I’ve never really been a big second-hand shopper, preferring the relative luxury of buying new. Even when I was at uni I always chose to buy new on the high street over second-hand. I remember some of my friends would find amazing bargains in charity shops. However, I just couldn’t get past the messy layout and dare I say it the stuffy smell.
As I’ve learnt more about where our clothes come from and the social and environmental damage the fashion industry is doing I’ve come to realise that the best option for adding to your wardrobe is second-hand clothes. I’m not saying I’ll ever be one of those super confident dressers wearing head to toe charity shop bargains but I’d like to start exploring second-hand fashion. I want my wardrobe to be a mix of ethical fashion, second-hand and quality clothes from the high street.
With this in mind I’ve been reading In The Jumble: The joys of finding, buying and wearing second-hand clothes by Victoria Lochhead. This book is perfect for anyone like me who is a little wary of buying second-hand. Victoria takes you by the hand and guides you step by step through the world of second-hand clothes. And yes she even tells you how to handle that charity shop smell. From why you should shop second-hand, to creating a game plan, to where to shop and how to care for your clothes Victoria answers all your questions on charity shopping. This was such an easy book to read (I managed it in one sitting) it feels like your having a cuppa and a chat. Victoria is so relatable and her story is so familiar, I highly recommend giving this a read.
After reading this book I’m feeling really inspired to get out there and check out my local charity shops. Over the next month or two, I will be starting to plan for my spring wardrobe so expect a few charity shop purchases in my next capsule wardrobe. But in the meantime, I wanted to share 10 of my favourite tips from In The Jumble which I will be using when I hit the second-hand shops for the first time.
Disclaimer: The book was sent to me for the purposes of review. As usual, all thoughts and opinions are my own