Designer jeans are usually of very high quality and are therefore designed to last season after season. There are two main types of designer jeans buyers, the first one buys a pair of jeans that they like and wears them pretty much all the time, whether they are in style or not. They tend to keep jeans until they wear out and then throw them away. The second type of jeans buyer will buy a pair of designer jeans each season, following current trends. Then they just wear them for that particular season before moving on to the next trend. These eco-conscious buyers will sell or give away their old designer jeans. So if you are looking to buy a pair of jeans and you want a designer brand but can’t afford to buy new ones, look for a second hand pair of jeans.
There are several different places you can look to buy a second-hand pair of jeans, including charity shops and auction websites.
Thrift stores or charity stores
Charity shops and thrift stores make money by selling donated items. So those who wish to ditch their designer jeans at the end of the season can donate them to one of these stores. The price of clothing varies from store to store, but generally a pair of jeans will cost no more than £ 10, which could be as little as a tenth of what you would pay for a new pair of jeans.
When looking for a pair of jeans at a thrift store or charity store, clothing generally tends to be arranged by size rather than style, so look for the jeans rail and then your waist size on the hanger. Check the label inside the jeans to confirm the brand and size of the jeans, then check the ticket to see how much the store sells them for. Like any other store, try on your jeans before you buy to make sure they fit. Unfortunately, if they don’t fit, it is highly unlikely that the store will have the same jeans in another size.
The rise of auction sites in the late 1990s has provided another platform to buy and sell second-hand items, including jeans. These types of websites generally have a search function so you can enter a search job such as ‘jeans’ and the size you are looking for. If you are looking for a specific brand of designer jeans, enter the brand in the search box as well.
You will be presented with a list of items that match your search requirements. For each pair of jeans, check the brand, size, and full description to make sure the jeans are not damaged in any way. Generally, there is no set price on these types of websites and you must submit an “offer”. Enter the maximum price you are willing to buy the jeans for and then wait for the auction to end. If you were the highest bidder, you will have to pay for the jeans and then wait for them to be mailed to you. The downside to buying jeans this way is that you can’t try them on before you buy them, and if they don’t fit right when they arrive, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to return them for a refund.
The beauty of buying second hand designer jeans is that most people will not know they are second hand and will assume that you paid full retail price for them.