Posted on September 24 2020
Switzerland's first national Second Hand Day will take place on Saturday, 26 September. Vintage fashion and thus also second-hand clothes have been in fashion again for some time. But Second Hand is not only stylish, it also offers many other advantages. We have listed nine of them for you.
NIKIN tries to find the best possible compromise between sustainable and affordable fashion. But we are honest: tThe most sustainable and probably also the most cost-saving option would be to do without new goods completely. Even though we are of course pleased that you have already planted over 700,000 trees with us, we do not want to deprive you of the advantages of second-hand clothing.
The nine biggest advantages of Second Hand
- Cheaper prices
Second-hand goods are considerably cheaper than new products. Discounts of 70 percent and more are not uncommon and relieve the purse considerably. So if you want to save your budget and still enrich your own wardrobe, you should rummage in Second-Hand shops. Many great bargains are waiting for you.
- Environmental protection during production
With every new item of clothing, raw materials are processed and emissions are generated. The transport of raw materials to the production site and from there to the seller also consumes resources. If second hand instead of new goods is bought, these environmental impacts can be avoided. You may have a new garment in your wardrobe, but there is no new damage to the environment.
- Less waste
- Advantage for children
Second-hand clothes are doubly suitable for children. On the one hand, children's clothes in Second-Hand shops are usually only worn a little, as children grow fast. This means that they are hardly worn out at all and can be carried on wonderfully. On the other hand, new garments are particularly unsustainable for children. This is because children often only fit into the clothes for a few months, then grow out and need new clothes again. New clothes for children should therefore be bought with care.
- There is nothing that does not exist
Shoes, scarfs, jackets, caps, trousers: The list of available second-hand clothes is endless. Did you know that second-hand wedding dresses can also be bought? There are practically no clothes that cannot be bought second-hand. Everything that can be bought as good as new is also available in Second-Hand shops. So you have the whole selection there as well.
- Health benefits
Used clothing is usually less harmful to health than new products. This is due to the fact that questionable chemicals have been washed out by frequent washing. This offers decisive advantages, especially for people with allergies or small children.
- The quality
Second-hand clothes are mostly of top quality. This can be seen from the fact that the clothing has not yet worn out despite frequent wear. If the clothing is available in a Second-Hand shop, it is checked for defects and has to meet certain minimum requirements. Only garments in good condition are offered.
- The fun factor
Strolling around the flea market is fun and is an experience that remains with you. After all, you meet new people, get into conversation and perhaps find exciting unique items. If you visit the flea market or second-hand shop with friends or family, you are guaranteed to find lots to marvel at and talk about. A great excursion is pre-programmed.
- The individuality
If you buy clothes at a flea market rather than off the shelf, you will come across some very special unique pieces. These help to create an individual style. Every garment already has a story to tell. And if you buy at a flea market, you may even learn from the seller what this piece has already experienced.