Green Fashion Dilemma’s: Where to Buy Second Hand Clothes?

 Green Fashion Dilemmas: Where to Buy Second Hand Clothes? The Pro's & Con's of all Second Hand Shopping Options

The Pro’s & Con’s of all Second Hand Shopping Options

Second hand clothes: Where to score the best bargains, find unique garments & shop (ethically) till you drop!

This post full of insider fashion secrets to help you find the best second hand clothes. Let’s build that unique wardrobe in a conscious, green fashionista way! I’m sharing my favourite places to look for beautiful second hand fashion gear. Every locations has it’s up- and downsides so make sure to check out which option is best for your liking!

This post is part of my #6MONTHSNONEWCLOTHES challenge. Hope it’ll inspire you to venture into the lovely world of pre-owned clothes!
Keep an eye out for more second hand fashion blogpost specials at Everyday Escapism as there’ll be a lot of #6MONTHSNONEWCLOTHES themed posts in the future.

What can you expect?Secrets To Succes When Shopping Second Hand / Vintage Clothes‘, ‘The Pro’s & Con’s of Shopping Second Hand Clothes‘, ‘Thinning Out Your Ethical Wardrobe: What To Do With Clothes You Don’t Wear Anymore‘ & much, much more!


Vintage Fashion Shops

If you’re new to buying pre-owned clothes Vintage shops are a good place to start! Vintage fashion shops are often beautifully and systematically put together by experienced retail designers. The second hand garments you find in the shop are carefully selected for trends, style, season ect. You could say vintage shops are the ‘cream of the crop’ of second hand fashion!

Naturally, this also means the price of garments found in Vintage shops is a little steeper. Mostly prices are relatable to fast-fashion shops like H&M or Zara, but of course there are exceptions to the rule. Another possible disadvantage of Vintage fashion shops is that they’re mostly located in urban areas… Rural ethical fashion lovers may have a hard time when looking for a nice Vintage fashion shop!

– only pre-selected items
– convenient shopping
– up to date with current styles & trends

– more expensive than other second hand clothing options
– limited locations (mostly urban)

To conclude: Vintage fashion shops are great to stop by if you’ve got a bit of a budget & don’t want to waste much time sifting through piles of clothes!

A few of my favourites here in Amsterdam are: Feathers and Crosses, Marbles Vintage, Zipper, Jutka & Riska, Bij Ons Vintage, Rumors Vintage & Episode.

Thrift & Charity Shops

Thrift shops are probably the venues I stop by most often when buying second hand clothes. Thrift shops are incredibly cheap! Just to give you guys some examples: I bought a leather maxi coat for 4,50 euros. Knitwear Winter-proof jumpers often go for 2 or 3 euros!

Usually I find really great wardrobe basics in thrift shops but you also have the chance to run into unique fashion garments here! However, a thrift shop usually also contains a lot of clothes that probably won’t be your cup of tea… Unlike the Vintage fashion shops, Thrift shops don’t pre-select the clothes that are brought in. I’ve sifted through the most curious clothes when looking for a new addition to my ethical wardrobe… Once I even found an old Burger King employee blouse!

Looking for some wardrobe staples at your location Thrift shop isn’t only a fun way to buy ethical clothes, it’s also a great way to support Charities that are often affiliated with Thrift shops!

– budgetproof
– accessible to urban & rural fashion lovers
– profits (often) go to affiliated charities

– time-consuming
– inconsistent stock
– checking clothes for faults is a must

To conclude: Thrift shops are the way too go if you’re on a tight budget & don’t mind spending some time looking for hidden fashion treasures! 

In Amsterdam I often visit Juttersdok, Kringloper or Het Leger Des Heils (Salvation Army) shops. A little secret I’ll share with you: it’s worth checking out the Thrift shops in moderately wealthy area’s. You’ll find a lot more high-end fashion pieces there! 

Flea-markets, Festivals & Other Outdoor Events

Just like Thrift shop, flea-markets & other specialised second-hand fashion events are often incredibly cheap! The same disadvantages hold though: sifting through the merchandise can be time consuming and the stock is usually inconsistent.

An extra thing to keep in mind with Flea-markets and such is the weather! This can be both good and bad… When the Sun’s out a trip to the flea-market can be a lovely way to spend a Summer’s day. On the other hand looking for that perfect oversized jumper isn’t much fun when you’re on the brink of hypothermia!

Another thing I’ve noticed is that well-known Flea-markets can become a place that mostly attracts tourist or professional merchants. When that happens the second hand shopping fun gets a little less for me personally…

– budgetproof
– weather

– time-consuming
– weather
– can become infested with tourists or merchants

To Conclude: A Fleamarket can be a really fun second-hand shopping experience when the weather’s pleasant. Watch out for overly touristy or merchant-infested places!

In Amsterdam I sometimes visit De Ijhallen. Waterloo Square is also nice if you know where to look!

Green Fashion Dilemmas: Where to Buy Second Hand Clothes? The Pro's & Con's of all Second Hand Shopping Options

Second Hand Shopping Online

The searching grounds for second hand fashion lovers has grown immensely with the coming of the world wide web. There’s lots of ways to buy your favourite vintage items online! For instance, Etsy‘s got a good selection of affiliated vintage fashion shops. There’s also Depop, an app where users can ‘sell their wardrobe’.

And let’s also list few Dutch examples of online second hand fashion options I know of! United Wardrobe has a similar concept as Depop. There are also loads of specialised Facebook ‘buy & sell’ groups targeting a certain style. My favourites are ‘Bohemian Marketplace’ and ‘Vintage Marketplace‘!

Next to these ‘collective wardrobe’ fashion communities loads of cool vintage / thrifted webshops exist! An example is Kleretoko run by Mira who mailed me only a few days ago. She started out her webshop to encourage second-hand shopping & green fashion. Way to go Mira!

Online shopping can be really fun but it also has some (possible) downsides. Fitting clothes is obviously not an option & there’s always the possibility of mailman-delivery malfunctions… Another thing to keep in mind are shipping costs!

– efficient
– low prices (often)

– shipping costs
– no fitting options

To Conclude: The World Wide Web gives us green fashionistas an immense amount of options… Check out which one works for you! When buying online always do a quick background check to see if you’re not being scammed. Better safe than sorry <3

Clothing Swap Events

Clothing swap events are becoming more populair by the minute! This is a really fun way to get into green fashion: You don’t have to spend any money & you can get rid of your old clothes at the same time! This ethical fashion shop opportunity is not just about shopping though… It’s a true social event!

The problem I have with clothing swap events is though that I always seem to miss them! You really have to keep updated / follow pages on Facebook etc to make sure you’re not missing out. Also, like with thrift shops, the garment selection can really be unpredictable.

– fun social opportunity
– no buying (extremely budgetproof)
– wardrobe detox

– inconsistent stock
– irregular times & dates

To Conclude: fun way to detox your wardrobe & do some ethical shopping at the same time! A great way to find new clothes if you’re on a tight budget <3

Hope you guys like this post! Did I miss your favourite second hand shopping option? Let me know in the comments!


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  • Jilly

    Hello, great post! For those who are interested, there is clothes swapping event coming up in Rotterdam – ReFashion Spring Event, April 2 2017.