The second hand world – second-hand

If you’ve ever heard someone say they’re going to go buy second, "mu owino", Kyikade or thrifting, you might be wondering what they mean. Simply put, thrifting means to go shopping at a thrift store, garage sale, or flea market  (the biggest we have in Uganda is Owino market/ St. Balikuddembe Market) where you’ll find gently used items at discounted prices. Thrifted items have been loved by a previous owner, but are usually in good shape with enough life left to be useful to a new owner.

There are plenty of people you’ll find second hand shopping including:

  • Those who prefer a home filled with one-of-a-kind items that create a homey, creative feel
  • Creative dressers who love to experiment with their personal style
  • Smart shoppers who know you can find great things at a much cheaper price, and so many more

How is a thrift store different from other stores?

 The big difference between a thrift store and retail store is that the items for sale at a thrift store aren’t brand new, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t in good condition. Thrift shopping is a way of giving those items new life.

Shopping at a second hand store is different than shopping at a retail store. When you go to a second hand store, you don’t necessarily go with a list. It's more about the hunt than locating one particular item. Because thrift stores are full of vintage and off-season goods, it’s fun to see what you might find. Whatever speaks to you, whatever you love, that’s what you buy! Plus, when you get to the checkout line, you’ll notice your bill is significantly lower than it would be at a retail store.

Why do people like to shop at second hand stores? 

When you shop at a second hand store, it’s exciting to think about what you might find. The thrill of the hunt is what compels most people to shop at a second hand store. Most second hand store shoppers are also creative people. They’re able to think outside the box to envision new life for a gently used item. For example, clothing at a second hand store isn’t necessarily in-season, but those who buy clothes at a thrift store are able to get creative to express their own personal style in a way that is relevant to what’s in-season.

Most second hand store shoppers can get lost in the aisles of a second hand store. The aisles of old books. Clothing racks with vintage designer finds. Board games that aren’t sold anywhere else anymore. There’s so much to sift through. A second hand store is also a great place to find collectible items, valuable jewelry, and items that you literally can’t find anywhere else.

DeFiX technologies through Gingercity Mart digitalizes the whole second hand shopping experience for you bringing you your favorite items online and right in your pocket through our website , our iOS and android Apps .

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