Truth be told, we all have, in one point or the other, purchased second hand clothes, or still prefer second hand clothes to new ones. So I’m going to be giving you tips on buying quality second hand clothes (Okrika or Gwanjo). I’m not saying new clothes are not appealing or nicer. But the problem is, many fake or low quality new clothes are in circulation. Most especially in my country (Nigeria), that’s why most of us prefer second hand clothes, to new ones, secondly, if you get an original new clothe, it’ll be very expensive for an average person to afford. Most especially in Nigeria.
I think shopping second hand clothes from ‘bend down select’ is the best place to find fun seasonal, and trending clothes for cheap and affordable prices!
But, it can be really tricky to navigate the waters. So the question now is; how do you know if you’re buying a quality piece?
Check the fabric. What is the fabric made of? purchase clothes made from 100 percent natural fibers, such as wool, linen, cotton, and silk. Avoid synthetic fibers because they are man-made from non-renewable resources and are treated heavily with chemicals. Avoid polyester. Polyester is plastic. It’s not breathable, and it will make you sweat. You’ll have to consistently wash your clothes.
Look for Quality and good condition. Because of how cheap the clothes may be sold at, people tend to make mistakes by choosing clothes with low quality and in bad condition. It’s better to go with few good quality clothes than many bad ones. so apply a critical eye when buying used clothes. look for well-constructed clothing, paying attention to stitching, seams, closures, and hems. only buy clothes in excellent condition and leave behind anything threadbare, stained, ripped, or pilled.
Buy the right size. I can’t remember how many times I’ve found an item I loved, but it was too big. I take it home with thoughts of either taking it to a tailor or wearing it over-sized. Sometimes it works for me, and sometimes I’d wish I didn’t even take it, or rather given it to a friend that I know it’ll fit perfectly on. But it’s still better to buy the size that fits.
Feel the weight of the clothes. Feel the weight of the fabric and hold it up to the light. Thinner fabrics just aren’t going to wear as well as thicker fabrics. Fabrics shouldn’t be see through. (unless it’s intentionally see through) But, you shouldn’t have to wear a tank underneath a t-shirt to avoid people seeing your bra.
Always try it on. I’ve made this mistake more times than I’d like to admit. Sometimes markets and shops don’t have changing rooms, but if you buy cheap items that don’t fit, it’ll soon add up. Sizes vary widely between manufactures and eras. If you can’t find a place to try it on, make sure to know your size, then check the label for the the size of the clothes, if it’s your size, you can buy it without trying it. I’ll make an article on various manufacturers and country size. Just in case you don’t understand how to relate your size and the manufacturer’s.
Whatever you buy, make sure you clean it immediately. Drop it off at the dry cleaner on your way home or put it into the laundry machine the second you walk through the door. Don’t wait. You don’t know where it has been.
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