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TOP TIPS FOR THRIFT STORE SHOPPING

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TOP TIPS FOR THRIFT STORE SHOPPING

I am a huge fan of thrift shop shopping as a brilliant way to find what you need/want without contributing to the demand for cheap consumer goods. It has the added benefits of saving stuff from landfill, and raising money for good causes, so basically it’s a win-win.
I wasn’t always such a fan though.

I have no doubt that there are some people reading this who were bought up in a family of thrifters, and for whom scouring charity shops or thrift stores is second nature.

There might however be a few, who are like I was a few of years ago: I would occasionally wander into the odd charity shop, maybe browse the bric-a-brac, and have a vague flick through a clothes rail or two, before leaving empty-handed. I was always slightly jealous of people when they told me they had found their ‘new’ jumper/jeans/skirt in a charity shop. I could never really find anything I liked, but it turns out I just wasn’t really looking properly.

Fast forward a few years, and our year of buying nothing new has turned me into a huge charity shop fan! All my clothes are now sourced there, as well as lots of the kid’s toys and clothes, and bits for the house too. I have never sat down and added it all up, but we must have saved a small fortune over three years, and so much of the stuff is in great condition.

MY TOP TIPS FOR THE BEST OF THRIFT SHOP SHOPPING:

1. GET TO KNOW YOUR LOCAL THRIFT SHOPS

If you’re not used to frequenting thrift shops then you might be vaguely aware that there are ‘some’ in your local town, but you probably don’t know all of them.
Go for a wander, and really start to look for them. Or if you are new to a town, use Charity Retail Associations website to search for all the charity shops/thrift shops near you.

2. NOT ALL THRIFT SHOPS ARE CREATED EQUAL!

You will find that the quality and type of goods will vary from shop to shop.
Some thrift shops almost look like ‘new’ shops now-clothes are sorted by colour; everything is laid out very neatly, the lighting is bright, and it all looks very lovely.
There are however still ‘old fashioned’ thrift shops out there where everything is a bit of a jumble, but I love these-things tend to be a bit cheaper, and you get to have a good old rummage!
And you will also find that some shops specialise in just one thing, e.g. clothes, or electrical items. Get to know your local ones, and which one’s suit your style.

You can explore some of the thrift shops in Santa Rosa Beach, FL and checkout the amazing things they have to offer.

3. LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

I have never actually tested this out, but there is a theory out there, that thrift shops in more upmarket places, will have better quality stuff, and are more likely to have high fashion brands in them.
Be aware though that thrift shops are now pretty clued up as to what brands are worth what, and the prices will reflect that.

4. MAKE A LIST, CHECK IT TWICE

During My Make Do and Mend Year, we made a list of the things that we needed, and I carried this around with me to consult when I did my little charity shop rounds. It helped me to remember that I was on the look out for size 5 wellies, or a whisk for the kitchen, and helped me be more targeted when I was browsing.

5. GO FREQUENTLY

Don’t just go once! Keep visiting regularly as the stock turns over pretty quickly, and if they don’t have what you need one week, they might in a week or two’s time.

6. TIME YOUR VISITS

Again, this is an untested theory, but some people recommend going on a Monday or Tuesday, as lots of people will have been clearing out their wardrobes/cupboards over the weekend, so there will be lots of new stock at the beginning of the week.

7. HAVE AN OPEN MIND

I once nearly walked away from a coat because I didn’t like the buttons. It took longer than it should have done for me to register that I could actually change the buttons really easily! I bought it, and rummaged in my button collection for some suitable ones, and now I LOVE it, and everyone always comments on it.
If something fits well, but you don’t like the colour, it can be dyed. And if you can sew, then many things can be altered or re-fashioned to suit.

8. THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX

Cast your eye over the menswear section for snuggly jumpers and cardis. Men’s shirts are a great source of quite a lot of fabric for sewing projects, as are sheets and duvets. Jeans are super versatile and even ties can be upcycled in all kinds of imaginative ways.
Look at things with your upcycler’s specs on: all kinds of things can be repurposed into something you need-check out all these ideas for old tennis rackets!

