According to Ágnes Juhász, clothes are like a comfort blanket. If things around you are tricky, you find a lot more stuff in your wardrobe than you could possibly wear and even items you borrow from friends become boring. It’s then that you begin to look for new possibilities, perhaps a communal exchange for owners of tired wardrobes. We visit RE RU HA on Buda’s trendy Bartók Béla út.

Even with money so tight, it’s hard to resist the temptation of buying new clothes. This yearning for luxury gives us instant gratification rather than real quality, even where top brands are concerned, with their savvy advertising campaigns. Do you even wear these things more than three times?

Secondhand clothing stores, such as Swappis – RuhaForgó, try to break this bad practice, combining the communal experience with the joy of getting rid of your unused clothes. RE RU HA is based on the same model and, thanks to its kind service and Ági’s personality, in addition to the great stock, everyone can also enjoy the experience.

The essence of the RE RU HA system is that by joining the store’s community, you can hand over your items that are in good condition but no longer used, for which you receive points to be spent on clothes brought in by others. Of course, you can still pay money instead for what you see and like in the shop.

Ági can be trusted to put together an excellent range – most of the clothes here are in very good condition, of decent quality and with a fair selection of menswear. In addition to the cheaper brands, you might find labels such as Gucci, Ralph Lauren, Burberry and Gant.

In the pictures you see here, the jacket worn by Ági is by Dolce & Gabbana, priced at 5,000 forints. You can also get a brand new Converse training shoes for 5,000 forints, trousers cost an average of 3,000 forints, tops 1,500.

Ági’s experience is that most customers have long been changing their wardrobes either to save money or for eco-conscious reasons, and tend to belong to the younger generation.

Environmental awareness is an important aspect at RE RU HA – Ági makes sure that nothing is thrown away. Larger items are donated to traumatology patients, who may not have their own clothes to go back home in, while other dresses go to the Borostyánvirág Foundation or the Reformed Charity Service.

Long-term plans include recycling the pieces removed from stock to use as material by the motor trade. RE RU HA is therefore not only a great source of cheap, decent clothing but has every angle worked out where recycling is concerned.

Venue information

1114 Budapest, Bartók Béla út 82
Open: Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-4pm