I love second hand shopping. Ever since I can remember it’s my preferred method as I get to find really cool items at a very affordable price. Trust me you won’t break the bank with this option plus you get designer looks for less if you are the kind of person who prefers labels. The thrill of bargaining is something to write home about and you can be assured it’s next to impossible to go home without your desired item when you actually spot it. The only thing I find tiring is flipping through the tons of junk as most of the items are often flawed but it helps when you go there in the right frame of mind.
Here is a guide I have learnt over the years when shopping for secondhand clothes
1. Have a plan
Before you go shopping, know exactly what you are looking for. This will help you get something you are more likely to wear since you have established what is missing in your wardrobe. Impulse buying is a real temptation on my part but first I focus on what I’m looking for then the rest can board later.
2. Try things on
Experience has taught me trying on clothes eliminates doubt. I dress like I am going to undress when I visit particular stores that have fitting rooms, but for those without wearing a thin layer outfit like tights will come in handy just in case you need to try something on along the isle.
3:Get what you need not what you want
At the stores, you will find unexpected items you weren’t looking for and you may be tempted to over buy. Give into that temptation, not only will you spend more than your budget, you end up with items that you do not need at all.
4: Shop for now, not later
Chances are very high that if you are buying for future possibilities you may end up not using that item at all. Avoid buying clothes that are smaller in size, thinking you will lose weight or that hat since you have foreseen yourself in a vacation come next holidays. These stores usually have a lot of items and they will likely be there when you actually need them.
5: Inspect the items carefully
It really sucks to get home and find that your new dress has a hole or a broken zipper. Be thorough in inspecting the items just to be sure what you buy is satisfactory.
6: Use tags
Check out the tags to get quality brands but don’t put a limitation to it. I have yielded favorite items from brands that I have never heard of and they served me to my satisfaction.
Looking out for clothes with new tags is a plus. They may cost more but not much as compared to the rest.
7: Ask questions
If you go to the same store often, it’s important to get information on when they rotate stock or when they get particular items that you may need. Most of them have new stock in storage or restock regularly. Getting that information enables you to plan for your next shopping.
8: Check Laundry instructions
These are washing and maintenance instructions of the clothes. Buy something you are going to take care of as per the instructions, as this helps to make it last longer and keep it looking great at all times. There is no need to buy a kshs.1800 blazer if you are not going to dry clean it.
NB. Wash the clothes when you get home
9: Get a tailor
You may actually find a dress that you actually need but maybe the waist is a little bigger. Instead of ruling out the item, consider the services of a good tailor around your area. With a little adjustment, that could be all that is needed to transform that dress to a perfect fit.
10: Enjoy the experience
Don’t go shopping when you are angry. I realized when you go for shopping all warm and happy even the seller gets hooked to your presence and assists you to find amazing stuff that you would otherwise not get when you look angry. Your bargaining experience more often than not, works to your advantage. Look at it as an adventure and a way to enjoy an afternoon when you got some time to spend and have fun with it.