7. OVERCOME PREJUDICES
Ah one last note for those who turn up their noses thinking that these are things that have already been put on by others: even new garments that you try on in shops have already been tried on by others, maybe even very often, if they have been on the hanger since the beginning of the season.
Another big prejudice against second-hand shops is the idea of not being able to find branded stuff. Who said that? Not only in vintage shops can you find high quality and unique designer clothes (iconic pieces, clothes for various occasions, special accessories, bags and leather belts), but also in second-hand shops you will find clothes from fast fashion. You may have to look a little harder, but trust me, you will find them! For example, my winter jacket is a Woolrich bought for €60 in a second-hand shop in Italy. My favourite shoes are Dr. Martens paid €38 in the same shop (which by the way were already softened, thus avoiding blisters for the first few times I wore them). And so on!
And you might ask: why should I buy a piece of fast fashion second-hand when I can buy it new from the shop? Well, not only because by doing so you would avoid it ending up in the Atacama Desert in Chile, but also because it is more likely to be an opportunity to add an item to your wardrobe that you would otherwise not have bought because it was too expensive.
The trick is not to be discouraged at first glance, give it a thought!