How to snatch up the best second-hand clothes and make them look like new: tips

Alina MilsentLife
How to choose clothes in a second-hand store

Second-hand stores have long been not only about saving money but also about the opportunity to buy high-quality or even branded items. Of course, the main advantage is cheapness as you can buy clothes for just a penny on certain days.

If you don't visit such stores very often, or if you decide to discover second-hand stores for the first time, OBOZREVATEL has selected interesting life hacks to help you find good clothes. The basic rule is simple: you just need to know how and where to look.

How to handle used clothes

First, let's talk about the main disadvantage of second-hand clothes: their smell. Normal washing does not always help get rid of a specific odor. Therefore, experts recommend a "radical" option. Pour 1 liter of cold water into a container and add 10 ml of ammonia. The soaking process will be long. Keep cotton clothes in the solution for at least an hour, and other fabrics, including synthetics, for 6 hours.

Dry the clothes in the fresh air. The life hack is suitable for all things: white, black and colored.

If ammonia doesn't help, try running the washing cycle and adding a few drops of essential oil to the powder.

Rules for finding clothes

Here are five effective tips to help you navigate the process of choosing used clothes.

Rule 1: List the items

Usually, second-hand stores have items with minimal sorting: at best, there may be sections by size or type of clothing like jeans, dresses, jackets, etc. So before going to the store, make a list of things you really need. When going to a second-hand store, beginners often get lost and don't know what to look for and where to look. Making a list in advance will save time and money.

Rule 2. Pay attention to details

Make sure the used clothes are in good condition. Check seams, zippers, lining, and buttons.

Rule 3: Evaluate the quality

Second-hand items may not be of the best quality. For example, when choosing a sweater, check the condition of the fabric: whether there are any so-called "pills" on it, which are lumps of tangled fibers. You can try stretching the item. If it doesn't return to its original shape, it means the fabric is of poor quality.

Rule 3: Shopping day

There are stores that offer substantial discounts depending on the day of replenishment. However, be careful: huge discounts are usually offered on low-quality items. It is best to choose a day for shopping when average discounts are set at 40-60%.

Rule 4. Check the seams

Be sure to pay attention to the seams, especially when choosing jeans. If they are not too frayed, it means that the jeans have not been worn for long.

Rule 5. Clothes with and without tags

Clothing with tags is the best option for buying at a second-hand store. It is highly likely that no one has worn it yet. Such things may cost a little more, but the prices will still be several times lower than in regular stores.

At second-hand stores, you can choose simple clothes that you won't feel sorry to spoil. For example, things for the garden.

Earlier, OBOZREVATEL talked about two simple recipes that will help remove the most difficult stains.

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