Updated: Jan 29, 2022
Second hand clothes are aged, vintage, not fashionable > WRONG
Shopping second hand is an opportunity to find some items that you would not find in a regular shop where fashion is standerised and all clothes look the same. You usually fond clothes in perfect condition, even some new with tag. Off course you can find some called "vintage" but you'll mostly find clothes from regular brands or fashion designers.
Second hand clothes are dirty > WRONG
Preloved clothes have usually been washed once or multiple times. Which means that they are cleaner that clothes coming straight out form the shop. Most of the chemical have been washed away, so the clothes are actually better for your and your baby skin. Also, many thrift and second hand shop make sure they only resell clean clothes in perfect condition.
Kids prefer new clothes > WRONG
Well, maybe teenagers do so at a stage of their life where brands are important. However, what they like most of all is shopping, finding the perfect outfit for their perfect look. Plus, as a parent you might not have the finance to offer them new branded item but might find some cheaper and in perfect condition second hand. And for babies & toddlers... I do not think they care at all... I think what's important for them is to have comfortable clothes to explore their little word. New or not, they don't care.
Buying second hand clothes help slowing down climate change > TRUE
Did you know that an average of 2700 liters of water are needed to fabric 1 T-Shirt...??? Yes, 2700 liters of water. 27 Million tons of cotton are produced every year. The same as 27 T-Shirt for every inhabitant of planet Earth. So, when you buy something second hand that already exist and do not require more energy or resource you are acting for the planet. PreLoved Fashion is a good way to slow down climate change.
PreLoved Clothes are cheaper than new > TRUE
Off course! Anyway, it should but some brands manage to resell new clothes for so cheap, you can even wonder how they do a margin or pay the people who makes the clothes. Then, it is a personal choice or challenge to resist buying some very cheap new clothes and swap to second hand for ethical reason. And if you look at branded clothes, like in our "Designer Corner" https://www.prelovedressing.ie/luxury-brands, branded clothes are resell with an average of 60/75% cheaper than new in shop. This is a real opportunity to treat yourself without exploding your budget.
Second hand is for poor people only > WRONG
If you are wealthy, you might think twice before buying second hand as you're guessing if someone less lucky than you does not deserve it more. Don't worry, there are enough second hand stuff out there for everyone. Even if second hand is cheaper, at some point it is not about the money but more about a lifestyle. Anyone and everyone is allowed to swap to second hand to help fighting climate change but also sweat shops, slavery, child labor....
When buying second hand I have no satisfaction guaranteed > WRONG
If you purchase a second hand item from a professional shop, you are covered with the same right as when you're buying new. Off course, this works only when you purchase from a business, it might be trickier if you buy from a market place. I know for a fact that us in PreLoveDressing.ie or our peers of "Flopsy shop" or "Lovely Things by Laura" really care about customers satisfaction. And if you are not happy with a purchase, we'll do everything we can to change that.
So, if we resume, Second Hand is definitely worth it. For clothes, toys, books, furniture... Like "Cocomelon"'s song: "What's old to me is new to you". Buying second hand is more a question of ethics and wanting the world to change more than an economic move. Second hand is for every one and will hopefully continue to grow.
If you want to dig further in the subject, I would recommend you to have a look at this page "The World Count" about cotton production. Now, I have to warn you, it might be disturbing: https://www.theworldcounts.com/challenges/consumption/clothing/world-cotton-production-statistics/story
I also share this interesting video about "The life Cycle of a T-Shirt" from "The Conscious Club" (https://www.theconsciouschallenge.org/ecologicalfootprintbibleoverview/water-clothing#:~:text=To%20produce%20just%20one%20cotton%20shirt%20requires%20approximately,water%20annually%2C%20representing%204%25%20of%20global%20freshwater%20withdrawal.)
As usual, this blog article is only the reflection of my own thought on a subject that's matter for me. There is no sponsorship from any of the mentioned shop, website or blog. You can agree or disagree with us and feel free to share the article to raise awareness around you. Mathilde.