9. THE SNIFF TEST…!

Some thrift shops will have a particular smell to them, and this can pervade the clothes.
Check the labels to see if things can be chucked in the washing machine, and if they can then this should get rid of most whiffs.
 Bicarb is a great de-odoriser (soak items in bicarb and water overnight), and a top tip from a theater wardrobe mistress is that neat vodka sprayed onto smelly areas will remove the smell.

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Top 7 Sustainable Fashion Documentaries: What we can learn from them?

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Top 7 Sustainable Fashion Documentaries: What we can learn from them?

Glamorous looks, trendy accessories, expensive purses… is that what fashion is about? Are we aware of the cost of making our looks? There are environmental, social and economic costs to making clothes, much more that we thought we knew. Check this list of the Top 7 Sustainable Fashion Documentaries and learn more about the cost of Fashion and its alternatives:

  • The True Cost: This documentary uncovers the details of Rana Plaza Disaster in which a garment factory collapsed in Bangladesh, killing 1134 people in the incident. It uncovers the harsh reality and bizarre situation of human beings working in the fashion industry as they pay the cost of our trendy fashion products.
  • River Blue: This documentary unveils the severe consequences of the fashion industry on marine life and our precious water reservoirs, Rivers. It unearths the secret that the fashion industry is one of the world’s most polluting industries and it puts an emphasis on the dark side of the fashion industry. The more you dig, the more you find.
  •  Slowing down Fast Fashion: the film helps the viewer realize how we direly wish for cheap clothes all the time, and how it puts a huge toll on the environment and laborers working in the fashion industry. The thing with this documentary is that doesn’t provide solutions or answers to the problem.
  • The Minimalists: This is another story highlighting our habit of buying too much stuff and products beyond our needs and requirements. It emphasizes the idea that we can live on little stuff rather than accumulating too much and expending too much money.
  • China Blue: This is a story of a Chinese worker Jasmine Li from Sichuan province. This highlights her work at a jeans factory and unveils the harsh environment there. 
  • The Next Black: This movie suggests a platform for designers and innovators across the globe to come closer and work out on how the fashion industry should move on.
  • The Machinists: This documentary unveils the exploitation of garment workers in Bangladesh by depicting the personal stories of three young women working in Dhaka. The movie shows how they fight every day to survive, struggle for their livelihood, face their bosses and how they make the clothes that we wear.

You can do a lot to on your level to reduce the waste the fashion industry produces every year. You can choose ethical and environmental friendly brands to shop from. You can also try to repurpose and upcycle your old clothes and also donate the clothes to charities and thrift stores in Destin, FL.

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Reasons Why You Should Always Buy Used Books

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Reasons Why You Should Always Buy Used Books

While all books are wonderful, used books hold a special attraction for voracious readers. Knowing that the stories within have been experienced by someone else and have made a circuitous journey to get to you is incredible. Even if you are buying more practical books, buying them used is a great way to get what you need without draining your funds for other things.

They Save You a Ton of Money

As with buying anything secondhand, buying used books is an effective way to save a lot of money. Brand-new books are often overpriced simply for the fact that they are new. Guess what? The words are the same whether the book is new or has been loved by readers before you!

Used books from a thrift store in Destin, FL can cost a small fraction of the price of a new book. This is especially true of larger books like textbooks, which can run up the cost of your purchases more quickly than you would think.

They Allow You to Read More

For truly avid readers, a fully stocked bookshelf is never enough. If you want to keep yourself inundated with new books to read, buying used is really the best way to go. Not only can you get more books for each dollar that you spend, given how cheap they are compared to new books, the sheer variety of books you can buy secondhand will also ensure you have plenty of different genres to read.

Buying used books makes it so you never have to experience the awful emptiness of not having another book at hand to read.

You Can Expand Your Horizons

Chain bookstores only stock the latest books that every single person who reads is going to pick up. If you are sick of just reading the same popular books as everyone else, there is no better way to avoid it than by buying your books used.

