As ‘Secondhand September’ comes to an end, we have a quick look at where to buy in Malta and how to upcycle them.
Do be aware that style is one thing and comfort is another. Often fabrics from previous decades are more synthetic. Also, watch out for sizing as a 10 today was not the same as a 10 in yesteryear.
A big shout out goes to Lady Kitt Vintage who embodies the style on her Instagram page and sells items from days gone by.
ComeTogetherClothing is the pre-loved clothing site run by our very own ‘cool-hunter’ Nicole Parnis, who uses her music taste and combines it with clothing to give an authentic feel.
The MSPCA is the favourite stop off for hipsters, bargain hunters and the sustainable set, the number one store being in Sliema. Find BNWT items as well as worn once as well as proper secondhand items. You’ll also find home accessories, toys and books. All proceeds go to the animal charity and if you feel like helping further, have a word with the staff or contact the team on facebook. They’re always looking for shop floor to top floor volunteers.
Personally, I buy second hand when I want to copy an element of a garment and then unstitch it to create a pattern piece as secondhand clothes are usually a fraction of the cost and hassle of a paper one.
You’ll also find that sometimes the buttons or bling are worth buying the whole piece for…. and sometimes the fabric itself can be used to create a new garment or you can upcycle it to make something wearable today.
And as a newbie shoemaker, I’m buying up shoes with interesting heels to dismantle them and use them for my own creations and if I spot any clothing in leather, it saves me buying skins online that I have no control over colour and weight and quality.
So look at secondhand anyway you want, but do have a look, and not just in September.