Sep 30

London's Secondhand Hotspots

by Team Whering

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Going secondhand shopping in London? We've compiled a list of the best spots for ultimate slow fashion steals that won't break your bank. With secondhand September drawing to a close, it's the perfect time to recap all our second-hand discoveries- from our favourite purchases to the best second-hand hotspots.

FARA Charity Shops - Various Locations

If you’ve never had the pleasure of shopping in a FARA charity shop, girl… you are missing out. They have so many unique items to sort through if you feel like having a mooch, but with their variety of preloved clothes, you’ll be sure to find a bargain in no time. They have 41 stores in 27 different London communities, raising money for vulnerable children and families in Romania. FARA shops are always vibrant and bursting with second-hand goodness for your wardrobe. Don’t fancy the trek? You can now shop online too.

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Dress For Less - 391 St John Street, London EC1V 4LD

In the heart of Islington, Dress for Less has been stocking classic vintage designers at a great price for 27 years. Find everything from shoes, handbags, dresses, and more, this is a one-stop shop for second-hand steals. Situated near one of FARA’s charity shops, it's the perfect stop on a second-hand store crawl for you and your friends this weekend.

Now you know some of our favourite spots, discover some of our favourite finds this month.

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Ralph Lauren Racer Jacket

I saw someone on my feed wearing a similar design to the one I have back in 2018. After seeing that the jacket was sold out online, I had been searching for it on and off for the past 3-4 years. I finally found one on Depop early in 2021, which was selling for under retail value (most of the resells were double the original price) and I love it so much. It’s not necessarily a very versatile piece, but I think the time I spent actually looking for it justified it for me in regards to it being a sensible purchase.

Black Open-toe Mules

After over a year of searching, I finally got a hold of these heeled mules in my size and in pristine condition. While they don’t look completely out of the norm from the front, their side profile reveals an open-wedge heel, inspired by a Möbius strip (if you’re not into maths: it’s a one-sided surface that can be created by taking a strip of paper, giving it a half twist or two and then taping the ends together- it has no boundaries, like an infinity loop). A single band forms the sole, heel, footbed and upper of the shoe, sort of twisting around itself- it’s a unique nod to one of the most fascinating mathematical objects and a great conversation starter!

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Oversized Cropped Leather Jacket

I feel like a good leather jacket is such a necessary staple in anyone’s wardrobe, and I really started to feel like I was outgrowing my old one. It was one of those cropped, small, belted classic leather jackets. You know the one. I’ve seen a few people wear this style of jacket, and I really like the way it looked, so when I found the exact style on Vinted I knew it was the one for me. I literally wear it with everything in my wardrobe.

Long Patterned Skirt

I have always been a fan of long skirts, they are perfect for English summer when it's not quite warm enough to get your legs fully out but you still want to feel summery and cute. I fell in love with this beautiful skirt when I saw it in a charity shop for £6.50. Hidden gems like this make me love slow fashion even more. The layers of flowy fabric and the sequins scattered amongst the patches of pattern make it not just a favourite of this month but my entire year.

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Charity Shop Cowboy Boots

Everyone and their mother is buying cowboy boots these days, so you can imagine my excitement when I found this pair in a charity shop for £5. You heard me…£5! There was no way I could leave them behind at that price. They work perfectly with dresses and skirts to spice up an outfit, and they can be worn under trousers when it's a little colder. Go and have a look in your local charity store, you never know what you might find, they really are the gift that keeps on giving.

Vintage Patterned Shirt

I bought this super cute blouse from a vintage pop-up raising money for charity in Shoreditch. I love the print and the green colour is really in style at the moment. When pieces are versatile and can be worn in multiple ways it makes me more likely to purchase them, just like how this blouse can be worn unbuttoned over dresses or crop tops, or as a shirt.

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Those are our favourite second-hand spots and steals, let us know yours and join the conversation on our Instagram or Twitter. And remember, just because #SecondHandSeptember is over, doesn’t mean secondhand shopping is off-trend, or less cool. Every seller who set up a rail at our pop-up proved otherwise (I meannnnn, those Archive 6 jeans? Are you kidding me?).