Selling your clothes, shoes and handbags are such a great way to give new life to items that you no longer use. It’s like passing on the love to someone who will appreciate them just as much as you used to. The act of buying pre-loved items is called thrifting. We in Namibia know it as second hand stores but does ‘thrifting’ not just sound so much more sophisticated? I go through my cupboard once a year and sell the clothes I haven’t worn in a long time, or clothes that are no longer my style. You make extra cash and can stock your wardrobe with some new fresh items.
One of the best parts about thrifting is that you can find the coolest pieces that are totally unique. You’ll come across vintage fabrics and sometimes even stumble upon designer labels. The items you buy are one of a kind for sure. It’s like finding hidden gems in a treasure hunt.
People go thrifting for different reasons and to find different things. As we become more conscious of the fashion industry’s environmental impact, thrifting has quickly become an alternative to fast fashion. It has become a source of sustainable fashion due to its principles of reusing and repurposing.
It’s a win-win situation for everyone involved. You get to clear out your closet and make some extra cash, while someone else gets to score a great find at an affordable price.
Clothes these days can be crazy expensive, with dresses easily costing hundreds or even thousands of dollars. But when you shop thrift, you can find items that are in great condition for a fraction of the price. I mean, who doesn’t love a good bargain?
If you are in Swakopmund, you’ll be pleased to know that there are quite a few thrift stores around. You just have to keep your eyes peeled and take the time to carefully look through their racks. There’s a store I pop into on a regular basis. The owner buys bales of clothing, it’s like a lucky packet. You can choose to buy bales yourself or items she has packed out already. If you are creative you can use these pieces to create your own. I know many people who sowe and are able to create their own garments.
Personally, I’ve had some amazing finds from both friends and thrift stores. It’s like a whole new world of fashion opens up when you start exploring the thrifting scene. So, why not give it a try?
You never know what stylish treasures you might discover!