Vinted has launched a campaign, #LovePreloved, a movement to spread the love and idea behind buying secondhand, and to dispel the myths around it. I'm happy to be apart of this campaign and to spread the word and love about preloved and secondhand clothing!
I am a secondhand lover. Not only is buying secondhand cheaper, it also breathes new life into old garments. I almost exclusively buy secondhand.
The number one thing that people ask me about my shopping is "why?"
Why do you shop secondhand?
I shop secondhand for a multitude of reasons!
I come from a large immediate family with parents in the low middle class region. I'm number 4 out of 5--I grew up and lived on hand me downs--so, I've always been rocking preloved clothes. I don't really know what brand new, not worn before, feels like. When you come from a lower class household, the last thing that is on your mind is the newness of an item, but rather, the longevity. It feels weird and I suffer buyer's remorse when I spend money on full price clothing because it's just wrong to me.
Buying secondhand brings a new life to an old garment. Too many clothing pieces are thrown out unjustly, and it's saddening. Clothes can last a long long time if you take care of them, and you can so easily extend the life of a piece simply buy buying it from a thrift store, a vintage dealer, consignment shop, or selling app.
My favorite secondhand item has to be my anorak. You've all seen it, I practically live in the thing. I found it stuffed between maxi skirts in a local thrift store, and it was screaming my name. We've been inseparable ever since.
Though you will never see me list this item for sale, I do sell my preloved items on Vinted. As a plus sized gal, I think there is an importance to having access to fashionable, secondhand items, and I'm happy to be contributing to that. I love selling on Vinted, and selling my preloved items in general, because of this.
Do you shop secondhand? What are your favorite preloved items?