Why buying on Depop and Vinted are my new favourite ways to shop

Obviously 2020 has been a hard year. not only have we seen the rise of online shopping and a move away from in person fitting rooms and in person shopping, we have also seen the progression of the sustainable movement, as thrifted and resale shops have boomed, while the name brands that produce so many of our clothes have suffered. while this is largely due to lockdown, we must take him to account that there will be a lasting effect. shopping apps such as Depop or vinted I likely to retain a fairly large number of new customers, and even personally I have increased my use of Depop massively since the start of the coronavirus.

Firstly, you'll be joining part of a rising trend. Even in 2017, one in three women shopped secondhand, and this can only have risen in the last two to three years. We know this is knew and not just part of a general trend because in 2017 it was estimated that up to 70% of knew users to thrift apps were people who had never thrifted before. Furthermore, starts back up an increased rise in the coming years with one study’s survey showing that On average 70% of consumers plan to spend more on resale in the next five years.

Secondly, you'll be moving away from general habits that young people and middle age people have adopted in the last few decades that are wholly unsustainable in 2018 it was estimated that The average 18-24 year old discards clothes after an average of one to five wears, and that over 50% of their buys in shops were impulse buys. this is important because of how extremely harmful it is to the environment and how much waste is being produced by the fast fashion industry when we wear clothes five times before discarding them.

However, do not be fooled - millennials are not the whole problem - they are also the group that is most likely to switch to sustainable and renewable options an consider recycling, resale and consider (but not always act on) reducing their consumption, with 77% saying they would prefer to buy from ethically an sustainably sourced and centric businesses. Additionally, when they do switch to thrifting, it is regularly because of environmental reasons, with one study predicting that around 35% of young people who switch to thrifting are doing it for sustainable reasons.

But really, most people don't have any idea how great resale is and could be for our globe. fashion is one of the biggest contributors to global emissions ever, and one study predicted in 2017 that we could reduce carbon emissions by up to 70% if every piece of clothing got a second life instead of keeping to the fast fashion cycle. 

Thirdly, thrift shopping is like a treasure hunt. not only are there literally billions of clothing items out there, but each search result can now produce 20 different items that are not the same but similar. sifting through to find the best deal the best look or the best new addition to your closet is like a treasure hunt - you are searching for complete gold. Just knowing that you are not picking up some item that has been mass produced for this month and that maybe everyone else will wear is such a satisfying feeling that is almost unmatched in any other part of the industry, and is usually reserved for jewelry or other accessories.

But why then do we use Depop and not just donate our clothes!? Well, upon inspection it's actually clear that donating clothes is not necessarily the best task and resale is likely the best solution. this is due to the fact that donations can end up in waste if the item is not sold at a store fast enough because of the limited space they might have or clothes can get damaged or destroyed in the transportation process - and when offered to homeless people they can often be rejected for size or lack of warmth - so it's much better to go for resale or selling to a local charity shop so that they can pass on those profits to a charitable cause.

And finally, it's great to consider the actually much of the resale industry makes clothes more affordable for people, and indeed this is where thrift shops were founded. while there's always going to be resell designer clothes that cost insane amounts, there's also a huge market for resale of clothes that's go for great prices and a great way of avoiding paying a high fee for a product that has been out of sale for years. Recently, I wanted to pick up some shoes that I had seen a few years ago that based themselves on the London Underground Metro system. While the original price was upwards of 150 euros, I managed to bag a barely worn pair for just 30 euros - who doesn't like that kind of discount!?

CommonBlue has our own thrift store on vinted and on our website where you can buy all of our items that are regularly designer fashion at a much lower price than when originally released. On Depop we are @commonbluestore and on Vinted we are @commonbluegirl and you can always message us if you want to negotiate a price or e-mail www.ev@strawbystraw.com.