Luckily for me my mum was always a big charity shopper! It was a good way to get a range of good quality and sometimes even designer/named brands for very cheap! I’ve managed to get a pair of converse for £2.50, brand new trainers for £4.50, and about 90% is second hand and I never want to pay more than a tenner for an item of clothing!
When I was younger they were cheaper than they are today, I don’t know if this is due to inflation, popularity (*cough*macklemore*cough*), etc but you can still buy a whole heap of clothes for the price of one top these days!
Now there are a whole range of different specialised shops: from clothes, bric-a-brac and bookshops to vintage and botique-style.
Benefits of charity/thrift shopping:
- Low cost
- Recycling old goods = less landfill
- Prevents further demand for new things being made
- Supports a charity
- More unique! Many things will be older lines/seasons that you can no longer by new
- Exciting = you never know what you may find
- Can keep things local
Obviously these things go both ways, so when you’re having a clear out remember to donate!
Second hand also doesn’t have to be charity shops, there a a whole range of sites for selling second hand: eBay, depop, gumtree and even Facebook’s new marketplace update! I’ve managed to buy blankets, furniture, a bicycle, books and a range of clothes, shoes and even a pair of branded sunglasses from these sites!