Like most women, I have a wardrobe that contains probably more clothes than I need. However, more than half of my items cost less than $5 because they are preloved.
I’ve been thrifting since 2014, after chancing upon a flea market at Scape and being stunned by the cheap prices people sold their preloved items for. As a broke student, getting clothes for less than $5 a piece certainly helped me stretch my dollar.
Although I am now a working adult who has more purchasing power, I still try my luck at flea markets or thrift stores. While there is still the thrill whenever I find a hidden gem, I’ve also continued to thrift as there are other upsides to it other than cost.
For one, it’s definitely more sustainable. In 2019 alone, Singapore produced 168 tonnes of textile and leather waste, and only six tonnes of it was recycled. Buying secondhand pieces means reducing the numbers of items that go into our landfills.
Some feel that secondhand clothes are “dirtier” since they’ve been worn by other people before, but I have no qualms about wearing used items. If wearing preloved clothing doesn’t irk you but you are clueless on how to get started, here are some tips and tricks that I have for those who are thinking of breaking into the world of thrifting.