Why should you thrift?

To start, shopping second-hand is one of the best ways to achieve a sustainable wardrobe. As I mentioned in a previous blog, the cost of fast fashion is more than just the price tag. The environmental costs are extremely high, as the fashion industry significantly contributes to our pollution crisis. Not to mention, the hazardous working conditions and low wages that garment workers face are extremely concerning and unethical. By choosing to buy your clothes second-hand, you can help reduce pollution, the amount of clothes going into landfills, and your carbon footprint, while also not supporting the poor treatment of industry workers. Thrifting can help us make steps towards a better future.

So, you’ve decided to thrift- now what?

With all those racks of clothes, it can be overwhelming when you walk into a thrift store. There’s an abundance of styles, patterns, colors, and no two items are alike. This means that you’ll have to do a lot of sifting. But in the end, it’s worth it. You can walk out of there with items that no one else has and really define your own sense of style without having to subscribe to the constantly shifting trends in fashion. So, let’s make the most out of your next visit to the thrift store!

Here are 3 tips to make thrifting easier

1. Make a List

Before even walking into the store, make sure you know what you’re looking for. Whether you’re shopping for a special occasion or just need to add some basics to your closet, always make sure to create a list before you go. This will help you stay sane in the clutter of clothes. If you don’t know what to look for, you’ll for sure get lost. Creating a game plan will make navigating the store a whole lot easier, since you already have what you need in mind.

2. Try it On

I can’t stress this enough when shopping for clothes- always try them on before buying. You need to make sure that they fit and you feel comfortable wearing them. If you buy something that isn’t right for you, you’ll never get any use out of it and will have ended up wasting your money. There’s nothing worse than buyer’s remorse. So, be sure that it fits and you love it! If it’s not for you, put it back on the rack and don’t be discouraged. There are so many options out there. If you absolutely love it, but it doesn’t fit just right- can it be tailored? Not only is it something that can be altered, but will you actually go and get it fixed? If you make a habit of saying you’ll go get your clothes tailored and never do, I would suggest putting it back on the rack.

3. Scan the Aisles

You might be tempted to rummage through every pile and rack, just to find some hidden gems. But this could end up taking up a lot of your time. Instead, scan the aisles for colors, patterns, and styles that you like to see if anything catches your eye. You could save yourself a lot of time by only focusing on the items that grab your attention. Keeping your favorite colors in mind is a simple and effective way to navigate the racks. When something does make you stop to look more closely, now’s the perfect time to inspect the piece for any defects. You’ll want to look closely for small holes, stains, or damages, since a lot of second-hand items are final sale.

Using these tips the next time you go thrifting, will make it the experience a whole lot easier and more enjoyable for yourself! If you have any other tips for shopping second-hand, share them in the comments! I’d love to know your thoughts on this.

If you missed my Sustainable Fashion 101 blog, be sure to check it out!

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