I Just Found 23 Amazing Second-Hand Designer Buys, and They're All Under £300

The elusive art of second-hand shopping is no more: Pre-loved goods are widely available, curated to the highest standards and easier to shop online than ever before. Some of us may miss the thrill of rummaging around in a musty vintage store deep within a random village, but there's no denying the pleasure that comes with being able to shop for unique treats in a much easier way. Some of my best purchases of all time have been second-hand or vintage, and the items I get asked about the most are very rarely brand-new—my gold Fendi Baguette bag seems to gather a fan club wherever it goes, and I've been to countless weddings wearing fancy dresses that I wouldn't have been able to splurge on brand-new, but thanks to rental and pre-loved sites and apps, you can switch up a luxury gear with ease.


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Georgie Hyatt of rental app Rotaro

Thanks to social media and the power of e-commerce, vintage has broken into the digital sphere and now reaches a whole new audience, crossing generations and aesthetics. From Instagram sellers and online markets to Depop and Etsy, there are so many ways to discover pre-loved clothing of all price points and decades. 

In terms of luxury pre-loved e-tailers, the landscape is now very busy. Where a few brand names dominated the scene in the early years, you'll now find up-and-coming sites that many fashion people are turning to instead, both for buying and selling their own wares. Of course, there's Vestiaire Collective, which you'll know well, but be sure to check out the likes of Reluxe, The Luxury Closet, Cudoni, Circle of Style, Sellier, Curate & Rotate, Sign of the Times, Lampoo… The list really does go on, and each tends to have its own USP. Lampoo is known for its designer handbags. The Luxury Closet has incredibly stringent levels of almost-new or perfect-condition requirements, so you know you're getting something of the highest value. Reluxe has been set up by stylist Clare Richardson and is the home for cool girls and their yearning for old Céline. 


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So if you fancy dipping your toe in the world of second-hand fashion but are not sure where to start, I've given you a helping hand and found 25 designer buys that I would happily add to basket right now. Not only that, but they all come in under £300. You're so welcome. Scroll down to see what I found.

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Hannah Almassi
Editor in Chief

Hannah Almassi is the Editor in Chief of Who What Wear UK. Hannah has been part of the the Who What Wear brand since 2015, when she was headhunted to launch the UK sister site and social channels, implement a localised content strategy and build out the editorial team. She joined following a seven-year tenure at Grazia magazine, where she led front-of-book news, fashion features and shopping specials as fashion news and features editor. With experience in both print and digital across fashion and beauty, Hannah has over 16 years in the field as a journalist, editor, content strategist and brand consultant. Hannah has interviewed industry heavyweights such as designers including Marc Jacobs and Jonathan Anderson through to arbiters of taste including Katie Grand and Anna Dello Russo. A skilled moderator and lecturer specialising in the shift to digital media and e-commerce, Hannah’s opinion and work has been sought by the likes of CNBC, BBC, The Sunday Times Style, The Times, The Telegraph and MatchesFashion.com, among many others. Hannah is often called upon for her take on trends, becoming known as a person with their finger of the pulse of what’s happening in the fashion space for stylish Brits. Hannah currently resides in Eastbourne with her photographer husband, incredibly busy son and highly Instagrammable cat.