disposable society where land fills are overflowing, it is nice to know that these pieces can be saved and loved again.