Fired by eco-friendliness, economy and the need for something special, the savviest Beijing hipsters have proclaimed consignment shops and thrift stores to be kosher shopping destinations. Of course, most of the time, this means hitting Williamsburg, Brick Lane, or American Ebay. Only abroad can a wide range of quality secondhand goods be found at reasonable prices, though there are some secondhand markets in Beijing as well as shops specializing in imported vintage.
Worn items are mostly acceptable to young and “cool” kids who with more individual styles of dress – as opposed to pure fashion types.
A vintage tweed sport coat shipped in from Japan seemed somehow more hefty and manly than much of the other attire at fashion parties.
Of course used handbags are the easiest item for most to digest and several Taobao stores already carry these – though they tend also to be brought in from foreign countries.
Mixing vintage items with one-off pieces from local designers is perhaps the best way to create completely unique ensembles.