It can be hard to keep up with the wardrobe demands for your growing family. Sometimes it feels like your little ones outgrow sizes right before your eyes!
Shopping for these items can result in a big cost on your pocket and on the environment. The good news is that there is a better way!
More and more people are choosing to shop secondhand, and for good reason. In fact, secondhand is predicted to become larger than fast fashion by 2029.
So are you keen to find out more?
Well look no further, as here are my 5 favourite reasons why secondhand is so good (and will have you hooked too)!
1. It’s good for your pocket!
There’s no doubt that buying new clothes (especially for the constantly growing little ones) can add up quickly.
One of the best things about secondhand shopping is that it is much more affordable. Often items are barely used or have never been worn.
Not only can you shop for your everyday favourite brands at cheaper prices, but you can snap up some real bargains too!
2. It’s good for the planet!
Fashion is the second most pollutive industry in the world, second to oil.
The throw away culture created by fast fashion is resulting in a huge amount of textile waste. In fact Australians dispose of 6,000 kilograms of fashion and textile waste every 10 minutes!
It’s hard to believe isn't it?!
The good news is that by shopping preloved, gently used items you can reduce the manufacturing demands on new products and help to keep items out of landfill.
By simply extending the life of a single item of clothing by a further 9 months you can decrease the carbon footprint of the item by up to 90%.
You are also setting an example against the throwaway society and reducing the demand on fast fashion, which will support your family and the environment well into the future.
3. You can find unique clothes that have a story to tell
Every item is unique and one of a kind which means there is always something new to be found!
Finding that one of a kind item or your must-have bargain pieces is part of the fun when it comes to shopping second hand. You can shop from a never-ending supply of unique brands, styles and colours.
You might also notice yourself developing a sense of curiosity when you snap up those special items, wondering or imagining where it has come from, and what it’s story is.
Shopping for items that are either being sold or donated by other people also means that items often extend beyond what is available in the shops.
With an endless supply of unique items available, along with that feel-good feeling of knowing you are buying better, you’ll love shopping secondhand for your next outfit.
If you need to update your kids’ wardrobes, or find those special items for your growing bump and baby, you can find some amazing items on Jumping Jack!
4. You’re not at the mercy of the seasons or trends available in the shops
One of the most convenient aspects of choosing second hand is that you can shop for whatever you want, whenever you need. Because there is a never-ending supply of products, you’ll never be at the mercy of the seasonal trends in traditional retail stores again.
This is especially handy if you are shopping for a particular event that is out of season or unavailable in the stores, or if you need to stock up on some warmer or cooler clothing for an overseas trip or even unseasonal weather at home!
Shopping second hand will also give you the chance to develop your self expression as you can choose clothing that best represents you and your family, and not be at the mercy of fashion trends.
5. It’s now easier than ever to browse and shop for items
Getting access to secondhand shopping has extended beyond the bricks and mortar charity shops, with so many platforms available to get your shopping fix now available!
From thrift markets, to social media, and dedicated online buying & selling platforms like Jumping Jack (which specialises in baby, kids & maternity clothing), you can choose how and when you shop!
Another benefit to shopping on online platforms, like Jumping Jack, is that you can cut the time searching for what you're after with built in search filters, and an online shop setup so you can browse from the couch and get your items delivered to your door!
That’s it! I hope these ideas have helped to inspire you to make the switch to secondhand, or at least to give it a go! Happy shopping!
Written by Sarah from Jumping Jack
About Jumping Jack
Jumping Jack is an online marketplace for Australian parents to buy & sell great quality, secondhand baby, kids & maternity clothes.
It was founded in Nov 2019 by Melbourne mum of two, Sarah Bando.
Sarah was inspired to create Jumping Jack after the birth of her first child, and realising how quickly babies and kids (and pregnant bellies) grow - and outgrow their clothes.
Sarah was not satisfied with the global buying and selling platforms, and wanted to create something local, family-focused and simple for busy parents to make the whole process super simple.
You can choose to list your own products for sale using the sell product form, or send your clothes to Jumping Jack using the Clean Out Bag service and have them sell them for you!
This is a game changer service for busy families who just don’t have the time to sell their clothes, but who still want to give their outgrown clothes a new life with another family.
Through Jumping Jack, Sarah is determined to make a difference for the next generation by cutting out unnecessary textile waste and reducing the need for fast fashion items. Sarah has also teamed up with some amazing charity partners, giving customers the option to donate their profits to a cause.