Given that used books can come from many different people from all walks of life, you never know what you may find hidden away in the corner of a used bookstore. Keeping an open mind is important, especially while reading, and opening your mind to stories or ideas you had never considered before can be a huge benefit to your life.

You Get to Enjoy the Search

When you walk through the same chain bookstore that you always go through, very little will surprise you. Because of this, you simply walk to the genre you already like and take a quick peek to see if there is anything new. On the other hand, searching through used books is like going on a treasure hunt. You never know what you might find if you dig deep enough.

Who knows; maybe you’ll find an esoteric out-of-print book from an obscure novelist, a treatise on a little-known historical occurrence, or simply something that will make you laugh at its cover. But you never know if that book could be your next great read until you try it out. Looking for new books is part of the fun of being an avid reader, so enjoy searching the used book section of your local secondhand store.

It Helps Out the Environment

At the end of the day, books are still just collections of paper—paper that depleted a lot of trees to make. Tossing old books is such a waste of both a good book and all the paper that was used to make it. You can have a small part in helping the environment by keeping these used books out of the trash and on a bookshelf.

Resist the urge to buy a new edition of an old book with a cool new cover when there are a great many editions of those books still in stores all over the place. This allows us to keep information and stories circling while also protecting the environment.

They Let You Contribute to Your Community

Many secondhand bookstores, contribute greatly to charitable organizations that help your local community. If reading and helping your neighbors are both important to you, then buying a used book instead of a new one is just one small way that you can give back while getting your reading fix in as well.

It’s a win-win for everyone involved. You get a new story to read, the store can continue to fight against the larger chains, and your community gets a cut of the money you have provided for the book as well.

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Why You Should Thrift Shop With Your Kids

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Why You Should Thrift Shop With Your Kids

Struggling to come up with things to do with your kids is something that every parent goes through regularly. Children need entertainment and mental stimulation to learn and grow. Here, you’ll look into why you should thrift shop in Destin, FL with your kids so that you can see how fun and beneficial it can be for them.

It Shows the Value of a Good Deal

Something a lot of parents have trouble with is making their children understand the value of the money they spend. You can use thrift shopping to teach your children a different way of thinking about the things they buy. They get to see how you can find great items at prices that are much cheaper than retail, thereby illustrating how some retailers will try to gouge them for more money. It’s never too early to teach your child how to be smart with their money.

It’s a Treasure Hunt

One of the best reasons you should thrift shop with your kids is how fun it can be. To a child, a thrift store is like one big treasure hunt. You never know what you’ll find, you have to dig into the racks to find the treasure, and the offerings change between each visit. Make a scavenger hunt out of your trips to the thrift stores to make it even more entertaining.

It Allows Them to Express Themselves

With thrift shop items being much more affordable than other retailers, you can feel free to let your kids go wild with their finds. Giving your children the freedom to express themselves in the moment is one of the best ways to develop their own sense of self. Let them try on something that you would never have picked out for them; it might just become their new favorite thing.

It Lets Them Be Creative

Thrift shopping with children is all about being creative with what you find. Let them go off on their own to find things they like and can turn into something else. Work with your children to determine how you can turn a piece of furniture into something new for them. Maybe an old entertainment system can become a storage unit in their playroom—or perhaps it can feature in an obstacle course they want to build. Your only limit is your—and your child’s—creativity.

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Why Thrift Shopping Is So Fun

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We could all use a new hobby or interest nowadays—something that can pick our spirits up when times are difficult. If you’ve never been to a thrift shop before, or if you’ve never done any serious thrifting, you’re missing out on a ton of fun. What is it about thrift shops that make them so alluring to so many people? In this article, you’ll know exactly why thrift shopping is so fun.

The Thrill of the Hunt

We’ve all heard the saying that the journey is always better than the destination or that the anticipation of something is often better than the thing itself. Thrift stores are full to bursting with that sense of anticipation. As you run down the aisles of the thrift stores, you never know what you’ll be able to find. That buildup of excitement as you enter the door continues throughout your shopping experience.

