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Second Hand Clothes

Have you ever bought second hand clothes?

  • Yes

    Votes: 37 90.2%
  • No, but I would like to

    Votes: 1 2.4%
  • No, I wouldn't buy either

    Votes: 3 7.3%

  • Total voters
    41

bhammond

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When I was younger, most of my wardrobe was from resale shops. Partially because I had no money but mainly because I could find interesting things; nubby, raw silk jackets, fuzzy mohair sweaters, silver sharkskin suits. This was, of course, before the interwebs helped make global resale and vintage clothing so accessible and competitive. Knowledge of environmental impact has increased its importance (feel good factor) for me but I think it still goes back to finding interesting things (relatively) cheaply. I'll always do a double-take on old Gaultier and really old Givenchy. I don't thrift much anymore but I have a number of sellers on the standard set of sites I watch (including @SpooPoker).
 

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When I was younger, most of my wardrobe was from resale shops. Partially because I had no money but mainly because I could find interesting things; nubby, raw silk jackets, fuzzy mohair sweaters, silver sharkskin suits. This was, of course, before the interwebs helped make global resale and vintage clothing so accessible and competitive. Knowledge of environmental impact has increased its importance (feel good factor) for me but I think it still goes back to finding interesting things (relatively) cheaply. I'll always do a double-take on old Gaultier and really old Givenchy. I don't thrift much anymore but I have a number of sellers on the standard set of sites I watch (including @SpooPoker).
Appreciate that and have a killer and rare set of vintage Gaultier coming up in November!
 

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Coats, sport coats, and sweaters - yes. No to everything else, especially shoes.
 

Davewillbox

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When I was at university I thrifted quite a lot. However where I live in Brisbane there isn't a lot of quality gear in the second hand stores, so now it's mostly online. I'd put the ability to purchase quality second hand gear online as one of the main reasons I'm now interested in menswear. Over the past 10 years it's allowed me to try new styles and explore brands I'd likely never have done otherwise.
 

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The stigma against thrift stores usually stems, IME, from the thought of wearing something that someone else has worn to bits - or unfashionable clothing options that might make it seem like one cannot afford new clothes.

What most fail to realize is that there are so many perfectly good, like-new clothes that are just given away all the time, or at worst they have easily repairable issues like a torn seam, etc.

As for the last worry, sometimes the older things are the better-made or even more fashionable ones these days. The trick is being able to spot the good from the bad.
 

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Thank you very much for your answers

Another question!
Do you prefer to buy it on the internet or a physical store?
 

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I have bought a lot of used stuff online (thanks Spoo!), but only one pair of boots (Wolverine 1000 Mile). There is something of an ick factor when it coems to shoes/boots, in part because feet are smelly, and because they can't be washed like other items. Most of my recent purchases have been used. I have bought knitwear, jackets, a few shirts, and a couple of pairs of trousers used. Oh, and my favourite ever garment, a Norwegian Rain DB, for £109! I buy because its environmentally better, and I can get great quality barely-used stuff (I don't think that the Norwegian Rain had ever been worn, for instance) at a fraction of the retail price. I could probably afford to buy that kind of stuff new but I wouldn't - it feels like too much money and not good value. Buying used allows me to indulge my desire to buy clothes more affordably and with less guilt.

I'd prefer to buy physical but there are not many shops which have the range of high-quality menswear, and I'm certainly not going shopping in person during a pandemic! So it is almost entirely online.
 

willyto

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I buy second hand clothes all the time. Literally. From 100 years old to current production. Why would I pay full price for something I can't afford if I can find it for peanuts somewhere else? I would like to buy new and full price but I can't so I hunt for second hand clothes from the brands I like but are way too expensive and buy full price for those I want to support and can afford even if it takes some effort.
 

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