Becky Hughes, 24, has managed to get her hands on items for £4 that would have cost £500 new, all by shopping online and exploring a bargain used as good as new.
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A woman saved thousands by committing to buying only second-hand clothes, including bras, for two years.
Becky Hughes, 24, works in marketing for a charity and says she’s completely cut out for fast fashion.
Since 2018, Becky, who lives in Wolverhampton, has only bought used clothes, saving thousands by sticking to charity stores and apps like Vinted.
Becky bought a bunch of items, including a designer Valentino top for just £4, which would have cost more than £500 if you had bought new.
She said, “I’m really much happier now that I’ve stopped buying fast fashion.
“Previously I would spend £20 a week on new clothes to go out.
“Now, it’s probably £10 a month, if that’s the case.
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“As a very young and fashion-loving person, it’s really nice to be able to ignore trends and focus on what I like.”
Becky, like many others, draws the line in buying used underwear, but he’s bought quite a few Vinted bras.
She said, “My attitude has always been: I can always wash it, and then I’m happy to wear it.
“It doesn’t bother me at all, but I understand why some people don’t want to do it.
“My attitude towards clothes and the way I approach clothes has completely changed.”
Becky also made some money selling her well-worn clothes, and she estimates she made £2,000 from this alone.
She said, “I was wearing something and then I don’t want to wear it again because I posted a picture on Instagram.
“Now when I’m shopping, I think really well when I’m going to wear something, does it match the clothes I already have, and things like that.
“I’m a lot slower about the whole process in general, and I usually like a few items and then come back and review them a day or two later.”
Since quitting fast fashion, Becky has saved £840 a year by sticking to second-hand clothes.
Becky added, “I hate the idea of things ending up in a landfill, which is why I love selling things on them.
“If you only have something sitting in your closet, and it’s not being worn, it’s very easy to post it as for sale.
“So someone is going to actually wear it and enjoy it, and you get some money out of it, so it’s a win-win situation for everyone.”