I’ve never really been good at secondhand shopping. We never did it growing up, which is how a lot of people get their “thrifting” skills I think. We shopped at Loehmann’s, TJ Maxx, Marshall’s, and Jacobsen’s on sale, so we were definitely sale/discount shoppers, although my mother believed in sticking with brands that worked for her and buying those at a discount when possible, but full-price if necessary. Her brand was always Liz Claiborne petites. Mine is, of course, James Perse.
When my friends in Austin and I had our vintage/secondhand pop-up shop, I tried my hand at thrifting and secondhand shopping, sometimes doing well at the moment, but after all my closet clean-out iterations, I have 0 of the items I “thrifted” or bought secondhand left. Zero. And I always found the whole process to be really overwhelming and not fun at all.
So now that I have SLOWRE, I’m not so much shopping secondhand as having it delivered to me! I actually make it a point to not purchase things that come through for the shop because I don’t see that as fair, somehow, but this Dagg & Stacey top has a minor stain on it that wouldn’t come out, so I couldn’t sell it, and bought it for myself. It’s usually reserved for at home wear, but yesterday I ended up wearing it to run a couple of errands.
Part of what I’m trying to create with SLOWRE is a curated shopping experience, one that I would personally feel comfortable shopping – somewhere I don’t have to work so hard to find just the right thing. I don’t mind the hunt, because I love not knowing what treasure I’m going to find, but it has to be at the right place – I don’t like to sort through too much crap to find the good stuff. I don’t want to be the next Poshmark or The Real Real, I just want to be SLOWRE: a marketplace for pre-loved, thoughtfully created, more responsible clothing, shoes & accessories for women.
Do you shop secondhand? How often? How does it turn out for you? is most of your wardrobe secondhand? Do you then sell secondhand as well? (if you’re looking to unload any more thoughtfully produced clothing, shoes or accessories, please do consider SLOWRE for your consignment needs!!)