How to Choose Quality Secondhand Clothing

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  • 1). Shop at consignment, vintage and thrift stores that you know stock well-cared-for pieces that are in good condition. This will save you the hassle of sorting through mounds of items that don't meet your standards due to damage, poor construction or cheap material.

  • 2). Look for labels that you know and trust. The prices may be a little higher, especially if the style is in and the garment was well-cared-for, but the quality and reputation of the manufacturer guarantee a longer wearing.

  • 3). Ensure that all seams are tight and secure, especially around the collar, armpits, buttons and zippers. Check sweaters for moth holes, loose stitches and stretched-out necks, armholes and waistbands.

  • 4). Opt for fibers such as wool, silk, cotton, rayon, linen, ramie, angora, cashmere, viscose and blends thereof. Acrylics can pill excessively, while polyester wears out faster than its natural-fiber counterparts.

  • 5). Examine every garment for stains, worn spots, iron burns, fading, small tears, broken zippers and inconsistent buttons. Run a clean, slightly damp, white cloth over dyed garments to check for color rub-off.

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