My first experience with op shops
Previously, I posted some wardrobe basics guides on this blog. I also mentioned I would spend this weekend armed with RM200 for thrift-shop shopping at Amcorp Mall. I thought I’d challenge myself a little more. And so I reduced my budget by RM100 and decided I’d get no more than three items of second-hand clothing.
I arrived at the mall just after 11am, determined that I would find a black skirt and another basic piece. I first went to As:Is Vintage, which is on the first floor of the mall, near Watson’s. The two female staff there were friendly and helpful. I came away with nothing, feeling a little disappointed that most of the clothes were ‘trendy’ and not really meant for layering.
Chia’s Cotton Chic
My next stop was Chia’s Cotton Chic, another second-hand clothing store that has been featured prominently in local fashion websites and blogs. I was delighted to find a flattering, good quality zip-up black skirt for RM55 and a black dress for RM20. Here’s what they look like:
Back To As:Is
As I exited Chia’s Cotton Chic, I thought I’d pay another visit to As:Is as I was still within budget. So I re-entered the store and immediately found a lovely halter-neck dress perfect for weekend wear. And it was an unbelievable RM5. Not the best quality, but with good care, I’m sure the dress will last for some time.
I reckon I did pretty well with RM80, which is much less than what I expected to spend. And I felt good about spending it on pre-loved clothing, rather than shopping for new clothes. Although I doubt I’ll be visiting the thrift shops again within the next couple of weeks, it is good to know that I have options other than fast-fashion stores like H&M, Uniqlo, Zara and the like.
My only complaint is that the thrift stores stock lots of patterned and trendy fast-fashion type clothing, which is what I am trying to move away from. To be honest, I’d like to stick to plain colours and well-fitting clothes, which I couldn’t really find at the thrift stores.
That said, I did find a couple of options online, although the shipping costs are only worth it if you’re sharing the costs with a few friends. After some research, I found the following websites offer quality clothing at the best prices. Plus, they have a variety of preloved clothes and styles to choose from, which is a blessing indeed.
Oxfam’s Online Shop
Although the prices are decent (a preloved top or skirt starts at £7, and can go up to £100 depending on the condition and the label), the international shipping charge is £11.50, which I found a little steep. There is a good variety of clothing featured on the site, and it’s a good place to get wardrobe basics. Yes, the store does carry a lot of high street brands like Marks and Spencer, Next and Topshop, however there are also better-quality pieces on the site, if you’re willing to pay for them, that is. You can access the online shop here.
Round She Goes
A website that is very similar to eBay in that different stallholders sell clothes and hence different shipping charges apply. Round She Goes is an Australia-based online shop that exclusively carries and sells women’s preloved fashion. What I liked about this site is that there is also a variety of styles and labels to choose from, and for women of different sizes. Prices are decent for the quality of clothing advertised and they have a better variety of accessories and bags than the Oxfam online shop. Definitely a good find that I plan to explore further next month.
If you’ve any other suggestions on online second-hand stores, please feel free to post your suggestions in the comments section or on Fashionably Kind’s Facebook page.