:: Vintage Scarves at the Love Vintage Show ::
One discussion which began on an Australian facebook group, completely unrelated to secondhand shopping, which started with the following, in response to a photograph of another person's recent thrifty fashion find:
"I like the idea of op-shopping, both the cheap and the re-cycling parts, but when it actually comes down to it, I do not like shopping enough to trawl through hundreds of old, faded, wrong size, wrong style clothes in order to find the 2 bargains that suit and fit me"
Another conversation I had in person with a lovely writer at a bloggers conference today mentioned that she buys her clothes second hand, but does not particularly enjoy haggling when shopping at pre loved markets, instead enjoying the anonymity of bidding for clothes on eBay.
I can understand from both perspectives, but have to admit that I do I love a good rummage, finding a gem in the rough. To me, the thrill of the chase is part of the fun, perhaps more than finding a specific special branded item.
Pre-loved Clothing Purchases from Round She Goes Market
However, I do understand the rummage is certainly not for everyone, some are bothered by musty smells in thrift stores, others are put off my crowds at flea markets.
To be brutally honest, I am not particularly fond of garage sales. I won't say no to a garage sale, and have found a few bargains along my journeys, but I really don't enjoy rummaging amongst other people's unwanted goods in their own front yards, it feels rather odd and a little intrusive to me. I find it particularly uncomfortable when I am the only person present at the garage sale, so make polite chit chat, and then almost feel obliged to buy something I don't really need, because I feel bad to walk away without anything.
:: Yard Sale Sign seen on Fork in My Eye ::
So going back to the comments I've heard recently, I get it, I really do. In our time poor society, if we are going to buy secondhand clothing, we have to feel comfortable about doing so.
We're pretty lucky though, to have alternative options to the rummage if we choose not too; eBay and etsy are perfect examples of ways in which we can buy recycled fashion with the click of a button.
We need not limit ourselves to musty op shops either; clothing swap events, consignment stores and vintage fashion retail stores require minimal haggling, and limited rummaging in between tit-tat.
And lets be honest, some of the larger chain recycled shops such as Salvos (Salvation Army) or Savers, do tend to be a little more organised, and easier to find clothing in your size and style than some of the smaller charitable shops.
:: Salvos Hampton ::
I am leading another op shop tour in a few weeks from now. Usually, op shopping participants do not mind the type of shop we visit, but I do like to mix it up with smaller parish op shops (my personal favourites), with some of the larger chains for a different thrifty shopping perspective.
:: Op Shop Brighton ::
So my question to you readers, is whether you prefer to rummage in markets or smaller thrift stores, whether you prefer the comfort of shopping in larger thrift stores, consignment shops and vintage stores, or the anonymity of shopping for secondhand fashion online?
To rummage or not to rummage? that is the question!
PS. Please do check out our current giveaway of two amazing ethically made, fair trade t-shirts up for grabs from Humanitees.