From new fitness regimes to #Veganuary, the new year is the perfect excuse for a lot of people to change their lifestyle or daily routine. Some may want a total wardrobe change, heading into the sales to stock up on outfits for the year. In a time where fast fashion is more prominent than ever, there's no better time to start shopping in second-hand stores like Siopaella. Research done by Wrap (Waste and Resources Action Programme) in the UK showed that the average piece of clothing lasts 3.3 years. When you think about all the fast fashion pieces picked up in the sale, it doesn't add up to value for money.
Here's 5 reasons why you should shop second-hand in 2018;
By investing in key wardrobe pieces, it helps save money in the long term. While some items like designer bags may come with a hefty price tag, they're pieces you know you'll have for years. Check out our blog post on why cost per wear makes designer bags the perfect investment here.
2. YOU'LL FIND ITEMS NOBODY ELSE HAS
One of the best things about shopping second-hand is that you're bound to find items that are unique to the store. Whether it's a vintage dress from the 60s or a limited edition Louis Vuitton, second-hand stores are worth the rooting through to find a unique gem. Better yet, you may even get a discount on something that doesn't go on sale in department stores, like a Chanel bag!
3. YOU'RE SUPPORTING SMALL BUSINESSES
Whether it a second-hand boutique like ourselves or a charity, you're showing your support for smaller shops that are in competition with the high street. High street retailers are raking in the millions, so it's nice to switch it up and support local!
4. IT'S ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY
Instead of buying something brand new, you're getting something pre-loved- it's recycling! Fast fashion is a complicated industry, and we recommend watching 'The True Cost' on Netflix. It's truly eye opening.
5. IT'S FUN!
Rooting through rails, looking for something that catches your eye- there's nothing better! And because the items are vintage or pre-loved, you're getting an item that once belonged to someone else. Who knows what their story was or where they wore the item to!