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Why Buy Vintage? 8 Reasons to Love the Pre-Loved

Secondhand, pre-loved, pre-owned. The vintage industry is growing steadily, and gaining the interest of celebrities and fashion influencers alike.

There are so many positive reasons to buy vintage, from creating your own unique style, to reducing your carbon footprint.

Whether you’re looking to change the way you shop entirely or you’re just interested in a few key pieces — here are 8 reasons to buy vintage.

1. It’s a Sustainable Fashion Choice

As we roll into a New Year, filled with a fresh outlook on life and renewed goals, many of us may be looking to alter the way we indulge in the world of fashion.

Our minds have been tailored to think that our possessions must be brand new, untouched, and plucked straight from the clinical production process. But this attraction to having everything ‘brand new’ is not always sustainable.

Choosing to buy vintage can greatly reduce your carbon footprint. As the pre-loved coat, boots or designer handbag that you buy has already been made, there is no further pollution caused by the production.

Photo by Edward Howell on Unsplash

2. It’s More Ethical

We’ve all been made aware of the unsustainable and unethical nature of fast fashion, and the effect it can have on people, wildlife and habitats. And there are a number of ways we can combat unsustainable fashion…

We can avoid fast fashion brands and ask them to change, and we can also choose to buy less in general. However, another hugely positive alternative that is gaining momentum is the vintage and pre-loved fashion industry. Choosing vintage fashion over fast fashion is an action that will prevent the exploitation of workers in the fast fashion industry. 

3. Create Your Own Completely Unique Style

Long time celebrity fashion influencers like Kate Moss and Alexa Chung are huge supporters of vintage fashion. They can pair together garments and accessories to create outfits that completely transcend current trends. Vintage fashion allows you to creatively mix up key pieces from different decades and create a truly timeless outfit.

4. It Carries On the Narrative of Each Item

An intricate gold ring, a timeless Louis Vuitton handbag, or a patterned scarf. Every product holds a story. Instead of allowing items to be needlessly wasted in landfills, choosing to buy vintage continues the timeline of these well-crafted, vintage items.

Plus, minor details like the patina on a leather bag, or the age of a golden necklace add a desirable character that is impossible to replicate.

5. Buying Vintage and Pre-Loved Items Will Save You Money

Depending on where you shop, vintage clothing and accessories should be much more affordable as there are no additional production costs involved.

High fashion brands like Chanel and Dior become will also be much more accessible — allowing us to own a piece of true fashion history.

Buy vintage Chanel Handbags on Timeless Vintage
The iconic Chanel Double Flap Bag

6. It’s Fun to Browse!

Vintage items are often rare, so discovering a classic Vogue it-bag in an online boutique is extremely gratifying! For example, the Kelly bag from Hermes is incredibly popular but very rare to find on pre-loved sites (as it’s just so desirable). So, if anything catches your eye you may need to act fast!

Look to official online pre-loved sellers, like us here at Timeless Vintage. Or for elusive deals and secret steals, peruse the rails and shelves in charity shops.

Steps down to a dark and colourful vintage clothing shop with a bright red neon sign on the wall.
Vintage shops can be a real treasure trove | Photo by Kei Scampa from Pexels

7. Buying Designer Vintage Can Be A Solid Investment

Designer items have amazing longevity. Not only will a pre-loved designer bag stand the test of time because of its craftsmanship, but it may also increase in value as the exclusivity of the brand ensures it remains highly sought after. Here are the 5 top Italian designer brands to invest in. Chanel and Louis Vuitton are also well-known for holding their value.

The popular Promenade Bag from Italian fashion power-house Prada

8. The Quality is Often Unmatched

Fast fashion brands are cheap for a reason… They use generic structuring and patterns, cheap materials and can overwork their employees. Vintage clothing and bags from high-fashion houses like Prada and Gucci are guaranteed to have amazing craftsmanship. But even vintage fashion from smaller brands historically had a more meticulous production process.

Featured Image | Photo by Ellie Cooper on Unsplash

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