Camille Styles

6 Things I Learned from a Year of Second-Hand Shopping

January 26th, 2018

Last year when I set a goal to only shop secondhand for one year, I didn’t fully believe that I could keep it up. I’ve put myself on shopping bans before but never for anything as long as a year. For the first few months of 2017 I just didn’t shop at all, but then I started to find my feet in the world of secondhand shopping. Here’s what I learned from one whole year of buying nothing new.

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  1. Rena says:

    I see you are really a pro now in second hand shopping! Thanks for sharing your experience!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  2. Dalal says:

    I love vintage shopping, I’ve been almost exclusively doing that during the last year. I found new clothes in common stores such as Zara and co so overprice quality wise and I don’t get excited by them anymore. Definitely sharing this article, a very interesting read. I would love to see a haul of what you got… 🙂

  3. Kristina says:

    Those are some great tips! I never really check if what I am about to buy is already being sold online second hand. I’ll definitely try it out. Can you please do a blog post on your finds? 🙂 <3

    XX- Kristina |

  4. Becca says:

    This is so helpful! I’ve been leaning towards shopping second-hand as well because of the environmental impact of producing new clothes. I would love to hear some of your favorite spots around Austin for second-hand shopping!

  5. Kathy Decoste says:

    Hi Ifound your story on thrift store and second hand shoping very interesting. This is something I have done my entire life. Ipassed it on to my daughters as my mom did with me my grand dad was a thrift store shopper it was like an adventure we would go on with something in mind and come home with all kinds of treasures.. good on you very interesting. Kathy

  6. Fantastic read and excellent tips! I always forget to look for new things on eBay or other online retailers! Thanks for the reminder!
    – Vanessa of V-Style

  7. Christine says:

    I went without shopping for any clothes at all for over a year. Most of my wardrobe has been what I’ve held onto since high school, hand-me-downs from my mom, or clothes I found in a bag in my old garage that my old roommates must have left behind. It forced me to be creative with what I already had and give real thought to what I really needed or wanted to add to my closet to complete my own personal style. I finally went to Goodwill this past weekend and milled through a ton of stuff to make sure I got the best quality items that I could match with anything.

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  9. Natalie says:

    I love second hand clothes shopping. I need to do it more often as I don’t do it enough!

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