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Resale is the new black

Resale is the new black

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Like vintage, shopping resale can be difficult to navigate, but that’s why we’re here!

Like vintage, shopping resale can be difficult to navigate, but that’s why we’re here!

Resale is the new black
When fashion fans hear the word transitional, we think of light jackets you can wear year-round, but many of us are going through a different type of transition: Lifestyles, not seasons. If you are actively trying to consume more sustainably, you'll already know how hard it can be to find yourself suddenly in need of a new pair of pants. Want to leave fast fashion behind, but don't quite have the budget for your favourite slow fashion brands and local designers? Renting is always an option, but what about when you need new staples? Welcome to the wonderful world of resale!

If you think resale is just another word for vintage, think again. Resale attracts more quality clothing, contemporary design, accessories, and designer brands because it was born in the world of luxury goods, not fast fashion or mainstream retail. Some modern e-commerce companies have been built on resale, like Vestiaire Collective and Fashionphile, specialising in lightly worn and difficult to find luxury items. There are also peer-to-peer sites like Poshmark, ThredUp and Depop, which allow people with good taste (including a lot of bloggers and fashion editors) to make money selling cool clothes, even without deep pockets.

Like vintage, shopping resale can be difficult to navigate, but it becomes pretty easy once you get into the swing of it. There are a few different ways to go about navigating resale, and they are all easy ways to save on cash, help the planet, and maybe make some money selling items of your own.

Keep these 3 rules in mind when shopping resale

1. If it’s designer, buy it from a business that authenticates and possibly guarantees originality. No one wants to pay Chanel money if it’s definitely not Chanel.

2. If it’s a peer-to-peer platform, ask lots of questions and negotiate your price! Things like visible damage you may need to repair, how often it’s been worn, or a care label confirming that something is 100% silk can all factor into how much you end up paying.

3. As with any other way to shop, buy only what you will love and wear, don't rush it, and have fun!

Now that you’re primed and prepped, here are a few fun ways to shop resale

1. Private sales on social media. If you like fashion, and you have Instagram, you probably follow a few people with great style. More and more, people are using Instagram to clear their closets when they relocate or even just move across town, so keep an eye out for lightly worn gems at great prices. The jacket of your dreams could be waiting for you in a friend of a friend's Instagram story. It will take much more patience and a little more work, but you may also find something interesting on Facebook Market.

2. Markets & swaps. When they’re not on stories, they’re at weekend markets. Sometimes the markets are on stories too, because Instagram is where fashion congregates these days! Ask around for upcoming markets in your area. Curated pop ups have become increasingly popular, but on somewhat of a hiatus as a result of Covid-19. The beginning of 2020 saw the launch of the regular Swish Swap Clothes Swap in Manchester, and you can check the Eventbrite clothes swapping webpage for pop ups in your area. The Dress Change cleverly organises a mix of online and offline swapping events. Fingers crossed these events will open back up in a few months, and in the meantime a Friday night zoom clothes swap with friends anyone?

3. Appy shopping. Get a quick fix with slow fashion by downloading the increasing number of clothes swapping apps. A very straightforward app is Swopped, which allows you to take photos of your clothes for credit evaluation. From there you get credits for your items, which can be used to buy other pieces on the app. There’s also Rehash, which allows you to trade directly with the buyer of your clothes rather than sending them off to a central location, and the Vinted app which accompanies the company’s extensive clothes swapping website. Also check out Nuw, a swapping site that allows you to loan or pass on pieces rather than leaving them to stagnate in your wardrobe.

4. Bonus: Go old school! As easy as it can be flicking through resale items online, try not to forget your local charity shop and the gems to be found rummaging. Oxfam in particular has proven its style credentials, showing select items at London Fashion Week and working with style icons such as writer and actor Michaela Cole to advertise this year’s Second Hand September campaign. Oxfam also has a website where you can purchase resale, but don’t forget to check the wide variety of charity shops on your local high street.

When fashion fans hear the word transitional, we think of light jackets you can wear year-round, but many of us are going through a different type of transition: Lifestyles, not seasons. If you are actively trying to consume more sustainably, you'll already know how hard it can be to find yourself suddenly in need of a new pair of pants. Want to leave fast fashion behind, but don't quite have the budget for your favourite slow fashion brands and local designers? Renting is always an option, but what about when you need new staples? Welcome to the wonderful world of resale!

If you think resale is just another word for vintage, think again. Resale attracts more quality clothing, contemporary design, accessories, and designer brands because it was born in the world of luxury goods, not fast fashion or mainstream retail. Some modern e-commerce companies have been built on resale, like Vestiaire Collective and Fashionphile, specialising in lightly worn and difficult to find luxury items. There are also peer-to-peer sites like Poshmark, ThredUp and Depop, which allow people with good taste (including a lot of bloggers and fashion editors) to make money selling cool clothes, even without deep pockets.

Like vintage, shopping resale can be difficult to navigate, but it becomes pretty easy once you get into the swing of it. There are a few different ways to go about navigating resale, and they are all easy ways to save on cash, help the planet, and maybe make some money selling items of your own.

Keep these 3 rules in mind when shopping resale

1. If it’s designer, buy it from a business that authenticates and possibly guarantees originality. No one wants to pay Chanel money if it’s definitely not Chanel.

2. If it’s a peer-to-peer platform, ask lots of questions and negotiate your price! Things like visible damage you may need to repair, how often it’s been worn, or a care label confirming that something is 100% silk can all factor into how much you end up paying.

3. As with any other way to shop, buy only what you will love and wear, don't rush it, and have fun!

Now that you’re primed and prepped, here are a few fun ways to shop resale

1. Private sales on social media. If you like fashion, and you have Instagram, you probably follow a few people with great style. More and more, people are using Instagram to clear their closets when they relocate or even just move across town, so keep an eye out for lightly worn gems at great prices. The jacket of your dreams could be waiting for you in a friend of a friend's Instagram story. It will take much more patience and a little more work, but you may also find something interesting on Facebook Market.

2. Markets & swaps. When they’re not on stories, they’re at weekend markets. Sometimes the markets are on stories too, because Instagram is where fashion congregates these days! Ask around for upcoming markets in your area. Curated pop ups have become increasingly popular, but on somewhat of a hiatus as a result of Covid-19. The beginning of 2020 saw the launch of the regular Swish Swap Clothes Swap in Manchester, and you can check the Eventbrite clothes swapping webpage for pop ups in your area. The Dress Change cleverly organises a mix of online and offline swapping events. Fingers crossed these events will open back up in a few months, and in the meantime a Friday night zoom clothes swap with friends anyone?

3. Appy shopping. Get a quick fix with slow fashion by downloading the increasing number of clothes swapping apps. A very straightforward app is Swopped, which allows you to take photos of your clothes for credit evaluation. From there you get credits for your items, which can be used to buy other pieces on the app. There’s also Rehash, which allows you to trade directly with the buyer of your clothes rather than sending them off to a central location, and the Vinted app which accompanies the company’s extensive clothes swapping website. Also check out Nuw, a swapping site that allows you to loan or pass on pieces rather than leaving them to stagnate in your wardrobe.

4. Bonus: Go old school! As easy as it can be flicking through resale items online, try not to forget your local charity shop and the gems to be found rummaging. Oxfam in particular has proven its style credentials, showing select items at London Fashion Week and working with style icons such as writer and actor Michaela Cole to advertise this year’s Second Hand September campaign. Oxfam also has a website where you can purchase resale, but don’t forget to check the wide variety of charity shops on your local high street.

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