How to shop secondhand... with Josefina Boston
Part Brit but mostly Swede, East London based Josefina runs her own women's secondhand business (@SecondArchive) alongside being a more mum to her two boys, Leo 3 yo and Wilbur 9 months old. Read on for her top tips for buying preloved!
1. It's all about the fabric!
I always buy predominantly cotton clothes as these can go in the washing machine, can take stain spraying and are easy to repair. Buying my boys beautiful chunky knits that need special care is way too time consuming for me. I don't even have time to care for my own clothes! If I do buy wool, I make sure it is machine washable - most merino base layers can be washed in a 30 degree wash. I just have to remember to take them out before all goes into the tumble dryer - have done that mistake before! Another thing I do with wool purchases is putting it into the freezer first thing, for a minimum of 3 days. To kill any possible eggs from moths. Then I wash it.
2. Size up!
When it comes to sizing I tend to buy jackets and tops on the bigger side so it lasts longer. Except for rain jackets, because if you fold up the arms, rain will find its way in and soak the layers beneath. I also make sure any rain trousers still have the elastic band at the end of the leg - to go under the wellies (not the feet inside the wellies). I've seen too many children getting wet with ill fitted rain gear. Being from Sweden we learn from a young age 'there is no bad weather, only bad clothing'.
3. Shop out of season!
People often sell items at the end of a season, meaning at the start of winter there'll be loads of great summer stock you can buy up ready for next summer in a size bigger! I pop everything I buy ahead of time in a big box I keep under my little one's bed and love re-discovering them later on.