3. Buy nearly-new/preloved/secondhand when possible
Choosing to shop preloved and secondhand where possible is a no-brainer if you want to create a more sustainable wardrobe. Luckily for us, we are spoiled for choice when it comes to pre-loved shopping options.
At Endless, we wanted to make sustainable shopping easy, which is why we offer Nearly-new as one of our three ways to shop. Buying nearly-new is an affordable and more sustainable way of getting current, seasonal pieces but at a portion of the cost. These clothes have all been worn before, but are quality checked and kept in like-new condition by our fantastic warehouse team. That way you can shop second-hand stress-free. You’re welcome.
SECOND-HAND AND VINTAGE
I don’t know about you, but my local highstreet is about 70% charity shops and 30% cafes, and I’m not mad about it. Charity shops and vintage stores are excellent and super easy ways of getting into second-hand shopping and finding preloved treasures for virtually nothing.
For example, I once bought a £500 designer handbag for the grand total of £2 in a charity shop. Granted I didn’t know what it was worth when I bought it, but you can bet I felt pretty chuffed with myself when I did find out. There are so many gems like this hidden in vintage stores and charity shops just waiting to be found. Plus they make a great anecdote if you’re struggling for conversation with your in-laws.
Two of the best things to do when going vintage or charity shop shopping is to put aside a whole day and to go with a friend or someone’s eye you trust. You can often spend a lot of time scouring the rails to find just one piece that you truly love, but be patient because that one item will be a one-of-a-kind, unique piece that will elevate any outfit. Having someone else with you will also help stop impulse buys, not to mention help keep morale high when you’re on your fourteenth shop of the day.