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Old 27th March 2006, 03:45 AM   #1
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Default Do you buy second hand (used) clothes ?

Hi, i am a chinese , when i was studying in New Zealand, i was wondering to see people buying second hand clothes from the clothing shop. I would like to know your guys buy second hand clothes too ?

Most chinese don't like to buy second clothes because of believing an old clothes will not bring luck, especially you don't know who wear it before....

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Old 27th March 2006, 05:58 AM   #2
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Default Basically thats all I wear ...:)

I've been getting almost all of my clothes at a 2nd hand shop since I was in high school...I'm 37 now.

Here are my reasons.

1. style- there is a vastly larger selection of styles (or can invent your own) when going to 2nd hand shops. You can get clothes from almost every decade- especially the fancier vintage clothing shops. Thumbing through current magazines of stores that sell only new clothing --the style/look isn't always what I'm looking for...which leads me to my 2nd point.

2. originality- I don't want to be wearing the same shirt -thats massed produced by the large clothing chains- that hundreds of other men are wearing. I want to wear an outfit -that friends or even strangers will say- 'hey thats a cool shirt ..or jacket..where did you get it?"

3. price- being always aware of keeping my spending low -I can't reason to buy one shirt thats brand new for say $35 (or more) when I can buy 3-4 used shirts for the same price-- and they are in great condition as well! Not like I'm buying damaged clothing just for the sake to save a few dollars..most times the shirt looks new and you wouldn't be able to tell other than the fact it didn't some in any fancy packaging.

4. makes me money- going to a used clothing store you just never know what you'll be leaving with--- sometimes I'll go to buy clothes only to resell on online auction websites for 3-4 times the price and make a profit


I think its fun and unpredictable... of course there are some items I buy new...pajamas, underwear, bathing suits.....but the rest is all used clothing.



As far as the bad luck superstition, I can see what you mean...but I look at it like this.... in life you make your own luck, the decisions you make ,the actions you do will dictate if its good luck or bad luck. An item of clothing has no power over you or your future --its a piece of cloth and no matter who wore it prior has no correlation to your life. Thats how I see it anyways...

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Old 27th March 2006, 08:51 AM   #3
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Our whole family buys used clothes. The money saved is fantastic and you'd be surprised at the cool stuff you can find. Plus, I really like the idea that something is being used again instead of just thrown away.

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Old 27th March 2006, 10:26 AM   #4
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Oh, us too!

Not to mention that when kids are small, they just grow too darned fast to be spending the inflated prices at those trendy kids' clothing stores for outfits they won't be able to wear more than a couple of months.

Viva la thrift shop!

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Old 3rd April 2006, 10:09 PM   #5
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Not to mention that when kids are small, they just grow too darned fast to be spending the inflated prices at those trendy kids' clothing stores for outfits they won't be able to wear more than a couple of months.
More than once we've bought "used" clothes that still had the original sales tag on them. The kids probably outgrew the clothes before having a chance to wear them.

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No never! I just hate this. I used to purchase new clothes.

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Old 3rd July 2009, 11:22 PM   #7
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I too purchase new clothes! I don't like to buy second hand clothes.

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Old 4th July 2009, 04:27 PM   #8
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I frequently shop for clothes at a local thrift shop. I've found a few things that I would swear had never been worn, and some even have the tags still on. I love it when that happens.

My daughter is almost 13 now, and doesn't like used clothes anymore, but on our last trip she found some new shorts with a designed label which I would never pay retail for.

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Old 9th July 2009, 12:28 PM   #9
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It's all in your head to not want "used" clothing - in fact most NEW clothing these days if trendy are worn or tattered - why not pay 5 bucks instead of 75 for basically the same thing

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Old 15th October 2009, 04:12 PM   #10
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I am a great fan of swapping, selling and buying used clothes, its a great money saving tip.

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