Vintage items and antiques can be quirky, unique and beautiful. Chances are if you find something you love, it will be one of a kind. No more turning up to parties wearing the same Primark dress as all your friends!

Used items usually come at a fraction of the price of the new version. Never buying new will save you a lot of money, money that can be spent on more important things.

Vintage clothes were made to last. That’s why vintage clothing shops and markets thrive. All those clothes made in the 70s, 80s, and 90s still exist in great condition.

If you buy something secondhand but decide you no longer want it you can sell it on or donate and keep the cycle going.

Exploring charity shops, hunting through online stores and digging through fleamarkets is so much fun! It’s the best feeling when you find a diamond in the rough for an absolute bargain. You never know what treasure you might find!

IF you have to buy something new, definitely opt for second hand. There are different kinds of second hand stores, from vintage to donated to high-end brand boutiques. Find the stores close to you and go and have a look at what they have to offer. In the process, you make a difference.

If we didn’t have the option to second hand, most of the clothing (and accessories, home goods, etc) we see out in consignment, thrift or vintage would be collecting dust in our homes. Therefore shopping second hand gives clothing new life, no matter which fast fashion brands might have created the garment originally.