7 Tips for Buying Secondhand Clothing Online

7 Tips for Buying Secondhand Clothing Online

Whether you're using Sakhya, or another online resale platform, shopping for secondhand clothing can seem daunting, especially shopping for South Asian clothing. Luckily, here are some simple tips to help you shop pre-loved more confidently!

  1. Know your measurements:

    Grab a measuring tape and take your measurements so you can compare them to the detailed sizing provided by the seller. Always size up if you're unsure because you can always tailor something down to fit you. If the item looks too small but you still want to purchase it, be sure to ask the seller if there is margin or room to expand the garment. 
  2. Look at multiple photos carefully:

    Photos are a great way to gauge how the outfit may look on you, what the colors look like, and the style of the outfit. Make sure to look at multiple photos of the outfit (close-ups and full garment images) to get a better idea of its style, quality, and condition.
  3. Always read the description:

    Read the listing description carefully, paying close attention to any notes on flaws or damage. The description can often tell you more information about the outfit which can't always be described in a photo. Details such as what is or isn't included in the outfit, specifics about the fabrics, and even what types of events this outfit can be worn at are all usually found in the listing description.
  4. Check the return policy:

    Make sure to check the seller's return policy in case the item doesn't fit or isn't as described. Even if you are unable to return the item for a full refund, the great thing about resale is that if you no longer want an item, you can always list it for sale again!
  5. Ask questions:

    Sometimes, you may be curious to see specific photos of the outfit. Maybe you have a specific measurement you want to clarify. Maybe you have a question about the condition or the wash instructions of the garment. It's always best to contact the seller first to get your questions answered so that you can make your pre-loved purchase confidently.
  6. Don't hesitate to make an offer: 

    Sellers are usually open to considering offers for their pre-loved clothing since they're often looking to quickly sell their items. So if you're interested in an item but its not quite in your budget, feel free to make an offer. The seller just might accept it or be willing to negotiate. 
  7. Patience is key:

    Secondhand shopping online sometimes requires patience, especially if you have follow-up questions for the seller or if you're looking for something specific but can't find it right away. However, with a little bit of patience, you may just find the exact outfit of your dreams at the fraction of the retail cost, all while shopping more sustainably!
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