Master the jungle of second-hand

 

Even though it’s not a new trend hitting the market, it’s definitely here to stay. Purchasing second hand will always be a sustainable way of approaching the fast pasted fashion industry. Already produced items and upcycling pieces of clothing will reduce the footprint since a huge negative segment comes from the constant new productions. About 150 billion pieces of clothing are produced each year. It’s always a conscious option to avoid tons of water, virgin materials and chemicals – when searching for second-hand you simply take a step in the right direction.

Sharing a few tips for your next second-hand shopping experience:

  • Write down a wishlist or specific items you are searching for prior going to a shop or market. This way you can narrow it down a little and specify what you actually need in your wardrobe.
  •  Be open-minded. Don’t lock yourself to specific segments, if you find that to-die-for coat or sweater, then go for it. When a piece of clothing speaks to you, you should respond, or at least try it out.
  • Creativity will also help out a great deal. Even if a gorgeous jacket is a little too big, ask yourself- can I redesign it or make it a little smaller? This is also something to bear in mind when it comes to pieces that might be a little broken here and there- if it’s not too worn down, you might be able to bargain the price and fix it back home or leave it to a sewer. A “sustainable mindset” when shopping should be a little harsher – if you are not in love, don’t purchase it! But this is the right time to be a little bolder and let the creativity flow.
  • Search for statement and unique pieces – this is the right place to find one of a kind jackets, jewelry and so on.
  • Be a little conscious with stains and smells – there are ways to deal with this but sometimes it doesn’t work out- so don’t waste too much money. Handing over your delicate clothing to a dry cleaner is always a good idea when you want to deal with smelly clothes. However, for clothing suitable washing at home, there is a little trick with vinegar. Fill a spray bottle with undiluted distilled white vinegar and keep it on hand in the laundry room to remove perspiration odor and stains on washable clothing. Spray the vinegar directly on the fabric on the inside of the underarm areas before tossing the garment into the washing machine. Allow it to work for at least ten minutes before washing. If the fabric feels stiff, use a soft-bristled brush to break up the residue. The vinegar will help to cut through residual deodorant left on clothing and prevent underarm yellowing.

And hey – I’ll be selling lots of clothes and accessories at Veras Market in Copenhagen Sunday the 30/9-  stop by, check it out and get the chance to shop items from Betsey Johnson, Marc Jacobs, RH Studio, Armoire Officelle and Nygårdsanna (and lots more). Its also an interior design theme on this specific Sunday – so there is something for everyone!

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