The Joy Of Shopping Second Hand

Shopping second hand isn't something that I'm new to. During my university days, my housemates and I would scour the local charity shops in the hope that one day we might find a Leica that someone had donated but sadly that never happened. In the past couple of months, I've been slowly getting back into shopping in vintage and charity shops and found so much joy in it. I'm excited to tell you more about some of the absolute gems that are to be had and why it's so awesome.  

WHERE

Charity shops are the easiest and most obvious way to find something preloved. But you can also find some awesome things at vintage fairs and car boot sales but those things aren't as readily available, especially in the cooler months. I've found that charity shops in city centres are more likely to hold more expensive items but of course, there are always exceptions to the rule. Preloved and refurbished furniture stores are also perfect if you've just moved into a new place. Whilst places like IKEA are lovely often you can find things that are much higher quality for less money. And of course, then you're getting something pretty unique. 

WHAT TO BUY 

Here are some of my favourite things to buy second hand: 

  • Furniture. 
  • Craft supplies.
  • Paintings.
  • Mirrors. 
  • Books, especially cookbooks. 
  • Handbags.
  • Oversized mens jumpers & cardigans. 
  • Cameras. 
  • Jewellery. 

WHY? 

From a young age, my mum always took my sister and I to car boot sales. So the concept and process of shopping second hand is something that I've grown up around. Which is something I'm incredibly grateful for. The saying that one mans trash is another mans treasure is so true. And shopping second hand really is like your own personal treasure hunt and the satisfaction of finding something awesome is second to none. It's great to be able to give something a new lease of life and it's also something that helps our environment as we're not chucking so much away. I also personally love the combination of new and old throughout the home as I find those pieces can often be a lot more interesting and tell their own story. 

Are you a fan of shopping second hand?

R x

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