I was introduced to charity shopping at a very young age and loved scouring rails for reputable brands at a pinch of their RRP. In my late teens I began selling on eBay and using this money to purchase specific items of clothing I’d loved in stores second hand. This post is just an example of some of the many pre-loved items I have and an estimation of how much money I’ve saved by not buying them new. I always buy lightly used / worn once clothing so it still has some life left in it. (All my coat hangers were collected free in New Look / Debenhams too!).
Seasalt Cardigan – This first one is a bit of a cheat. I was given this from a relative who, after many years of wear, managed to accidentally shrink it in the wash. A quick browse through their website suggests knitwear retails between £65 – £79. The higher prices being fairisle like this cardigan.
Fat Face Haywood Cardigan – RRP £49.50. I bought this is lightly worn condition from eBay for £13.90 including postage. It looked virtually new and if it bobbles I’ll run a razor over to remove them.
Orla Kiely Stem Print Top – RRP £14.90 (thanks Vogue article from 2012 when this collab with Uniqlo was released for this info!). It’s now impossible to buy tops like this new and I love the print and colours. I paid £7.75 including postage and have now collected 3 from this release.
Round Up – For these 3 items I paid £21.65 for approximately £129-143 worth of clothing. Saving £107.35-121.35.
Phase Eight Dip Dye Maxi Dress – RRP £120. I paid £7.99 including delivery for this from eBay in “immaculate condition”. It showed up with a mark on it and a small hole. I was able to wash the stain out and stitched it up. The seller gave me a full refund for mis-selling me the item so I effectively got it for free and its still wearable after my repairs.
Cath Kidston Rainbow Breton – RRP £45. Their tops are lovely thick cotton and last so well but I’m never willing to pay full price for them. I bought this one in great condition, which sold out on the CK website, for £15.53 including postage. It looked new on arrival.
Cath Kidston London Skirt – RRP £60. I fell in love with this in the store, tried searching for it in outlets a year later and then came across it on eBay in “worn once” condition. I paid £7.05 including postage and its immaculate.
Round Up – For these 3 items I paid £22.58 for approximately £225 worth of clothing. Saving £202.42
I love buying preloved as it enables me to afford better quality brands for far less. With these 6 items I saved over £300. I paid a total of £44.23 for 6 items of clothing and their delivery which averages at £7.37 per item and I love that its a more eco conscious way to shop.
If you have any preloved shopping tips please share them in the comments!