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MSE blog: Save on BRAND-NEW clothes... by buying second-hand

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edited 18 April 2023 at 1:17PM in Old style MoneySaving
MSE Olivia has whipped up a new blog:

Save on brand-new clothes by buying second-hand
Eg, £197 bodysuit £6, £36 Asos dress £3

Find out how to pay wee prices for unworn items that still have tags on. Ultimately, save money and promote sustainability.

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  • Our local sports club has joined Grassboots.club - it’s an app for cheap sports wear, boots, tops etc there are bargains.
    the club members donate secondhand items to their clubs  dedicated marketplace and then other members can buy cheap stuff. I bought a pair of Nike Astros for £2.50. Secondhand.
    the club gets money from the sale too. 
    Another avenue for cheap stuff… worth seeing if your club would join.
  • Me_v_The_Mortgage_Mountain
    Me_v_The_Mortgage_Mountain Posts: 336 Forumite
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    edited 28 April 2023 at 1:24PM
    Our local British Red Cross shop has rails of brand new items from Zara.  I recently got a white stain shirt for £15.99 (instead of the £35.99 I was going to pay for one off of the Zara website) and a t-shirt with shoulder pads for £9.99.  There were lots of lovely dresses etc but sadly none of them fitted my daughter.

    I have recently started using Vinted, both buying and selling and it is great, the postage options are so easy too.
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  • Glad
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    One of the charity shops in Tywyn has a rail of new Zara clothes too :)
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  • Pollycat
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    edited 24 April 2023 at 8:50AM
    I've bought from charity shops for many years and have had some amazing bargains both used and new.
    I've bought and sold on eBay for almost 20 years and have recently started looking at Vinted.
    I've noticed some sellers on Vinted describe their item as 'new' and then go on to say 'worn once'.
    That - imho - is naughty.
    Worn is not new.

    From the OP's blog:
    If you're using an online platform such as Vinted or Depop and you know what you want, then the most obvious way to find the brand-new stuff will be to look at the photos that the sellers have included to see if you can spot any tags. 
    A good seller will advertise an item that is still 'BNIB - brand new in box' or 'BNWT' (brand new with tags) and include photos to prove that. It's the sensible thing to do to maximise your chance of a sale. 

    Oxfam used to have M&S clothes but I'm not sure if they still do (I don't visit Oxfam much as they seem to have lost the plot with lots of 'new' goods, like chocolate, coffee etc).
    Age UK have had new Ted Baker items, but usually in small sizes.

    I think the key to finding bargains in charity shops is to visit regularly.
    Of course, not everybody can afford the time to do that.

  • Mistral001
    Mistral001 Posts: 5,348 Forumite
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    edited 25 April 2023 at 9:51AM
    Pollycat said:
    I've bought from charity shops for many years and have had some amazing bargains both used and new.
    I've bought and sold on eBay for almost 20 years and have recently started looking at Vinted.
    I've noticed some sellers on Vinted describe their item as 'new' and then go on to say 'worn once'.
    That - imho - is naughty.
    Worn is not new.

    From the OP's blog:
    If you're using an online platform such as Vinted or Depop and you know what you want, then the most obvious way to find the brand-new stuff will be to look at the photos that the sellers have included to see if you can spot any tags. 
    A good seller will advertise an item that is still 'BNIB - brand new in box' or 'BNWT' (brand new with tags) and include photos to prove that. It's the sensible thing to do to maximise your chance of a sale. 

    Oxfam used to have M&S clothes but I'm not sure if they still do (I don't visit Oxfam much as they seem to have lost the plot with lots of 'new' goods, like chocolate, coffee etc).
    Age UK have had new Ted Baker items, but usually in small sizes.

    I think the key to finding bargains in charity shops is to visit regularly.
    Of course, not everybody can afford the time to do that.

    I totally agree with this.  Do not expect to buy something every time you go into a charity shop or even if you go to several charity shops, say in the town centre during a shopping trip, do not expect to get something that is suitable in any of them.  Yes not everybody can afford the time, but I have in my head the things that I need, so I do not usually browse through the whole shop and can be in and out of a chaity shop in a few minutes. 
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