Second-hand Shopping in Amersfoort

The fashion industry is the second dirtiest industry in the world. When we think of pollution, it’s hard to imagine that our clothes can cause such a big damage. But the impact of the fashion industry on our planet is quite nasty. This industry is responsible for big amounts of water consumption (32 million olympic size swimming pools per year) and CO2 emissions (8% of global greenhouse emissions). Also, the textile dyeing is a huge polluter of water due to the toxic chemicals the production involves. Not to mention the number of tons of waste. Fashion is a complicated business involving long and varied supply chains of production, raw material, textile manufacture, clothing construction, shipping, retail, use and ultimate disposal of the garment.

But is there something we can do?

Yes! As conscious consumers, we can reduce the environmental cost of fashion. Choosing for sustainable brands instead of fast fashion ones, choosing for eco-friendly fabrics instead of synthetic ones and my favorite: choosing to buy second-hand! Second-hand shopping is more kind to the environment because the garment has already been produced. It gives the item a longer life and it prevents it from landing in landfills.

Second-hand shopping has become part of my lifestyle. Every time I need a ‘new’ piece of clothes, I first go to one of the shops I listed below. If I can’t find what I need, I look for a new piece from a sustainable brand. Here are my favorite second-hand shops in the city I live in: Amersfoort – The Netherlands.

Terre des Hommes winkel Amersfoort 
Address: Kamp 79
Charity second-hand shop. You can also donate clothes here.

Second Lifestyle Amersfoort
Address: Leusderweg 98
Second-hand shop. You can bring clothes to sell. It works with a 50/50 commision.

Emmaus Amersfoort
Address: Hendrik van Viandenstraat 4 & Havenweg 14-16
Charity second-hand shop. They have two shops. The one at Havenweg is the biggest. Go there with enough time. There is a lot of nice stuff, but you have to look well.

Vint Amersfoort
Address: Nijverheidsweg-Noord 74
Big warehouse with different vintage shops. You can find second-hand clothes in the shop of ‘Absolutely Everything’.

Kringloopcentrum Amersfoort
Address: Zwaaikom 21
Charity second-hand shop. This is one of my favorites. They restock the clothes section every day. The kringloopcentrum Amersfoort also has a pop-up shop in the center. It’s called ‘Pop-up winkel Oud Nieuw’. Every season they are in a different location. Check them on Facebook to be up to date about where they stand.

Women2day
Address: Brahmsstraat 8
Second-hand shop. Opens from Thursday to Saturday from 13:00 to 17:00

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Strolling around the city, wearing my all-second-hand outfit.

I hope you will give these shops a try. Do you know a second-hand shop in Amersfoort that is not on the list? Let me know in the comments below.

With Love,

Alisson

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Stop Buying Cheap Bad Quality Clothes, Do This Instead

One year ago, I decided to stop buying clothes from fast fashion brands. At the time, I was already aware of all the problems fast fashion brings to the environment and to the garment workers. Still, I occasionally felt into temptation and bought some clothes from fast fashion brands. The last time I went to one of those stores and saw everything on sale made me feel so bad, that I promise myself to not buy new cheap clothes again.

Before my conscious time, like most consumers, I was unaware of the real impact of cheap clothing. They’re designed to be thrown away after a few washes. The fabrics are mostly synthetic, which isn’t sustainable in the long run when you consider the amount of water and chemicals used for the production. On top of that, when a garment is so cheap, it’s a sign that the person who made it was not paid a living wage for their work.

This last issue is the one that bothers me the most. The majority of the garment workers are women under the age of 25. They come from poor regions and have no other choice than work for a low price in horrendous conditions. The more I read about this issue, the more I feel that I can not support unethical brands anymore.

As a fashion lover, it was hard for me to make the decision to stop buying clothes from cheap brands and instead to look for ethical brands. But I decided it was the right thing to do for our planet and for all those women out there who didn’t have the “luck” to be born in a middle-class family like me.

As an Instagrammer, I have a constant change in my wardrobe. But now I change it in a conscious way. Instead of buying cheap clothes, I do other things:

1. Second-hand shopping.
When I “need” a new piece of clothing, I first search all the second-hand and charity shops around my city. My tip: Be patience. With that, I always find what I need. By doing this, I save money and I reduce the production of new garments.

