Secondhand and Vintage Fashion – a rant September 15, 2009Posted by Lauren Cooke in Rants, Vintage.
Tags: charity shops, economy, secondhand fashion, Thrifting, vintage fashion
Step back guys – I sense a rant coming on.
On the way to work I was thinking about Friday, when I spent my afternoon traipsing desperately around Leamington, searching for a white stole of any description that would suit my 1930’s outfit. The journey was, suffice to say, a failure, and I trailed home just as depressed and uninspired as I had been when I arrived.
The only hope for such a stole had been the secondhand clothes shops and charity shops that litter our streets and fill up so much of my time of a weekend. The stores, however, were blissfully void of stoles, and instead my attention began diverting to the vast array of other items that I neither needed, nor knew I wanted. Before I knew it, however, I found myself feeling rather irritated at that oh-so-familiar situation – overpricing.
I have probably ranted about charity shops and their prices before. Don’t get me wrong, I love that they are raising money for charity. But in my head charity shops are aiming at those who cannot afford new clothes, and who therefore don’t have much money. Pricing heels at £25 even after plenty of use because they have a vaguely recognisable name is absurd. The influx of Atmosphere (Read: Primark) dresses on the shelves for more than their original retail price cripples me. I actually challenged a few prices, to be told that the sales person knows they are absurd but it is the powers that be who dictate the prices. Unsurprisingly, I stomp out fuming, in a very mature way.
The charity shop prices rant has been done by me before. It may still irritate me, but my one little voice is unlikely to change it. I had almost accepted this when I wandered into a secondhand clothes shop down the road. The prices here? The prices here were astronomical! Charity shops are one thing – but these prices were all nearly £100 or above – and largely for unheard of brands, or brands who had a recognisable name but horrible clothes. There were some gems there too – but if you wanted them, I think the cost was one arm, one leg, and possibly an earlobe.
I don’t understand the mentality of paying that much money for something someone has already worn. They may be in great condition, but it is just… unfair! And ridiculous! I much prefer to stick with buying my vintage items on eBay, or even in the charity shops. Suddenly the common £10 costs don’t seem as bad!