Please make second-hand your first choice.
The Planet (and Your Wallet.)
Hongkongers’ shopping habits are among the unhealthiest in the world: our reliance on buying more and buying new takes a huge toll on the environment. Each day, 293 tonnes of textiles end up in our landfills. Insert second-hand shopping: a fantastic way to satiate our shopaholic urges without inflicting more environmental harm.
Although Hong Kong is famed as a shopping paradise, did you know that our city also provides unparalleled opportunities to shop second-hand without sacrificing style or quality?
I LOVE IT WHEN SOMEONE ELSE PAYS FULL PRICE FIRST
The first store we want to spotlight is Hula, a female-founded marketplace that sells pre-loved designer womenswear and luxury goods. Hula revolutionizes the idea of a dusty and unstylish second-hand market. At Hula, you will find snazzy brand-name pieces (think Valentino, Chanel, Celine, Dior, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton) at bargain prices of up to 95% off retail. You can shop Hula’s curated collection online, or visit their boutique store in Central to see their unbelievable finds in person. We also love Hula because it has pledged 5% of their profits to local charities.
I’M NOT A REGULAR MUM. I’M A COOL MUM
RETYKLE is an online marketplace for parents to buy designer children’s clothing at greatly reduced prices. Retykle was founded by a #momtrepeneur who realized that she had amassed a ton of unworn or barely worn babywear, childrenswear, and even maternity-wear. Given that babies speed through a whopping seven sizes of clothing in the first two years of their lives, Retykle is on a mission to keep these outgrown clothes out of landfills.
SHOPAHOLICS: CONSIGN YOUR FATE HERE
Second-hand shopping is not just a one-way street. Even the best shoppers make mistakes: many of us own designer pieces that lie idly in our closet, many with price tags still attached. Missed the deadline to return your items? Luxford (aka affordable luxury) is a virtual marketplace that sells and consigns authenticated luxury menswear and womenswear garments and accessories. At Luxford, you can sell and extend the life cycle for your own luxury goods. Talk about a win-win.
Additionally, check out Green Ladies, a consignment store in Wan Chai where you can both spice up or clean out your wardrobe. The company is committed to empowering middle-aged women to re-enter the workforce with confidence and style.