Pieces of his­tory

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I HAVE never been a fan of sec­ond­hand clothes. You’d think that grow­ing up with two older broth­ers would en­ti­tle me to brand-new dresses, skirts and blouses all the time but no, my par­ents had other ideas.

In­stead, many of my clothes came from their friends and relatives who had daugh­ters who were older than me.

I guess it was a great way to save money; af­ter all, kids do grow up fast. Af­ter only a few months most new clothes be­come too small and par­ents are all too happy to ac­cept good qual­ity hand-me-downs.

In my teenage years, I suf­fered through many a shoul­der-padded dress (it was the 1990s and ev­ery­one else was wear­ing jeans and black T-shirts) and pantsuits to hu­mour my mother’s gen­er­ous friends who had no daugh­ters to pass on their pre­cious clothes to.

How­ever, I wish I had kept all those items I hated so much from years ago, be­cause I’ve re­cently dis­cov­ered, cliched as it may sound, that old is gold. (Thank good­ness I saved the jew­ellery!)

Just go to shop­ping malls and cloth­ing bazaars and of­ten, you’ll stum­ble across stalls sell­ing “pre-loved” aka sec­ond-hand items with girls scram­bling to get their paws on the goods.

I’ve met many women who usu­ally head straight to the stalls sell­ing sec­ond­hand stuff, fre­quent thrift stores and hold clothes swaps with their friends as a way of sav­ing money, but there are many other rea­sons to go vin­tage.

For a cause

Many sec­ond-hand stores and stalls are run by char­ity or­gan­i­sa­tions, and by buy­ing an item from these places, you are lend­ing a help­ing hand, while do­ing some­thing you love!

Top notch

For an item to end up in a re­cy­cling pile af­ter so many years of use, it has to be of good qual­ity. Back in the day, clothes, shoes and ac­ces­sories were made with greater care and bet­ter qual­ity be­cause pre­sum­ably, raw ma­te­rial and labour was cheaper. The best thing is, you’ll get awe­some items for cheap, and it’ll prob­a­bly last you a good cou­ple of years as well.

Age of re­cy­cling

How many years have you been hear­ing about the three Rs – Re­duce, Re­use, Re­cy­cle? Surely, by now you re­alise that re-us­ing some­thing is an “in” thing to do.

If you’re un­com­fort­able us­ing strangers’ clothes, check out your mother’s, aunt’s, older sis­ter’s wardrobe, or hold a clothes swap among friends. I did this re­cently; it’s re­ally fun!

It’ll help re­duce clut­ter, and you’ll have new clothes you didn’t have to pay for. You’ll also get to share sto­ries about where a cer­tain item came from and so on. It’s like own­ing a piece of his­tory.

Be unique

When you’re wear­ing some­thing from the early 1970s, you can be pretty sure you won’t be see­ing it on an­other girl at an event.

Even if some­thing is as re­cent as 10 years old, what are the odds of some­one else own­ing the ex­act same item? My guess is, pretty low. To get even more unique items, shop on­line, and from other coun­tries. That will guar­an­tee you one-of-a-kind goods. ❑ For some sug­ges­tions on where to get your hands on pre-loved items, visit blog.rage.com.my.

Sec­ond-hand shop­ping can some­times get you items that are of good qual­ity. Ju­lia Roberts in vin­tage Valentino. If you’re re­ally, re­ally lucky, you might be able to find a gem like this at sec­ond-hand bazaars or flea mar­kets. In Malaysia, there are move­ments like Threads Zoo that en­cour­ages sec­ond-hand shop­ping.

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