It’s no secret that I will thrift pretty much anything and second hand swimsuits are no exception! By the time you finish reading, you’ll realize how smart and stylish it is to thrift swimwear for you and your whole family!
Is it okay to wear used swimsuits?
Let’s deal with this question right off the bat. Is it okay to wear second hand swimsuits? YES. It’s okay to wear used anything. Every thing is one use away from being used! It doesn’t really matter if you are the one to use it first. No one but you will know it’s second hand (unless you tell the whole internet about it on your blog!) just like no one knows what size you’re wearing or how much you paid for it. Finding a swimsuit you like is hard. Like most women, I am willing to pay pretty much anything for one I like – and B.T. (Before Thrifting), I did. I paid at least $100 for swimsuits that would last one or two seasons tops, and that was before I was in the pool year round. Now, all my second hand swimsuits cost $7 or less. So once again, YES, wearing used swimsuits is actually way smarter than paying ten times the cost for new.
Buying Second Hand Swimsuits
Thrifting a swimsuit is exactly like buying one regular retail (except the price). You should always try it on and keep your panties on when you do. Some wonder if you can catch STDs or otherwise come into contact with nastiness when you shop in a second hand store… As far as STDs go, it’s highly unlikely and in any case, just as possible in a thrift store as in a regular retail store. That little adhesive gusset strip is meaningless according to an apt Huff Post article. As for other ‘things’, it’s possible but just as possible in a thrift store as in a regular retail store! I am in my seventh year of thrifting and have never had any issues. I only thrift pieces or items that are in good condition, I only buy pieces that fit me and I always wash my hands or use hand sanitizer after leaving the second hand store or any store. (Are you starting to get my point?!) One thing to note: the stock in thrift stores varies so you may have to check back frequently before you find the right swimsuit for you. It’s worth the wait!
How to Disinfect Second Hand Swimsuits
Whether you buy a swimsuit new or second hand, there is absolutely no guarantee that other people kept their underwear on in the fitting room. So, the first thing you do once you get your second hand swimsuit home is wash it! There’s no special way to “disinfect” swimsuits and no need for special disinfecting. Launder as usual – for me that means washing on cold with laundry detergent and about 1 cup of vinegar (put it in the softener dispenser of front loading machines). The vinegar is a natural softener and does double duty of getting rid of any smells – works like a charm on hockey gear and camping clothes that smell like campfire too! I don’t usually dry my swimsuits in the dryer but follow the care instructions on the suit and dry if you like. Even if it shrinks, you’ll only be out a few bucks!
Gallery of Second Hand Swimsuits
I have thrifted a lot of swimsuits over the years! Here is a “vintage” post from
20 pounds ago 5 years ago, “VV Boutique Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition!” My photography has improved thank goodness and I have let go of the swimsuit skirt in the current age of body positivity. Here is my current collection of second hand swimsuits with one missing – the new-with-tags Speedo suit I thrifted for swimming lessons a couple years ago. I’m just not in a Speedo swimsuit stage of life!
I hope I’ve sufficiently demonstrated why you should buy second hand swimsuits! You’ll look great and save a ton of money that you can put toward other things – like family vacations! Happy swimming!
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