The second-hand clothing (thrifts) industry is projected to be twice the size of fast fashion by 2030. Fast fashion thrives off ‘use and dump’, excessive buying at cheap prices, but thrifting extends the life of an item by recycling. Second-hand goods are gotten from donations and sold at cheap prices. It’s no wonder they’re everywhere. 

Now if you’re considering thrifting, here are some things you should know:

  1. HYGIENE

Thrifting is not harmful. Thrifted or brand new, you should wash your clothes before use. You may be irritated by the idea of wearing someone else’s clothes but think about this—when you go for brand new items, you don’t know how many people have tried them on but because they appear clean, you don’t bother to wash them. This is wrong. Even if your thrifts don’t have that poignant, second-hand scent, ensure to give them a good wash. Your clothes are clean only when you clean them. 

  1. QUALITY

Some thrifts have missing buttons here and tears there, others are high-quality items virtually indistinguishable from brand new ones. What you get depends on what you want and how far you’ll go to get it. Be picky, be thorough. 

  1. STYLE

Because thrifts are donated by people from all walks of life, there’s something for everyone. Not only will you find clothes but also bags, shoes, accessories etc. Think of places like Yaba in Lagos or Dugbe in Ibadan. There’s almost nothing you won’t find in those markets. 

  1. STORES

Flea markets and thrift stores both offer an amazing range of goods. Although thrift stores (physical or online) tend to be more organised than flea markets, they often sell at higher prices. The goal is to cut costs. Where you shop is your preference. 

  1. NEEDS 

Due to the unbelievable pricing of thrifts, the temptation to buy everything ‘entering your eyes’ is high. Remember, thrifting is all about finding your personal style on an affordable budget. Go for needs not wants.

  1. SUSTAINABILITY 

Thrifting is paid a lot of attention because it encourages sustainable values. It does not only save money, it saves an inestimable amount of clothes from filling dumps. The least you can do is look good while contributing your quota to protecting the environment. 

Not everyone who buys thrifts does so because of financial constraints. No doubt, thrifting is effective in achieving your fashion goals while looking out for your financial goals, however, there are other advantages to buying second-hand goods. There is no downside. All you have to do is rock your second-hand items like you’re first-class royalty. Bend down, select; the only risk attached is looking bougie!

This article was written bDorcas Jola-Moses; connect with her on Instagram via here 

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