2. Care more for the clothes you own.
Now that I buy fewer clothes, I take better care of the ones I have. I learned to wash less and air them more often. At the end of the day, I hang the clothes that I used on an open space instead of leaving them on the floor. This helps me to keep my clothes in good condition. As for my jeans, I wear them more than 5 times before throwing them in the laundry. I wash my laundry in the washing machine in the 30° degrees setting. I use a little bit of detergent or washing nuts from Seepje. And I add some vinegar in the softener space.

3. Search for outfit inspiration on Pinterest.
There’s a big chance that your closet is full of clothes that are not being used to their best potential. If so, try to pick one item and look for outfits inspiration on Pinterest. Write down, for example: ‘red sweater outfit ideas’, ‘green pants outfit ideas’… This trick helped me to wear the clothes I already have in different styles and made me feel as if I got new clothes.

4. Shop less, choose well.
To do this, it’s important to be more organized with the clothes you own. Sell or give away all the clothes that you don’t like anymore. Keep only the clothes that you love. This helped me to have an overview of my clothes. It makes it easier to check if I really need a new piece in my closet.
But when I do buy a new piece of clothing or accessory, I make sure it’s an ethical brand. To find out, I search information about where the garment is made and from which materials it’s produced. If it’s not on the brand’s website I email my questions to them. If their answers feel good, I proceed with getting new clothes. Buying like this, helps me to choose well when I want to buy something new. I have learned to take my time when I search for a new piece. If you don’t have the time to do the search, you can check this list: “sustainable shops guide”. I have collected those names since I started my journey. Sustainable fashion brands are a little bit more expensive than fast fashion brands, which helps to buy only the garments that you really need.

5. Lend clothes from friends and family.
Do you have a wedding/party/gala coming up? Before looking for something new, ask your girlfriends or sister/cousins to lend you clothes for special events. It’s very common to own fancy dresses but only wear them once. Probably your friends have this kind of dresses as well. By lending a piece you will be saving money and no more clothes will need to be produced.

To leave you some inspiration, here are some of my outfits from last year. All from second-hand or ethically made clothes.

Dungarees and sweater from a second-hand shop in Amersfoort, shoes from Nae and beanie from a vintage shop in Paris. Picture by: Mitchel Lensink
Dress from Jan n’ June and bag Matt & Nat. Picture by: Mitchel Lensink
Dress from Studio Yunit, bag from Matt & Nat, second-hand and boots from The Next Closet. Picture by: Jacco Oskam
Pre-own shirt from a friend, skirt from a flea market, bag from a charity shop and shoes from a second-hand shop in Amersfoort. Picture by: Marisa Elisa Photography
Second-hand jacket and trousers from a charity shop and pre owned shoes from a friend. I got them via a swap party. Picture by: Marisa Elisa Photography

With Love,
Alisson

Read more about fast fashion:
5 Truths the fast fashion industry doesn’t want you to know
The high cost of our cheap fashion
Fast fashion, cheap fashion
Why I stopped shopping at H&M
What H&M doesn’t want you to be ‘conscious’ about

10 TIPS FOR MASTERING SECONDHAND SHOPPING

It´s been now more than 5 years since I started buying second-hand clothes. I have to admit that at the very beginning I was skeptical and didn’t like the idea of buying clothes previously worn by someone I don’t know. That feeling went away as soon as I found clothes that look as good as new and from brands that I would normally also buy new.

Buying used clothes, it´s a more sustainable way to shop because it saves the resources needed to produce an entirely new item. Purchasing used clothing is an easy way to reduce your impact on the environment.

I know that walking into a second-hand or charity shop can be totally overwhelming. Racks overflow with t-shirts, dresses, jackets, shoes, that you don´t even know where to start, I’ve been there too. But practice makes the master, and in the past years, I’ve picked up some tricks for managing the chaos.

Here are my ten tips to help you become a successful second-hand shopper just like me.

