Second hand Rose, with pride.

March 20, 2014


I’m wearing second hand hats
Second hand clothes
That’s why they call me
Second hand rose

Unlike what Barbra Streisand’s song might say, there is nothing wrong or sad about buying second hand. I do it frequently (hello Ebay, my old friend) and would do it more often if I wasn’t trying to avoid shopping.

There are several things to be said about second hand shopping:

  • It is fun, nothing like the thrill of the hunt for bargainous stylish wares.
  • You find items that no one else will have.
  • If you buy vintage, chances are that the fabrics and the way thy are sewn are a lot better quality than what you can buy nowadays.
  • It’s good for the environment, as there will be less used clothes going to the landfills and less pollution produced as a result of constantly making new items.
  • Tends to be cheaper.

I don’t always get to find everything I like or that fits my vision for a style second hand but I always try it first! #secondhandfirst

I have in the past shared many outfits that included second hand items. Here’s a small selection for your enjoyment.







Was that so bad?

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  • Reply Curtise March 20, 2014 at 13:58

    Of course it isn’t bad, it’s a brilliant way to shop! I wouldn’t do it any other way. xxx

  • Reply PinkCheetahVintage March 20, 2014 at 14:04

    The best!! I honestly feel like it how we will all have to do the majority of our future shopping… Sustainability 🙂

  • Reply Bella Q March 20, 2014 at 16:58

    I’m with Becky! Sustainable shopping choices include the #secondhandfirst sensibility, and man you wear it well. Beautiful post- you should be the poster child for awesome thrifty and sustainable style!

  • Reply Jan Graham-McMillen March 20, 2014 at 17:19

    You lovelies who manage to dress in such a sustainable way have my complete admiration and support. Good for you. And you look adorable in every shot. You’d be one-of-a-kind anyway, but your styling talent elevates everything you wear.

  • Reply Vix March 21, 2014 at 07:18

    Modern clothing is so shoddily made that I wouldn’t entertain the idea of buying new. Wearing something manufactured in a sweatshop is far, far worse than buying someone else’s cast offs plus , if its vintage, it’s highly unlikely you’ll ever bump into someone wearing the same as you.
    Love that orange and red dress! xxx

  • Reply Sheila (of Ephemera) March 21, 2014 at 13:48

    I agree wholeheartedly on all of your points! I think I have that fur hat in the second picture. Love your style!

  • Reply char March 21, 2014 at 15:11

    I love second hand shopping. There is also that potential thrill attached to “what if I find an amazing bargain!”, like searching for treasure.

  • Reply Bella Q March 21, 2014 at 15:55

    I just had to come back and re-admire you and your style. Today’s post linked up to this one- and it’s pretty..cool, lol. Happy weekend, gorgeous!

  • Reply hollie March 21, 2014 at 20:44

    I love thrift shopping. It just makes sense you know? But here, it isn’t always the cheapest shopping option. Most of the time, I have better luck just going to a retail clearance rack.

  • Reply Señora Allnut March 21, 2014 at 21:54

    I’m becoming a huge fan of second hand clothes too!, cheap, genuine and quality clothes are availables and it’s so rewarding to find something really cool!
    You look cute and gorgeous indeed!

  • Reply Law March 22, 2014 at 02:11

    I love your style so much 🙂 your such a babe. I think when your next in London lets go shopping I’ll take you to my fave charity shops. xxx

  • Reply Kizzy @ The Dainty Dolls House March 24, 2014 at 10:42

    You have gorgeous style & I love thrifting and finding treasures, so much fun :)) xx

  • Reply ollieotson March 24, 2014 at 16:26

    i agree witheverything in this post! second hand all the way 😀

    ultimo dia para giveaway, paritcipa!

  • Reply Jet aka Punk Glam Queen March 25, 2014 at 01:35

    I’m with you 100% on every point! Been doing it close to 40 years and still have some of those early purchases, you just can’t beat the quality that went into even what then would have been called “fast fashion”! Have been staying away, as like you I have a lot of culling to do, but did score a Norma Kamali tee shirt dress for $4 a few weeks back! (one of my fave designers, who actually makes quality made goods that last forever & I have pieces from the 80s to prove it!) Perfect for summer & I even layered it up during one of our “polar vortex” days! Love you! XXX

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