Designer clothing has become firmly embedded in our consumer culture, we aspire towards our desires for the best to impress our peers, yet designer labels come with hefty price tags that often only the ‘Rah’s’ amongst us can afford.
Alexander McQueen. Pre Loved. Boroughbrige
So in this instances, why not swap your clothing. Pre loved shops are on the rise within the UK, with individuals taking in designer labels they no longer want and selling them, or trading them, to make room for the new ‘it’ item.
With such a rise in the Vintage market and cut down’s on the amount of undesirable items donated to the charity sector there is no surprise towards why the consumer is choosing the second hand market as their favoured shopping destination.
You may think such Pre Loved stores would be based within the English Capital, and you would have been right to think so a few years back, Second hand designer stores in London have risen, allowing for stores to sell designer clothing at a cut of the RRP, yet still selling for a great sum. The rise in shops outside the capital however, has meant prices for such designer items are not half as high as the demanding prices in London.
Mulberry. Pre Loved Boroughbridge.
Yorkshire (my very own hometown) homes several pre loved stores selling designer items at a fraction of the cost. Pre Loved Boutique (Boroughbridge) and Ripon’s Revivals are amongst my favourite. Recently I managed to locate a pair of Vivienne Westwood Pirate Boots, in black, selling for £390 via Vivienne Westwood, resold by Pre Loved for a mere £55. Not to mention the Chloe Satchel oversized bag, RRP of £600, selling for £150. The store allows anyone to take in their designer items for them to sell on your behalf allowing you to both earn some cash, without doing any of the leg work, and purchase new bargains with your earnings!
My second favourite gem would be Ripon’s Revivals, recently I was lucky enough to pick up a Mulberry card holder for £20, not to mention my find of a practically new pair of black patent CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTINS (unfortunately for me, only a size 3) for around £200.
Such stores, in my eyes, are the revolution of designer shopping and well worth a visit!
Pre Loved Boutique: 9, High Street, Boroughbridge YO51 9AW. Tel: 01423325999 Ripon Revivals: 6 Kirkgate, Ripon, North Yorkshire HG4 1PA . Tel: 01765604007
Be sure to mention ‘Rebekah. Number 36’ as your recommendation!