The Feeling of Discovery

The journey may be incredible, but the nice thing about thrift shopping is that the destination is usually just as satisfying! Once you find that perfect item you were looking for—or better yet, an item you weren’t looking for—that’s when you’ll really start to understand why thrift shopping is so fun. The combination of the search and the discovery of something new is a feeling that we don’t get to experience often in our day-to-day lives.

The New Sights To See

You never know what you’re going to find in a thrift store, and the shelves are always rotating. The store can look completely different from one week to the next. The best part about this is finding something you didn’t know you needed until you saw it on the shelf. You might find:

  • A piece of vintage clothing
  • The perfect knickknack
  • Obscure books to read
  • The last item you need to finish off your kitchen or living room

Exploring all the new items that come in is one of the favorite parts about thrift shopping, and it’ll be one of yours as well.

The Satisfaction of a Good Deal

Is there any feeling quite like knowing you just got something new for the lowest price possible? That’s what thrift shopping is all about. Getting a great deal (whether you need the item or not) is one of the best parts of thrifting. You won’t find better deals on great finds than inside a thrift store. If you’re looking to get the most for your money, you owe it to yourself to go for thrift shopping in the thrift stores of Destin, FL

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A Basic Guide to Thrift Store Shopping

A Basic Guide to Thrift Store Shopping

Lots of people dislike thrift stores, for a number of reasons. Often people feel they are “above” thrift stores, that thrift stores carry nothing but junk, or that thrift stores are dark, dirty, and depressing.

While there certainly are some pretty dismal thrift stores out there, most are fairly clean and well-organized stores that weed out the broken, filthy, and otherwise unusable before putting stock on the sales floor. And the customers come from all walks of life, from street-walking transvestites to trendy college kids to retired heiresses.

“Thrifting” is fun and it’s cheap — and it’s also a good deed, providing funds for various charities as well as keeping perfectly usable goods out of landfills and incinerators to provide a few more years of service.

If you’re new to thrifting, here’s a few pointers to help you make the most of a visit to a thrift store near you.

Be nice. The people who work in thrift stores are, as you can imagine, not usually paid very well. They may not be paid at all, as many thrift stores provide vocational training or rehabilitation services to people on some form of state aid. So be nice to them, just because it’s the right thing to do.

Do the circuit. Thrift stores tend to cluster together in areas with high traffic and low rent. Make a day of visiting all the shops in an area. Since each of the major charities that runs thrift stores tends to appeal to a different kind of donor, each store will have a slightly different kind of stock, so take the grand tour and take it all in.

Know the specials. Many thrift stores run different kinds of specials, often offering discounts of 50%, 75%, or even more off their regular daily prices. In my area, one chain takes 50% off anything with a different color tag every week, another discounts anything dated over a month ago, and still another puts out a monthly calendar with different half-off items each day (like ‘anything with a zipper”, “anything plastic”, and so on).

Know your charity. Some thrift stores are run for profit, so this doesn’t apply to them; for the rest, knowing who sponsors the store might provide valuable insight into what you’ll find there — or incentive to patronize (or not patronize) specific stores.

Be creative. One of the fun things about thrifting is that you will see things that lend themselves to uses quite different from their original intended functions.

A waste-basket can hold poster tubes, a suitcase can act as a coffee table, a record crate can be turned sideways to organize binders, etc. Keep your eyes (and mind) open for objects the might fill a need in an unusual and interesting way.

Have a use in mind. This is a warning: don’t get carried away. Be creative, be practical, but also be sure that you can actually use everything you pick up at thrift stores.

Low prices and the “here today, gone tomorrow” nature of the stock can lead to hasty purchases. Don’t shop for needs you might have, down the line — shop for things you can use immediately when you get it home.

