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There’s a certain type of satisfaction that usually comes after thrift-shopping. Imagine going through multiple hangers and just racks, after racks of clothing, and finally — you’ve found the perfect piece, perhaps a vintage item that is no longer in stores. That’s not all, it’s also reasonably priced.

Thrift shopping also allows you to explore various styles, support local businesses, find genuine designer items that are a fraction of the price but most importantly, it helps with the enviroment.

Every piece purchased second-hand means one less new one produced. Plus, it’ll encourage people to donate their clothes (perhaps earn a little money), instead of throwing it out and end up in the landfills.

Do we need to say more? Time to go shopping.

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Jalan Jalan Japan

Jalan Jalan Japan is one of the more popular thrift stores in KL — with three outlets located across the city, and a forth one that has yet to be annouced. Preloved goods are sourced from Bookoff Corporation Japan, with as many as nine containers would be shipped here from the Land of Rising Sun every month — that is a lot of goods. They pride themselves of being one of the most affordable ones in town, with prices as low as RM1. You’ll also be able to find kitchenware, accessories, sports equipment and more.

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Refash

Not only shoppers are able to get clothes at a fraction of the price, but those who ‘donate’ their clothing to Refash will also earn. Users will only need to make sure their items are still in good condition (Refash only accepts female apparels), drop it off at the store where staff will quickly evaluate and give a quotation for your items. If the price is right, you’ll get the cash. It is that simple.

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Bargain Basement

When you donate your items to Bargain Basement, you’re actually helping those who are in need. All proceeds from sales go to various of homes and causes, which you can find the full list on its website. It’s a charity shop run by IOI Group.

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Bandoru

Here’s another preloved store that sells items from Japan. Everything is said to be original and with quality but is sold at a much lower price. You’ll also be able to find almost every sort of apparel here, which includes ladies and men’s wear, winter coats, shoes and bags of various kinds, and children’s wear.

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Klumby KL

Premium pre-loved clothing and accessories are what you can find here — mainly male apparels, but we’re pretty confident to say that the ladies will be able to find something too. There are Levi’s, Evisu, Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Burberry, Lacoste, Stussy, Bathing Ape, Supreme and more available here — but everything new comes in almost every day so who knows what you’ll be able to find within the racks.

Jolin Lee
Contributor
Unlike most modern-day millennials, Jolin does not need caffeine or alcohol to power through the day (and night). Her eye for beauty is as sharp as her eyeliner flick, and she can spot your unblended eye makeup from a mile away.