I love going Opshopping (shopping for second hand goods), why because it’s the thrill of what gems I might find. While it can definatly be hit and miss, you can definatly find some real gems and know that your doing better for the enviroment by purchasing second hand goods.
Today I thought it would be fun to share with you my tips for going Opshopping or Thrifting (what ever you might call it, here in Australia we call it Opshopping) for second hand fashion.
Why I Started buying Second Hand Clothes
I’ve probably talked about this before but I thought I would touch on it again. I love op-shopping because not only is it great for the environment (by not wasting resources to create new clothes) but you can also find some real gems.
I’ve always had a unique style one that wasn’t easily accessible in a majority of the mainstream stores, most of the time anyway. I love being able to find unique stuff in op shops, like vintage clothing, vintage doc martens, band t-shirts and so much more.
I decided a few years ago that I was primarily going to buy my clothes second-hand especially after learning about what it takes to create something new. The True Cost is a great documentary to watch it talks all about this.
I admit that I will occasionally buy something brand new but more often than not I will check out my local opshops before purchasing something new. There are just sometimes you just can’t find what you are looking for or need second hand.
So let’s get on to my tips for Op shopping (thrifting).
My Tips For When You Are Going Op-Shopping
- Wear clothing that is easy to take off or put clothing over to save time when in the change room. ( like wear leggings and a top easy to take off or put clothing over.)
- Look for things you need (seasonal clothing, a pair of jeans etc)
- Check out a size above or below, sizing is never the same, especially for women. (If its slightly to big you can always get it taken in.)
- Look for quality pieces (this could be designer brands or just clothing that feels well made. Something that will last a while in your closet.)
- This last one might freak some people out but don’t be afraid to check out the shoe department, I’ve found some awesome vintage docs on a couple of my op-shopping trips. My tip though is only to buy things that are practically brand new or good quality. I know people will tell you not to buy second-hand shoes for various reasons but you can often find some unique pieces or practically brand new boots from last season. You can always sanitize your new shoes with disinfectants, just to make sure you don’t catch anything from the previous owner.
Sneek little extra tip – if your a female don’t be afraid to check out the men’s department for band t-shirts, you know if you’re not into Justin Bieber or Twilight.
What are your favourite places to find second-hand fashion? let me know in the comments.
I hope these tips help you on your next Op-shopping or Thrifting adventure. I’ve put together a Winter style lookbook using mostly if not all second-hand items, so I can share with you how you can create unique outfits using second-hand clothing and accessories. I’ll hopefully continue to do more of these in the future.
I hope you all have a lovely and stress-free day,
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