I’ve been a bargain hunter my whole life. I remember as a kid my mom gave me the option of buying a few expensive pieces at Edgars, or a whole trolley full of clothes from Ackermans. I always chose the latter.
17 years later and I’m still exactly the same. I recently bought myself a pair of second-hand Miu Miu sunnies for R800, they retail for R2500. They’re scratch-free, authentic and gorgeous. #WINNING!
I also bought my car second-hand, and it looks and drives like a brand new car.
I find it hilarious when people are like, “Eww, it’s second hand. It must be gross.” Honestly, if that’s the mentality you have you can’t complain about being broke.
I’m here today to show you that second-hand doesn’t mean second-best. One of my favourite sites is Gumtree, not only because they always have interesting stuff on sale, but also because of hilarious stories like this.
People always have 3 main questions about Gumtree:
1. Won’t I be harmed?
You have to be street-savvy. ALWAYS take someone with you when you meet up for a transaction. Don’t just assume that everything will be okay, because the person sounded cool over emails/the phone.
The world is full of weirdos, and Gumtree can’t help who places ads on their site. It’s up to you to be super safe and to make sure that you take a buff friend/family member with you.
2. Is this ad real?
Look, not everyone on Gumtree is a skelm. I’ve found some pretty awesome authentic watches and sunnies on Gumtree, and most of the time the people selling them are just honest people looking to make an extra buck selling white elephants.
But of course there are a few sneaky snakes too. You just have to learn how to spot them. Always take the name of the product and Google it – check if anyone’s complained about fakes, or if you can find out what the product is supposed to cost. If a pair of Prada sunglasses are being sold as “new” on Gumtree for R400 – they’re fake. That’s it.
But if they’re listed as second-hand, and the person has specified a reason for selling them, they’re probably authentic.
Just always follow your gut – if it seems too good to be true, it usually is.
3. What if it isn’t as it is advertised?
That’s why you should always meet up and look at the product first. Photoshop and crafty wordsmiths can twist an advert to make it seem better than it is. But if you look at it and hold it yourself, you’ll be able to make the call. And if you don’t want it, don’t take it! Don’t ever feel pressured to buy something.
Once you understand the above, the real fun starts!
Here’s why I love buying second-hand products, and why I don’t think it’s second-best.
1. You’ll have stuff other people don’t
The coolest part about buying fashion items second-hand, is that you’re probably the only one who has it. In a world where everything is mass produced, it’s awesome to still have a little something that’s just yours.
2. You’re saving money
There’s nothing more amazing than saving money, except maybe being smug about saving money. Like when someone tells you they bought their sunglasses for R2500, and you’re like, “I bought mine for R800.”
3. You get to brag
I can’t WAIT for people to ask me where I bought my second-hand things from, just to see their faces when I tell them it’s from Gumtree.
Then, when they ask me if I’m not grossed out by the fact that somebody wore/used it before me, I ask them: “Aren’t you grossed out by the fact that the fork that you use at the fancy restaurants you go to has touched 100 tongues before yours?”
4. You find awesome gems
Awesome gems like these!
R1000 on Gumtree
Versace Medusa kicks – contact seller for price.
Christian Dior pumps – R1800
5. You learn how to sell and resell
I will admit that I used to be a total noob when it came to buying second-hand stuff, but Gumtree has taught me so many skills. I’m now a salted a buyer, and pretty soon I’ll be a good seller too.
So you see, second-hand is pretty awesome and a great way to save money. The next time someone makes a snarky remark about your second-hand purchase, just tell them to talk to the second-hand.