I am currently very fond of online boutiques on Facebook. I know they’ve been around for quite a while now but I really only discovered them recently and have been wanting to try online shopping since. So I’ve been surfing pages upon pages and albums upon albums of nice, unique and affordable collections of clothing, foot wear, bags and accessories, looking for something I liked.
Actually, I found out that I liked many of them. But there’s one shop that caught my attention and it is different from the others. It was recommended by a friend and it’s an online thrift shop called Project Rummage. Basically, it’s ukay-ukay online. The owner, who enjoys thrift shopping, decided to turn her hobby into profit. She offers online shoppers the convenience of buying unique thrifted finds in mint condition for a very low cost without having to go to funky smelling and dusty thrift stores. The entire idea appealed to me specially when I saw that the styles of clothes she picked were generally to my liking and that the prices were indeed dirt cheap.
Project Rummage presents its items on Facebook in a fun and stylish way by putting each piece into an outfit, giving the shopper an idea of what clothes and accessories will go well with it. I also think it encourages shoppers to become more adventurous and daring in dressing up.
So last week, when the first batch of Project Rummage’s September collection came out, I stretched my mouse clicking ability to the next level and staked my claim on the items that I liked. Payment and shipping transactions went very smoothly. My order arrived less than two days after I deposited my payment. I liked what I bought and they all fit me quite well (considering I’m currently carrying a 6 month baby bump!).
It’s me wearing (L) Scherbatsky, denim jacket on Mimin, striped spag oversized top and (R) Eloah yellow mustard sheer top.
You can say that it was a pleasant shopping experience for me and I will definitely shop at Project Rummage again. However, despite how much I enjoyed it, I do think it’s not for everyone and here are the reasons why: First, if you are not comfortable with the idea of wearing second hand clothes, no matter how many times you have them washed, then you will surely not find this appealing.
Second, as to every other online clothing store, there’s no way for you to fit the item. And there are some body types and structures that are simply not bound by set sizes such as small, medium or large but do require actual fitting to see if it falls nicely on them.
Third and last, because everything happens online, you are not actually able to see the material, quality and the small details of each item unless stated. Of course you have the option of asking but if you are a meticulous shopper with a particular preference for the finer details, then this may not work for you. You do not want to be ordering something that will turn out to be a mistake. You’re better off hitting the mall, which is also not such a bad idea.
Thankfully, it worked alright for me. I’ve already worn most of the pieces I ordered and I liked them on me. Project Rummage is just one of many online shops but it does offer something different and exciting. Check out Project Rummage on Facebook and see what’s on sale, maybe you’ll find your next favorite outfit!