Give back. Don’t forget to drop off the things you no longer use or need when you’re at the thrift store! Most of us have a pile of stuff to give away “someday” — old clothes, an unused piece of furniture, a box of books pulled from the shelf to make more room. When you’re heading to the thrift store, pack it up and take it with you.

Haggle. I don’t like to say this, because I hated when people bickered over prices with me when I worked in thrift stores. Don’t haggle for the sake of it — chances are you’re already getting a bargain, and stores aren’t under any huge pressure to move any particular item (unsold stock, especially clothes, is often sold to exporters who ship it overseas).

But thrift store employees don’t have much to go by in pricing goods for sale, and they make mistakes — if something seems clearly overpriced, ask to speak with a manager (don’t put floor staff in an awkward position) and make a more reasonable offer.

Don’t be afraid to leave empty-handed. Thrifting isn’t like other shopping, where you go in with a list of what you want, get it, and go. Thrifting is a scavenger hunt, where you can hope and dream about the Ultimate Bargain but have to expect not to find it.

Half the fun is in the looking — and in thinking up goofy uses for the unidentifiable products that someone, somewhere, once thought fit to spend good money on, or in making up back stories for the forlorn detritus of people’s lives, stuff marked “Bobby, 1st grade” and “Cheryl, love you forever, Dina”. Have fun and don’t worry if nothing strikes your fancy enough to take home with you.

Thrifting is obviously not the most efficient or productive way to shop, so think of it as part of your leisure activities (with occasional payoffs) the time you spend hopping from store to store is what you do next action lists, priority quadrants, and time tracking to make time for.

Take a day your next free weekend to explore the thrift stores in Lebanon, TN and see what you come up with!

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Benefits of thrift shopping for students

Benefits of thrift shopping for students

Shopping today takes many different forms from shopping centers to online websites, but one way to shop that has re-emerged on the scene is thrift shopping.

Thrift stores first popped up in the late 19th century, according to Time magazine. When the industrial revolution introduced the mass production of clothing, clothes were seen as more disposable.

As urban populations grew, the size of living spaces shrunk, and more possessions were being tossed. Time also reports that thrift stores like Goodwill and The Salvation Army started becoming organized like department stores and changed their name from junk shops to thrift stores in the 1920s, allowing the middle class to feel comfortable shopping there.

In 2018, there are currently more than 25,000 resale, consignment and not-for-profit resale shops in the U.S., according to The Association of Resale Professionals.

About 16 to 18 percent of Americans will shop at a thrift store during a given year, according to America’s Research Group, a consumer research firm. For consignment and resale shops, it’s about 12 to 15 percent. Whereas, 1.4 percent of Americans shop in factory outlet malls, 19.6 percent in apparel stores and 21.3 percent in major department stores.

In 2012, rubber, leather and textiles made up nearly nine percent of the 251 million tons of waste produced in the U.S., according to the EPA.
Throwing out old clothing just shortens its journey to a landfill.

Cotton takes one to five months to biodegrade in landfills, whereas nylon can take 30 to 40 years, and synthetic fibers, like polyester, can take between 20 to 200 years to biodegrade, according to a Biodegradability Study on Cotton and Polyester Fabrics.

“Buying second-hand is better for the environment because it’s recycling someone’s old into my new,” PSUC junior environmental science major Teresa Moran said. “It also saves me a lot of money as a college student.” Thrift stores have clothes that aren’t sold in mainstream stores today.

Graphic sweaters from the ‘90s, flannels with oversized look and even retro boots are just some of the things people can find in a thrift store.
Michael Otton, PSUC senior environmental planning management said, “You can find things that you wouldn’t find in department stores, and it’s really cool how you can find various fashions from different eras.”

Otton frequents thrift shops because of the low cost of everything, even expensive articles of clothing like winter jackets.

“Unlike department stores, I have never walked into Salvation Army and spent more than $10 on one item,” Otton said. “I have found some of the most high quality stuff for so cheap at thrift stores, and it’s always so exciting to dig for new stuff.”

