The little pleasures of buying (and selling) second hand

The little pleasures of buying (and selling) second hand

A shop full of surprises. // Photo by ROSSANA Photography

There is no better way to realize how much stuff you have that you no longer use than facing the draconian task of organizing your closet. It’s amazing the quantity of non-practical items we are able to accumulate there through the years – even when you try to consume rationally and buy just one, two (or even none) new clothes per season.

So, if you are looking for ideas to downsize, but care about the environment and don’t want to get rid of things by throwing them away, you should pay attention to the following solution.

A few weeks ago we visited a very special second hand shop in Düsseldorf called BROKE (Tussmannstrasse 5). It was truly interesting to get to know the owner and discuss with her more in detail the way in which the business works. She told us, for instance, that everyone is welcome to bring their old clothes, shoes and accessories to be re-sold in there. Of course, the better the condition of the items, the more possibilities you have to succeed in your goal.

In this case, the prices are fixed in agreement between the owner of the clothes and the shop manager. The items will be shown at the store over a 3-month period and the benefits coming from the selling are divided 50% for each part. What means, not only will you gain space in your wardrobe but also a little economic profit will come out of it.

On the other hand, remember that second hand shopping brings us a lot of pleasures also from the consumer point of view:

Environmental. You will be preventing the clothes from slowly decomposing in a landfill while releasing heavy metals into the soil and groundwater.
o Economical. You will save money when buying, and make money when selling.
o Sentimental. The clothes that have been worn by somebody else already have a story and, from the moment you buy them on, you will be responsible to continue writing that story. In a way, this means you will be connected to the complete stranger who first owned them… How fun is that?

TEXT: EVA BLANCO / PHOTOS: ROSSANA Photography

An online closet full of surprises with Kleiderrebell!

An online closet full of surprises with Kleiderrebell!

One look for each time of day. / Photo: Moritz Esser / Musebox

Last week we interviewed Laura Apel, a German young entrepreneur that is about to launch her first professional project: Kleiderrebell. Keep reading and find out more about her original approach to the fashion industry and the exciting adventure she is currently living. 

How does the Kleiderrebell project work?
Kleiderrebell will be an online shop where you don’t buy, but rent your favorite fashion items. Each article has its own rental fee. The fee covers the duration of one month, but the customers (women only) are given the flexibility to decide what they rent and for how long. No subscription, no run-time, no fixed costs. Whenever a customer is sick of wearing an article, she can just return it to Kleiderrebell. Additionally, our customers can send their discarded fashion to us and get a voucher for it. The goal is to encourage a more sustainable fashion industry: women can be trendy without being forced to buy new items. Read more

Time for a DETOX!

Time for a DETOX!

Eva and Rebecca / PHOTO: ROSSANA Photography

Throwing your old clothes away whenever you get tired of them is no longer an option. Especially now that we can find a long list of initiatives created to give us interesting alternatives to renew our wardrobe without having to enlarge the waste cycle or pulluting the environment any further. Would you like to have an example?

Last Saturday, June 13, we attended the clothes swap party organised by Greenpeace Düsseldorf in the framework of their global DETOX campaign. The approach of the event was that you could bring in some of those clothes you haven’t been wearing that much lately, and in exchange you could take home as many other t-shirts, trousers, dresses, shoes or complements as you wanted. Of course, the first premise was not a must. If you were just stepping by spontaneously you could still pick something up for free!

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