I love second-hand clothes. With good effort and a sharp eye you can find great outfits on flea markets. Eventhough the name may sound unattractive, the clothuing treasures you can find on flea markets make me love them. Flea market*. A name of which you always wonder where it came from, but you never get around to looking it up. No worries. I did the research for you. See footnote.
Back to subject. My first ‘outfit of the day’. A combination of new and second-hand. I use the word second-hand instead of vintage as the term vintage can only be used for clothes made between 1920 and 1979. Some sellers stretch the period to the mid 80s but that’s about how far you can take it. Among second-hand lovers the term vintage is often used for clothes we bought last year, wore a few times and relegate to the back of our closet. Vintage just has a better ring to it than second-hand.
There is a good side to items you buy and don’t wear because you just don’t really like them. You can make another person really happy with those items! Don’t expect to earn a lot of money on them. Even if it’s a brand you’ll still loose at least half of the money you paid for it. For non branded items it’s even less. So unless you put it on a second-hand clothing website and have the patience to communicate and negotiate until somebody is willing to pay the price you feel the item is still worth, you can either donate it or have a shot at a flea market yourself. The last one is a win-win in my book. What I do? Sell the stuff I don’t wear anymore and put the money I earn to good use immediately by buying back items I wíll wear at the same flea market.
The outfit displayed underneath I scored almost entirely at the ijhallen in Amsterdam. This flea market takes place every month in Amsterdam. I winter inside, in the ‘warmer’ months outside.
Details outfit of the day
Ripped jeans – second-hand – ZARA – 2 euro.
Crop top with long sleeves – second-hand – H&M – 1 euro.
Peach suede pumps with shiny leather nose and heel – Marc o’polo – bought them at 59,99 at designer outlet Roermond. Highly recommended!
* The word flea market is the English translation from the French ‘marché aux puces’. Marketins for second-hand goods started in the north of France around 1960. The dealers that sold their goods there were called `puciers`. To flea wis used in the meaning of sniffing around. You’re welcome. 😉