Her Campus Logo Her Campus Logo
This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Drexel chapter.

For some people, there’s a stigma surrounding buying used clothing and they hesitate when it comes to shopping secondhand. There seems to be an air of uncertainty about wearing someone else’s clothing. To ease your mind, here are nine arguments as to why shopping at these stores is actually better than breaking the bank at the mall!

1. You can make money in addition to spending it.

The Attic – Manayunk

Though some secondhand stores only take donations, consignment stores will give you cash or a check for bringing in your old clothes. It’s a win-win situation – they get new inventory, and you get money to spend on more clothes! This is great for someone who is constantly rotating out items in their closet.

2. The prices are so much more affordable.

Salvation Army – Greater Philadelphia

Because the clothing is secondhand, you’re getting your clothes for significantly less than if you bought something brand new.

3. It’s like an entire mall in one store.

Buffalo Exchange – Philadelphia

Secondhand shops sell clothes from a huge variety of brands and designers. If you’re looking for a range of styles for different occasions, this is the fastest and easiest way to do it.

4. You buy the clothes because you actually like them.

No Relation Vintage – NYC

It’s easy to get swept away by the excitement of being in a store that feels high-end, even if the clothes are actually low quality. But when you go to a secondhand shop, you can take the rose-colored glasses off, see the clothes for what they actually are, and judge them based on their quality and style.

5. The price range will always suit your mood.

Malena’s Vintage Boutique – West Chester

From cheaper brands to expensive designer names, secondhand stores have them all. You’ll be sure to find something with a price you like, whether you’re trying to be frugal or you want to splurge on something nice.

6. It’s easier to find what you want.

Plato’s Closet – Exton

Because there’s only one of each item, secondhand stores will often sort their clothing by color. If you’re on the search for a shirt or pants in a particular color, you’ll have a much easier time finding a variety of options.

7. You’re bound to find something that fits you perfectly.

Greene Street Consignment – Manayunk

Though sizes are supposed to be standard, your size really does depend on the store you go to. If you go to a secondhand store, you’re given such an assortment of brands that eventually you’ll find the perfect size and shape for your body.

8. You can score vintage finds.

Briar Vintage – Old City

Vintage is always in and secondhand stores are the only place you’ll be able to find it. Wearing a vintage item is not only a great conversation starter, but also a way to stand out from the crowd.

9. You can help out your local community.

Philly Aids Thrift – Philadelphia

A lot of thrift stores like Goodwill, the Salvation Army, and Philly Aids Thrift filter their profits back into the community. When you shop and donate to these stores, you can fill up your closet while doing good for others!

You can’t lose at a secondhand shop. You’re saving money while giving someone else’s clothing a new life. When you go to a thrift store or consignment shop, you’re guaranteeing yourself unique and unexpected options for whatever mood you’re in. So why not take a chance?

Her Campus Drexel contributor.