Guide to start buying second hand
Starting to buy secondhand can be difficult, especially if you are to new to it. Why?
Secondhand shops tend to be chaotic. You won’t always find what you like and if you find something you like, you then still have the right size issue.
With this blog I want to help you make the transition from fast fashion shops to secondhand shops easier by mentioning some shops to visit. I believe if you visit them in the right order it will help you, because it helped me.
Please note that during the transition you will develop the pleasure to treasure hunt. Which means: to find a beautiful piece destined for you. Finding a treasure piece will give you the best rush because there is no inventory, making the find unique. Secondhand finds are ‘guilty free’ because they are not new, the pieces are reused. Buying something that is already there, makes it better for the environment and you are not supporting modern slavery used through the mass production chains.
Very important: define first what you want to buy before you start looking so you avoid impulsive behavior which can lead to you buying something you don’t need.
This is difficult to do so be gentle with yourself. You can expect more when you have mastered secondhand shopping (I have been doing it since 2016 and sometimes I still fall into this behavior).
Ok, so here it goes, my list of shops that will help you transition from fast to secondhand fashion:
Step 1. Ginger Aardbei
This atelier is in the middle of Amsterdam and the owner, Pam, goes treasure hunting around the world, but mainly in Paris. She gets the best vintage pieces.
You can shop her collection online, but I really recommend making an appointment with her. She will help you find the best pieces suiting your style and helps you try things you have never tried. She is super experienced in finding the best look for you.
Budget: Around 50 to 130 euros per piece.
Difficulty: Easy to find treasures!
Step 2. Roxy 79
It is located east Utrecht in the Nachtengaalstraat. There you will find everything well sorted. You will have less help, but you have ready to buy outfits styled for you.
Budget: from 20 to 50 euros a piece
Difficulty: easy to medium.
Step 3. No Vintage Phobia
It is in the center of Utrecht. It is a little shop full of beautiful treasures to be hunted.
Mostly secondhand shoes, jewelry, jackets, everything you need to create a whole outfit.
There Ana, the owner, will help you find what you need which makes it super easy! You still need to have a little treasure hunting skills.
Budget: from 10 to 275 euros (Max Mara Cashmere Coat) per piece.
Step 4. Episode
It is a chain and in Utrecht, it is located by the Oudegracht. There you already need to be a master treasure hunter.
The shop has loads to search, which can become overwhelming if you don’t have your target in mind. So, before you enter define in your mind what you are looking for and keep your focus.
In between step 3 and 4 you have many degrees of difficulty according to the shop. My tip would be to enjoy step 3 as much as possible by discovering small secondhand – vintage boutiques where the owner is there to help and advise you.
I hope this guide helps you transition, and I welcome all comments or improvement you see.
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