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The best items to buy secondhand


With the rise of sustainable living and conscious consumerism, buying secondhand items has become a smart and eco-friendly choice and one which we at William George are huge advocates of. Not only does it save money, but it also contributes to reducing our carbon footprint. We believe in the beauty of pre-owned goods and the stories they carry. In this blog, we will explore some of the best items to buy secondhand and why they make a wise investment for both your wallet and the environment.

Vintage fashion

Fashion is cyclical, and vintage items have a way of resurfacing in style with renewed appeal. The allure of vintage fashion lies in its uniqueness and craftsmanship, often missing in today's fast fashion world. Whether it's a classic designer handbag, a tailored blazer, or a statement accessory, vintage fashion is an opportunity to express your individuality. Look out for rare pieces from iconic eras, transforming your wardrobe into a collection you’ll be proud to show off.


Vintage pieces boast exquisite workmanship and unique stories, making them affordable luxury options. By choosing pre-owned jewellery, you embrace individuality with every piece carrying its own history. Additionally, opting for secondhand jewellery supports eco-friendly practices by reducing the demand for newly mined resources. In our auctions you’ll find a wide selection of classic diamond rings, opulent gemstone necklaces, and delicate vintage bracelets, each waiting to complement your style at prices that won’t make you wince.


Furnishing your home can be an expensive business, but it doesn't have to be. Secondhand furniture offers a chance to acquire well-crafted pieces at a fraction of the cost. Older items often boast superior construction and materials, standing the test of time. Moreover, each piece carries a unique history, lending character and charm to your living space. You’ll also find modern pieces that for one reason or another, perhaps they didn’t fit the room they were bought for and were returned to the retailer, end up at auction. So, from vintage to current, secondhand furniture is the way to go.


A wristwatch is more than just a timekeeping device; it is a statement of style. Buying a pre-owned watch allows you to own a luxury timepiece at a more affordable price. Online auctions offer an extensive selection of vintage and contemporary watches, including iconic Swiss brands. Each watch carries its own history and story, making it a personal and sentimental accessory. Whether you're a horology enthusiast or a fashion-conscious individual, secondhand watches are a gateway to finding your dream timepiece at less than you might expect to pay.


You’ll find loads of covetable electronics in our auctions, from the likes of Smeg, Dualit, Sage and others. In our age of booming returns, a massive volume of goods end up being returned for a myriad and reasons and many of them have very little, sometimes nothing, wrong with them. If you’re a dabhand with electrics or simply want to take a punt on getting a gorgeous coffee machine or other item at a snip of its RRP, explore our retail returns auctions. As well as cost saving, you’re supporting the reuse of these items, reducing electronic waste.

Automotive, plant and machinery

For automobile enthusiasts, buying a car is not merely a transaction but a passion. Online auctions present a unique opportunity to own classic cars and modern vehicles at competitive prices as well as modern bargains. For businesses large or small, acquiring plant and machinery can be a significant investment. However, purchasing new equipment can be financially burdensome. Online auctions provide a solution by offering a wide range of secondhand machinery, including tools, trucks and agricultural implements. These items often retain their functionality and durability, presenting a cost-effective way to empower businesses and individuals alike. By buying secondhand machinery, you not only save money but also contribute to sustainable resource management.

Collector's items

Are you an avid collector seeking that elusive piece to complete your set? Online auctions are the perfect hunting ground for rare finds and hidden gems. From antiques and stamps to vintage toys and memorabilia, you're sure to discover unique items to enhance your collection. The thrill of the hunt and the satisfaction of adding a cherished piece to your collection make buying secondhand collector's items an exciting and exhilarating experience.

So, whether you're an eco-conscious consumer, a bargain hunter, a stylish shopper, a vintage enthusiast, or a passionate collector, online auctions provide an avenue to unlock hidden treasures and embrace a sustainable lifestyle. At William George we take pride in curating a diverse range of pre-owned goods, enabling you to make smart shopping choices.

So, why wait?! Start exploring our live auctions today. Happy bidding!