Le Croft Magazine // By Ania Townsin, Digital Style Editor
An overview of sales by the kilo, including how they work, how to get the best quality second-hand clothes and places to look out in Bristol, to create a sustainable new wardrobe this fall.
Since the fashion industry accounts for around 10% of global carbon emissions, one of the best ways to get used vintage clothing without the high prices of big box stores is to sell by the kilo. Kilo Sales uses the weight of the clothes to measure the cost of the purchase. Whatever the brand, the price remains the same! It’s a great way to find unique and durable pieces that would otherwise go to landfill. Sales by the kilo give new life to otherwise neglected vintage clothing and allow the return of retro trends! Preloved Kilo and Paintworks Kilo Sale are two great options in Bristol to get involved in shopping for pounds.
Preloved Kilo is a company that travels across the country and frequently to Bristol’s iconic location, Bristol Beacon, to set up a pop-up store for the day with enough stock to cover four floors of clothing and accessories. Their items include a wide range of jeans, dresses and knitwear inspired by the 70s and 80s, and vintage sports sweatshirts such as Nike, Adidas and Rebook pieces. They even have recycled sneakers, such as Converse, and accessories such as sunglasses, jewelry, and bags.
Preloved is the UK’s biggest vintage seller and has saved up to 500 tonnes of clothing from landfill. In January 2017, the first event took place at Bristol’s Motion nightclub, having started with pop-up stalls at various festivals and events. Principal Buyer Wayne, personally travels overseas to handpick the highest quality used items. While there may be some weird imperfections on some clothes, an item that is missing a button, for example, is easily repairable and means the clothes stay in circulation for longer, making shopping more environmentally friendly. and reduce your carbon footprint!
Since the lockdown impacted the business, the team has managed to strike a deal with George at ASDA to deliver sustainable clothing to the general public! This is a major step in helping to promote used items on a large scale as affordable and accessible to all, which previously regularly limited second-hand purchases.
As Preloved has organized one-day events in major cities across the country, they will be back in Bristol on Sunday 14 November! This event is definitely not to be missed for the chance to choose quality designer clothes at a great price.
Paintworks at Arno’s Vale in Bristol is another distinctive kilogram shop, a dynamic new site created from a previously abandoned industrial complex. Paintworks hosts a range of art events and exhibitions designed to encourage positive relationships with the arts and surrounding communities. They have a wide variety of retro clothing and accessories at wholesale prices, ideal for the fashion-conscious student on a budget with a kilo of clothing weighing just £ 15.
With the next kilo sale that will take place on Sunday October 10, this is definitely a date to add to your agenda! Paintworks is once again an event space that tries to promote sustainable shopping with a variety of kilo sales and events such as vintage furniture sales. Their goal is to remind people of the importance of recycling and giving life back to old household items and clothing. Best of all, they also encourage people to bring their own bags to avoid wasted plastic at the event.
Each item is individual, so as a tip, be sure to grab something if it catches your eye, otherwise it will be picked up by someone else!
Sale by the kilo is a great way to consciously shop with a wide variety of unique and individual pieces, which means there is no chance of awkwardly walking around campus wearing the same sweater as the person sitting at. next to you! It’s always best to buy locally whenever possible, but sales by the kilo are successfully helping to increase the accessibility of second-hand vintage clothing, with the goal of creating a greener fashion industry. There is a lot to do in the Bristol area making sustainable and affordable shopping more accessible, so there are no excuses!
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