If you know anything about me, you will know that buying handbags is one of my biggest vices. My love of handbags that are luxury, mid-range, or other bring me immense joy. In order to buy handbags effectively, many think they have to buy them brand new from the Department store. However, for me, handbags that are of luxury quality can be found at secondhand stores. 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. Thus, understanding what the concept of preloved means is important and will be discussed in this post!

Preloved often means that an item of clothing or accessory was owned by someone else prior to being bought by another. Corporations and individuals both can sell preloved items, and engage in preloved culture respectively. Preloved as a concept is not bound to the context of a store but rather is connected to the concept of selling items to another than you no longer need or have utilization for. When someone states that something is being bought or to buy preloved, it means that the item had a former home and the current owner needs to part with the item for some particularized reason.

Therefore, the concept of preloved phonetically means the an item was a.) previously owned by another and b.) loved by another. Many individuals when discussing preloved items often leave out the factor of loving the item. Many individuals and stores that partake in preloved practices take pride in the second portion of preloved context. If they do not believe that someone is going to love and deeply respect and get utility out of the item, it should not be bought by said person. “Loved” is the integral portion of preloved items. As an avid preloved buyer, donator, 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 was not damaged and misused.

Those that 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 quality of the item is taken care of and the item is not damaged.

It is important when thinking about preloved culture is that the concept of communication is key to understanding what is meant by preloved and preloved culture. When interacting with others that 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. Yet, proper communication is key to effectively understanding what is meant by preloved and buying preloved.

So next time you want to go 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 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, pre-loved 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 P.h.D student studying strategic communication, identifies as nonbinary, and is self-proclaimed baghead!