1. Do a little research and google the second-hand and charity shops that are around the area you want to go. Once you know where they are, make a little route of where are you going to go first. I save the places as favorite on my phone in the google maps app and the best route will show. 

Picture: Gert Zomer

2. The best is to go with a friend and to make a date out of it. It can be fun to help each other out and you can finish it with a coffee and cake in a nice place ;).

3. Go with a blank idea of what you want to find. Second-hand shops are constantly changing and you will never know what you might find.

Picture: Gert Zomer

4. Once you are in the shop, walk around the entire store and grab everything that catches your attention, even if you are not sure about it and if it´s not your size. You can go through your selection later and decide what to keep.

5. Try on the clothes that you are not sure if they fit you. Then you might decide what to buy and what to leave behind. Please note: Buy only items that fit. Even if it´s something you are looking for. If it doesn’t fit, it is going to end up in your closet doing nothing.

6. Be aware of stains, and clothes that are damaged. The best is to check before you buy them. On all second-hand and charity shops I go, they have a no-return policy.

Picture: Gert Zomer

8. Save your energy and just try the clothes you chose during the first round. Once you tried on and decide what to buy,  pay for your clothes and move on to the next shop.

I go to the closest charity shop at least twice per month. I quickly go through racks waiting for something to catch my attention. Every visit is short and since a lot of the merchandise, I’ve seen before it makes it easy for me to spot what’s new and worthy.

Picture: Gert Zomer

9. Don’t Be Disappointed if you go back home empty handed. Having an all second-hand wardrobe takes time and a couple of visits to the shops. Lots of the time, I go back home without anything, if there’s nothing I like on the racks, I just leave it and save my money for the next visit.

10. If you do find amazing items, as soon as you get home, make sure you put all your new clothes directly into your washing basket and wash them as soon as possible so you can start wearing them.

I hope you like these tips and get inspired to go second-hand shopping. Do you miss any tip? Let me know in the comments below.

With Love,

Alisson
P.S.: All my outfits from this post are second-hand.

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CAN YOU BELIEVE THESE OUTFITS ARE FROM SECOND-HAND CLOTHES?

Thanks to my friends Gita and Tamara I discovered the second-hand world. Back when I was living in Cologne we used to go every Saturday to the “Unicenter flea market”. Once people started asking about where my clothes come from and how come they look so cool my fascination for second-hand shops and flea markets became so big that now over 80% of my clothes are second-hand and I am not ashamed of it. Through out last year I put up some outfits together that I showed on my Instagram. Here are 10 of my favorite looks:

1. 

Yellow jacket outfit
Picture by Marisa Elisa

What I´m wearing:
Jacket and top // Kringloop Amersfoort
Jeans // Street market at the Albert Cuypstraat in Amersfoort
Shoes // Not second-hand or ethically made – bought it before my conscious time

2.

Red dress outfit
Picture by Marisa Elisa

What I´m wearing:
Dress // Lievevrouw snuffelmarkt Amersfoort
Jacket // Kringloop Amersfoort
Boots // The Next Closet
Necklace and bracelet // via A Beautiful Story

3.

The Next Closet
Picture by Marisa Elisa

What I´m wearing:
Blazer, jeans, and shoes // The Next Closet
Bag // Baggin’ you (not vegan)

4.

Pink wall
Picture by Marisa Elisa

What I´m wearing:
Blouse // Charity shop “Terre des Hommes”
Jacket // Kringloop Amersfoort
Jeans // Preowned by my older sister
Boots // The Next Closet

5.

Bomber jacket outfit
Picture by Marisa Elisa

What I´m wearing:
Bomber jacket and jeans // Kringloop Amersfoort
Shoes // United Wardrobe

6.

Picture: Mirthe van den Berg

What I´m wearing:
Jacket and jeans //  Kringloop Amersfoort
Shoes // Preowned by my friend Alejandra A.

7.

Picture: Mitchel Lensink

What I´m wearing:
Turtleneck shirt // Kringloop Amersfoort
Denim skirt // Exchanged via  United Wardrobe
Jacket // Not second-hand or ethically made – bought it before my conscious time
Shoes // Kringloop Soest
Bag // Lievevrouw snuffelmarkt Amersfoort

8.

