How to Find Second-Hand Clothing Gems Online

Shopping for second-hand clothing items is great for both the environment and your wallet. Additionally, what better way to be unique then to find one-of-a-kind vintage pieces that you can’t find anywhere else?

Here are a few helpful tips to help you find some treasures while second-hand clothing shopping on Gumtree:

  1. Know what it is you are looking for. Seeing page after page of ads for second-hand clothing can be overwhelming. Having so many items to choose from is amazing, but it can also be a little daunting. Having an idea of the type of item you are looking for before taking the plunge will help you narrow down your search. Use specific keywords when searching, rather than looking broadly.
  2. Be open. While you want to have an idea of what you want, be open to the idea that you may not find the exact thing you had in mind. You may find something similar, but with a little something extra, or in a slightly different colour or fit. Don’t be afraid to give them a try! If they don’t work for you, you can always flip them and sell them again to get your money back. What doesn’t work for you might work perfectly for someone else.
  3. Keep quality in mind. Even with second-hand items, you will get what you pay for. In a world where fast-fashion is so dominant, be wary if something has an abnormally low price-tag because chances are it will be more of a ‘wear for a month’ kind of piece. Unique vintage leather shoes will actually be leather and may only need a good polish to look good as new, but the quality will be much better than a faux leather pair originally purchased a month ago.
  4. Make sure items are authentic. A vintage Chanel handbag selling for R500 is most likely too good to be true. Do your research on what to look for to help you spot a fake. There are so many good knockoffs out there that it can be hard to tell unless you know exactly what to look for. Here is a blog post we published in 2017 about knowing your knock offs! You might find a few helpful tips.

 Now that you’ve got the knowledge, it’s time to shop! Head to or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android).

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