When in need of clothing or costume jewellery, most people head straight for well-known department store chains or boutiques which stock pieces according to the latest seasonal trends. But buyers take note: there is an alternative route for that one-of-a-kind look. Why not consider browsing in second-hand shops, also known as thrift or vintage shops?

These stores sell used items or have a mixture of old and brand new. Many people are completely opposed to the mere thought of buying and wearing someone else