Second hand Rose ?

Hi guys , OK , what's your take on buying second hand clothes or shoes ? Would you may be consider it "beneath you", or do you regularly shop the," used", market for bargains and may be items you may not be willing  to spring for ,or able to afford at the RRP. I,d say 75% of my wardrobe consists of previously owned ,especially in the shoe department where I've saved pounds on my" loakes", loafers and brogues, works for me !

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  • Vintage shops are an excellent way to get good gear on the cheap. A local vintage shop stocked london fog raincoats and burberry for less than £100. I recently got a double breasted Pierre cardin blazer from the 60's for £35. 

  • Secondhand/Vintage/Charity shop finds are what make of them. They will either bring you joy or tears. My matching Mary Quant beret and scarf I have had for a decade now is an example of both joy and tears as I have to get the scarf fixed as it was mint when I bought it for a mere $250AUD at a vintage fair... Damn moths! :-(
  • I have managed to get a few bargains in the charity shops mostly non mod stuff, although I got a pretty green Harrington which was current season and a Baracuta raincoat for £3 how can anyone turn down a £400 odd coat? after all oncew its washed its clean...   

  • As a second-hand product, we don't know about the quality. If their quality is ensured us then we can buy the second-hand product. Am I right?


  • Thanks for adding me.

    I got this John Smedley knit in a charity shop in Twickenham a couple of weeks ago3298089527?profile=RESIZE_1024x10243298086672?profile=RESIZE_1024x1024. I have never seen this kind of label before and it's calling itself pure new wool rather than a more up to date lambswool definition.

    I have to say it is in excellent condition, there are no bobbles, stretches or marks. A quick hand wash got the charity shop smell out of it and a trip to my favourite dry cleaners repaired a small hole (maybe a moth) but aside from that it looks like it has never been worn.

    It is a shade too big for me but it is definitely one for winter so a t-shirt underneath will not look too odd.

    Any idea of the era?

    • I would guess 80's Nick...... and it was probably owned by someone with enough nous to take proper care of a quality garment. I bought a lot of JS stuff at about that time, and the label looks familiar and it was commonly seen on many brands, along with the familiar "Wool Mark", although much John Smedleys stuff was also labelled "Sea Island Cotton" or "Pure Cashmere" as well, accordingly.

  • On the subject, I recently acquired these very nice items from a local Vintage shop; gold and mother of pearl cufflinks as far as I can tell, but I don't know if it's a real pearl in the tie pin. I know there is a way to find out, but I can't remember..3298076119?profile=RESIZE_1024x1024

    • I like those links Graham...
    • Even if they were fake, nobody would know. They look fantastic!

    • Thanks HS.... they probably aren't fake, but they could be Rolled Gold, which you don't see anymore.

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