When I learned of preloved culture, it changed the trajectory of my buying and spending habits. Yet, many people do not understand what preloved culture is let alone the concept of preloved on its own. So, let’s take a look at the definition of preloved to understand its importance.
The word preloved, by definition, means the item was loved by someone before being offered for sale. Many resellers often leave out the factor of previously loving the item. Others take pride in the fact that their items have been loved. If a seller does not believe that someone is going to love and deeply respect and get utility out of the item, it should not be sold to said person. “Loved” is the integral portion of preloved items.
As an avid preloved buyer, donor and seller, I seek to make sure that the items I buy and sell are loved thoroughly. Loved further means that the item was well taken care of and was gently used and worn. Loving an item in the preloved community means that the item was used, but it was not misused or damaged.
Those who do not partake in the preloved culture do not typically understand the nuance of the culture. However, when looking for luxury, mid-range, and contemporary clothing and accessories, it is important to understand that the item was taken care of and it was not damaged.
When interacting with others who sell preloved items and those who participate in preloved culture, the need for proper and thorough communication is vital. Communication helps individuals understand the items that they are interacting with in the preloved market. Preloved helps individuals make and bridge community with others.
So, the next time you want to buy an item of clothing or an accessory secondhand, take the time to think about it in a preloved context. When you start buying preloved items, it is important to understand the context surrounding the concept and practice. Moreover, it is important to understand that there is more than what meets the eye when the concept is espoused. Come join the preloved family! We are excited to embrace you!
About our fabulous guest blogger:
Xavier (Zay) is a fashion educator who teaches people how to Slay Responsibly when it comes to handbags, fashion, preloved items and brands. He helps people realize they have more power when it comes to handbags and luxury than they think. Zay lives in the Washington, DC area, is a PhD student studying strategic communication, identifies as nonbinary, and is a self-proclaimed baghead!
This post is adapted from an article that appeared on the Goodwill of Greater Washington Finding Your Good blog. Read the full post.