Picture: Mitchel Lensink

What I´m wearing:
Blouse // Humana second-hand shop in Berlin
Skirt // Preowned by my friend Laura
Shoes // Kringloop Soest
Jacket and bag // Lievevrouw snuffelmarkt Amersfoort

9.

Picture: Marisa Elisa

What I´m wearing:
Jacket // Lievevrouw snuffelmarkt Amersfoort
Jeans // The Next Closet
Shoes // Kringloop Amersfoort
Bag // Not second-hand or ethically made

10.

Picture: Gert Zomer

 

What I´m wearing:
Dress // Preowned by my older sister
Shoes // Kringloop Amersfoort
Bandana // Vintage shop in Berlin PICKnWEIGHT

I hope you like these outfits and get inspired to go to the closest second-hand and charity shop before you go to the regular places you like to go shopping.

With Love,

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SECONDHAND MARKET HAUL

Last month I joined a new flea market concept in Amersfoort that is called “2nd Hand Outfits Market”. I joined other girls and sold the clothes that I don´t wear anymore. The price per clothes rack is 25€. You’ll get 45 clothes hangers and space to put your shoes on the floor. You can put some bags on the side as well. I liked this market because it’s indoor, so you don´t have to rely on the Dutch weather.

 

The market is at “Sint Jorisplein”, a central spot in the shopping area of Amersfoort. It’s located between the H&M and the Bershka, a perfect place because it attracts a lot of people.

 

The shop is decorated with a vintage style and all decoration is for sale.

Second hand clothes

This was my clothes rack around 15:00 o’clock. I had more clothes than this but they were sold very fast in the morning. I had a lot of success with my rack and sold most of my clothes!  Since I was selling good, I went on to check the clothes from all the other sellers and I found some nice things for myself.

Second hand outfits market
Finally found a pink jacket!

I found a fake leather pink jacket! I have been looking for something pink for such a long time and finally found it (an outfit post will definitely follow soon). I also found black basic chino pants and black basic heels. The heels are like new! I can see that they weren’t on the street much. I might not use them often neither but this is the kind of shoes I like to use for special occasions.

Do you feel inspired? Do you want to sell or go shopping at the 2nd Hand Outfits Market? Come this weekend (1st and 2nd of April) and take a look at Sint Jorisplein in Amersfoort.
If you want to rent a clothes rack yourself, please send an email to miranda@buro-pit.nl.

Do you know any other second-hand markets I should visit in The Netherlands? Leave me your feedback on the comments below.

With love,

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CHARITY SHOP CLOTHING HAUL #1

Going shopping to the charity shop is always an adventure. I never know what I might find, and this helps me to step out of my comfort zone and be creative with fashion.

The charity shop that I went is called “De Kringloop” and it´s located in Amersfoort, a city in The Netherlands. Today I am showing you what I bought the past month. To be honest, I picked up a bunch of stuff, but ended up leaving down some and tried to limit myself to four items.

Kringloop Amersfoort 1

The very first and best purchase is this brown jacket. I don’t own any brown jacket and never had tried a jacket like this before, but it was so warm and cozy I had to grab it.

 

Brown jacket

Next I found this red, black and golden blazer. What I liked about this blazer the most is that it looks already cool by itself. It even somehow reminded me of Michael Jackson.

Red and black mango jacket

 

Then I got this green jacket which it´s a little to big for me but I can wear it with some layers underneath. I like the color of this jacket a lot! I love that it’s  unusual piece. Most jackets are black and brown so this one will make me stand out from the crowd.

Green jacket

Final thing i bought is this pink blazer. The truth is that I had one just like this, but I gave it away because it didn’t look good anymore (I wore it a lot!). I was happy to see this one to replace my old one. I like to combine this blazer with a white t-shirt or with a stripes top.

Kringloop finds pink

And that’s all. Not too much, but to me this seemed like a great haul!
I hope that the next time you come across a charity shop, you go inside and see what treasures you might find!

P.S.: Check my Instagram feed here to see some outfits that I did with this items.

With love,

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