For those of us that love fashion, accessibility, and of course, sustainability it’s no wonder that we love thrift shopping too! Thrifting at consignment shops, second-hand stores, rummage sales, and online forums is not just for environmentalists, and fashionistas. It’s also a truly viable solution for anyone looking to go eco-friendly in small ways.
From finding unexpected luxury fashion items or one-of-a-kind vintage pieces, there are always hidden treasures to thrill and surprise you. If you never have been thrifting or are curious about why and how to get started, let us help, after all, there is so much more to thrifting than savvy shopping. Don’t believe us? Here are just a few of the amazing ways embracing the art of thrifting can change your world, and positively impact your community, and your finances. It will soon become a favorite hobby and more importantly a lifestyle! The creative possibilities are endless and it’s highly unlikely anyone will be walking around in the same clothes as you.
Thrifting Is Good For The Environment & The Planet
Shop with a purpose! Thrifting is recycling, and a much better way to shop because it’s kinder to the environment and our planet. The average American throws away 81 pounds of clothes per year, which adds up to about 26 billion pounds of clothing being dumped into our landfills which only adds to our pollution and environmental waste. When choosing a pre-loved item of clothing over a new fast fashion item you are keeping it in circulation and out of the landfill, all while reducing your carbon footprint. And when you're done with it, you can donate it again for someone else to discover and love. The ultimate gift that keeps on giving!
It’s Good For Your Community
When shopping second-hand, pre-loved items, your money is used to help local charities and businesses instead of multinational huge corporations. Thrift stores are also usually associated with charities and contribute to many charitable causes. They also provide jobs in retail outlets and donation centers and often donate to your community hospitals, schools, and homeless shelters. Not to mention giving your money to local shops puts it right back into your community, thrift items are locally sourced instead of having them shipped from halfway across the world.
Thrifting Is Kind To Your Wallet
We are living in a time where everything is costing more, from our food, gas, and rent it never seems to stop increasing. We are also living in a time of a fashion waste crisis, and there is no shortage of second-hand clothes to be found in the world. Most thrift stores will offer lower prices compared to traditional retailers, yet despite being less expensive, second-hand items are actually better quality than new ones. And the reality is we really only wear about 20% of what's in our closet. Thrifting allows you to make more intentional buying decisions while donating the items you no longer use. It may take a bit longer to find the perfect item while searching the racks, but a little extra time will be worth it with the thousands of dollars it could be saving you. Trust me, there’s no better feeling than scoring a second-hand jewel for a small fraction of its original price. Thrift shopping is also one of the most affordable ways to join the slow fashion movement too.
It Helps Your Wardrobe In Expressing Who You Are
There's something adventurous about shopping second-hand, it provides you with a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment. A time of creativity, to step away from the computer and mall mentality and develop a healthier relationship with the things you own. You will find it soothing to turn off your frenzied thoughts and explore the racks for an hour or so and unwind. Enjoy the art of thrifting, inspiring us to delve deeper into our personal style. Develop a wardrobe that has character, individuality, and imagination all while enjoying the economic perks. There’s a certain feeling of pride that comes from working to discover your unique and stunning thrifted treasures, and don’t be surprised when they become the stars of your wardrobe! So start expressing, exploring, and customizing that unique sense of style that makes you special.