Guest Post: Tips and Tricks for Second Hand Shopping

When Larissa asked me whether I would like to guest post on her blog about second hand shopping, I jumped at the opportunity. At my blog Almost Stylish I share loads of outfits with plenty of second hand clothes (besides vegan recipes, DIYs and photos of my cats). Not only is it a great way to buy clothes for little money but it also makes you buy clothes you wouldn’t have had in a ‘normal’ store (and it is much better for the environment and your conscience to not give your money directly to the industry of non-organic cotton cultivation and cheap labour, but this is a whole other story).

Shopping in some second hand stores is not for everyone: musty smell, sweat marks on some items and used bikinis require a certain amount of bravery. You hardly ever find what you are looking for, and then always in the wrong size. Don’t be put off by that and just go ahead. Most of the times the items will have been laundered.

Do make sure that you don’t buy half-nice items that you never end up wearing, just because they are cheap and/or less ugly in comparison to the rest. I have been to some stores where most clothes were unbearable for me and I was tempted to buy something just because it wasn’t totally terrible, but that shouldn’t be the reason for buying something, of course!

When I browse a second hand store, I often look at every single thing in there – I have developed a quick eye when looking at all the clothes. The moment I pause because I see something really nice, I know I should try it on.

Unfortunately, Germany doesn’t have many good second hand stores, at least in comparison to the UK. Over here, there are mostly second hands such as Humana that have raised their prices massively in the last few years. Of course, it is for a good cause – but who really buys a used H&M skirt for 10 €? No one. And with that, those shops shoot themselves in their own foot. But this is another topic.


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  1. Juli 3, 2016 / 9:01 pm

    Oh, hier schreibt ein wirklicher Profi, denn natürlich kenne ich “Almost Stylish” und mag diesen Blog sehr. Ja, in Deutschland gibt es leider nicht so richtig viele gute Second Hand Shops, besonders auf dem bayerischen Land sie praktisch nicht vorhanden. Deswegen kaufe ich Second Hand Mode vor allem im Internet, allerdings mit wechselndem Erfolg 🙂
    xx Rena

  2. Juli 4, 2016 / 12:28 pm

    Great tips, I love the blue dress:) Actually I’m not the best at finding treasures in second hands, but my mom is and she often buys somthing great for me. I have a lot os nice sweaters, summer tops and skirts from sh. Greetings for you and Larissa:)))

  3. Nataly Kirei Kana
    Juli 4, 2016 / 12:55 pm

    I like second hand shopping) But I rarely find there something worthy(

  4. Juli 4, 2016 / 2:19 pm

    I wish we have a lot of second hand stores in India. There are just flea markets which kind of nearly sell used clothes in shabby state. I loved the ideas, and the way she has written the post. Hats off !!
    We are enjoying the monsoons in India. Temp is around 35. But its humid and rainy. Not a good time for us until it rains.

  5. Juli 4, 2016 / 5:47 pm

    Sehr gute Tipps! Ich kaufe so gerne Second-Hand (eigentlich fast ausschließlich) und man kann dabei tatsächlich schon in einen kleinen Rausch geraten. Oder sich von einem großen Markennamen zum Kauf einer unmöglichen Bluse verführen lassen. 😉 Manchmal sind aber auch wirklich wahre Schätze zu machen! Man muss ein kleines Trüffelschwein sein und einen kühlen Kopf bewahren. 😉

  6. Juli 6, 2016 / 12:44 am

    I love this, thanks so much for sharing! You have a lovely blog too, I would love to follow each other.. let me know! x

  7. Amy Arnold
    Juli 20, 2016 / 9:43 pm

    These are great tips. I am not a very good second hand shopper, but I don’t think I have tried too hard. Just checked your blog. It’s great!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Februar 23, 2019 / 8:13 am

      Great post! That’s awesome you found something that works wonderfully for you!