What is the Difference between Vintage and Second Hand?

Most second-hand clothes shops, call themselves vintage shops, despite the fact that they sell a mixture of items and mostly are not strictly vintage. 2nd Take second-hand clothing Franchise stores are not vintage, retro or antique stores. 2nd Take is a second-hand clothing store concept, specialising in international designer branded clothing and aiming for the clothing to be not older than three years. This allows 2nd Take's customers to wear on-trend and contemporary outfits at a fraction of the cost.

Vintage versus Second-Hand

Buying vintage and second-hand is not just trendy, but also sends a fashion statement for environmentally conscious fashionistas. Many men and women are searching for pre-loved clothes that work for them and can be incorporated into their outfits.

The following terms describe clothes from the past:

Antique clothes

Generally a clothing item is considered antique if it has been made before the 1920s.

Vintage clothes

These clothes generally date from 1920 to 1960, and retro clothes have been made after 1960.

Retro clothes

Retro could also be defined as “reviving the styles and especially the fashions of the past.”

However it makes more sense to look at the year something has been made to define it. Clothing items that are 100 years old or more are considered antique and items that are older than 20-25 years are vintage. Antique and vintage will always refer to different decades.

Despite the fact that vintage, antique or retro clothing are all second-hand clothing items, we want to make a distinction between these terms.

2nd Take - the leading second-hand designer clothes franchise store group - not just vintage

Most second-hand clothes shops, call themselves vintage shops, despite the fact that they sell a mixture of items and mostly are not strictly vintage2nd Take second-hand clothing Franchise stores no retro or antique stores. 2nd Take is a second-hand clothing store concept, specialising in international designer branded clothing and aiming for the clothing to be not older than three years. This allows 2nd Take’s customers to wear on-trend and contemporary outfits at a fraction of the cost.

2nd Take - the leading second-hand designer clothes franchise store group - not just vintage

 

Vintage versus second hand

Second-hand means that the clothing item has been at some point owned and worn by someone else.

Vintage, antique and retro refers to a category contained within the second-hand clothes group.

Clothing and fashion trends have, a very short life span. An item, even if it’s a designer item or something bought from a high-end fashion store, once purchased and worn loses at least 50% of its value. Nevertheless, second-hand clothes can be fun and can make great fashion statements.

Clothes that still have a lot of value after they have been created and worn are generally Haute Couture clothes and pieces that have a timeless aesthetic and are of high quality.

2nd Take - the leading second-hand designer clothes franchise store group - not just vintage

2nd Take is the largest consignment second-hand clothing retailer group in South Africa with boutique shops in Cape Town and Pretoria, as well as a convenient online store2nd Take stocks exclusive designer brands and high street labels, often not available for purchase anywhere else in South Africa.

For further information on 2nd Take, please contact us on 021 434 5878 or e-mail franchise@2ndtake.co.za.

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