Have you tried secondhand shopping yet? Whether you choose to op shop (thrift store), head to markets on a weekend, or trawl secondhand marketplaces online, there are huge benefits to buying secondhand rather than new (hint – it’s good for the planet!). For this post, I invited the lovely Sarah Bando of Jumping Jack to contribute her top 10 reasons why you should make the switch to secondhand.
Sarah was inspired to create Jumping Jack, an online marketplace for Australian parents to buy and sell secondhand baby, kids and maternity clothes, after the birth of her first child, when she realised just how quickly babies and kids (and pregnant bellies) grow – and outgrow their clothes.
Sarah is determined to make a difference for the next generation by cutting out unnecessary textile waste and reducing the need for fast fashion items. She has teamed up with some amazing charity partners, giving customers the option to donate their profits to a cause and even offers a ‘Clean out Bag’ service for people who don’t have time to list their products but would like to see someone else get use out of them. Just amazing!
So let’s hear Sarah’s 10 reasons to shop secondhand and see if they can inspire you to give it a try!
It’s better for the environment.
This is by far one of the biggest benefits of choosing to shop secondhand.
Fashion is the second most pollutive industry in the world, next to oil. Fast fashion and the throw away culture are also having a huge impact on our planet.
So, how does shopping secondhand help? If you simply extend the life of a single item of clothing by a further 9 months, you can decrease the carbon footprint of the item by up to 90%. How amazing is that?!
Shopping pre-loved, gently-used items also reduces the manufacturing demands on new products and keeps more items out of landfill.
It’s fun! Enjoy the thrill of the hunt.
There is always something new to be found when shopping secondhand!
Finding that one-of-a-kind item or your must-have bargain pieces can be exhilarating. With an endless supply of unique items available, along with that feel-good feeling of knowing you are buying better, you will love shopping secondhand for your next outfit.
Shopping secondhand helps you to save money and the environment!
Shopping secondhand helps your money stretch much further. Shopping for pre-loved items means that prices are much lower than you would find in stores, even for those items that are new with tags or barely used!
Seasons don’t matter.
Never be at the mercy of the seasonal trends in retail stores again! Now you can shop for whatever you need, whenever you need!
This is handy if you are shopping for an event that is out of season so clothing is unavailable in the stores. Or perhaps you need to travel overseas or interstate and need to stock up on warm or cooler clothes and can’t find what you need in a ‘brand new’ store.
It’s your chance to get creative.
Because you will always find something new and different when shopping secondhand, it gives you a chance to get a little creative!
You can reimagine styles and combinations that you may not have previously worn. Plus, you might even find some items that you can upcycle into something that you prefer. Your options are endless!
Shopping for items that are either being sold or donated by other people means that items often extend far beyond what is currently available in the shops. You can find some unique brands, styles and colours.
You can score those hard-to-find items for school, parties, or even costumes!
If you need to update your kids’ wardrobes, or find those special items for your growing bump and baby, you can find some amazing items on Jumping Jack!
Develop a sense of curiosity.
This is something that all secondhand shoppers will agree on, and that is that you will develop a sense of curiosity, always wondering what you will find next!
When you find that special item, you may find yourself wondering or imagining where it has come from, and what its story is. And let’s face it, you could never get that kind of excitement and wonder from shopping in your regular retail store!
Develop your sense of style and self-expression.
Shopping for those one of a kind items not only gives you a chance to develop your own sense of style, you can also feel good knowing that it’s likely you’ll also be the only one wearing it! You’ll develop your self-expression and truly stand out in the crowd!
You can give your old clothes a new life.
Now I’m sure you are excited about all the amazing reasons to shop secondhand, but it’s also worth considering what you plan to do with your clothes that you no longer need.
We all know that giving an item a new life is by far the best option around, so why not do a closet clean-out and give those clothes a new life with somebody who’d love to have them. There are plenty of donation centres and op shops in all areas that are often looking for donations of old clothing and household items or why not do a clothes swap with friends?
You may also be keen to try your hand at selling your items to earn some spare pocket money!
You can sell your secondhand baby, kids and maternity items on Jumping Jack to give them a new life. You can also choose to donate the profits of some (or all) of your clothes to charity on Jumping Jack to help use your old clothes for a cause!
Save your time and money for the things that matter.
There’s no doubt that shopping secondhand can help your purse, the planet and can be lots of fun. There is nothing like that feeling of finding that perfect bargain!
You may also notice when you start shopping secondhand that the more you do, the more you realise what really matters.
What is produced and promoted in seasonal trends will quickly go out of style. Shopping for, and finding, items that truly reflect your personal style will last longer, save your money, and create confidence in your own style.
I hope these super fun reasons to shop secondhand have inspired you to give it a go!
Jumping Jack is a local, family-focused business which makes the whole process of selling secondhand clothing super simple for busy families.
You can choose to list your own products for sale using the sell product form, or send your clothes to Jumping Jack using the ‘Clean Out Bag’ service and have them sell them for you!
This is a game changer service for busy families who just don’t have the time to sell their clothes, but who still want to give their outgrown clothes a new life with another family.
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