Thrift stores are like treasure hunts to some shoppers. Thrift stores today can carry a wide variety of items and clothing from kitchen appliances to retro hats for very low prices.

“You can find so many unique items that you really can’t find in any retail store nowadays,” Lewis said. Thrift shops in Lebanon, TN are appealing to people for unique items and low prices.

“Whether or not I’m looking for oversized sweaters and flannels or an outfit for a themed party, I can always find something,” PSUC junior environmental studies major Charlotte Martindale said.

“I also feel like most items that I have purchased from a thrift store have been made from durable material in comparison to some new items bought at malls that are also priced way more than items in a thrift store.”

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Three Reasons Why Thrifting is Better for the Environment

Three Reasons Why Thrifting is Better for the Environment

Thrifting or shopping secondhand is a great way to reduce your environmental footprint while finding some really cool and unique items that you wouldn’t be able to get elsewhere.

Buying items brand new might not seem like it has a very big impact on the environment, but every small action counts. By shopping for things second hand, you are voting with your dollar as a consumer to not support the industries that cause pollution and tons of waste.

Here are some of the many reasons why thrifting is better than buying new items. 

1) Less Resource Consumption

The creation of new things takes a lot of resources, especially in today’s world of fast fashion and hyper-consumerism. Some of these natural resources are being used at a rate that is faster than they can be produced and are non-renewable.

When it comes to clothing, electronics, and other home goods, it takes a lot of water and energy to make these items. When you thrift something, you are not directly supporting the demand for new things to be made, and this has a positive impact since resources and energy were already used to create that item.

Specific to clothing and textiles, less fabric is wasted, and the water footprint of an item becomes less since the life of the item is extended. 

2) Fewer Things are Thrown Away

Not only are we using fewer resources when we thrift something, but overall, less things are thrown away as well. Shopping second hand is a great way to give a new home to some awesome items that would otherwise end up in the trash. 

In today’s society of consumerism, people often buy things without realizing they don’t really need them, and with items that are cheap and accessible people tend to throw them away.

To help lessen the impact that this has on the environment, you can choose to donate things instead of tossing them and consider looking for an item secondhand next time you need something.

 One thing might not serve the person that originally bought the item, but maybe it’s an item you’ve been looking to have or something that goes great in your home. With thrifting, you keep these items from going to waste by giving them a new life. 

3) Less Chemical Pollution

It takes a lot of manufacturing and processing to be able to create new things. When it comes to clothing, textiles need to be grown using pesticides, and then those fabrics are treated with harsh chemicals and dyes that can be not only harmful to the environment but also to our health.

When we create synthetic fabrics, greenhouse gases are released which contribute to climate change. These chemicals contaminate our water, soil, and air, and this can impact wildlife and the quality of many resources we use to survive.

Toxins can also disrupt our hormones and gut microbiome, and there’s still research to be uncovered as to how these chemicals can impact our bodies.

By choosing to buy secondhand, you aren’t supporting the demand for new products to be made using these chemicals, and the negative impact the item has on your health can also be much less compared to buying the item brand new.

These are just a few of the reasons why shopping second hand is beneficial for the environment. Whether you find something new with the tags on it still or a preloved vintage item, you are choosing an option that didn’t involve new resource and energy consumption, potentially saving something from being thrown into a landfill, and lessening the burden of pollutants on the environment that come from consumerism. 

Shopping at the thrift stores in Lebanon, TN are a great way to find some pre-loved pieces that still have a lot of life in them. The beauty of thrifting is that you never know what you are going to find!

Whether you are donating your unwanted items, looking for something specific, or just seeing what is out there, thrift stores are a great resource to find cool items while saving money and the planet.  

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5 Best Online Thrift Stores for Sustainable Shopping

5 Best Online Thrift Stores for Sustainable Shopping

Following trends and buying new clothes tends to break the budget pretty fast. Shopping from fast fashion retailers helps to save cash while still buying new things, but at what cost? Clothes waste keeps rising as trends change. Fast fashion brands keep overproducing to feed into buyers’ overconsumption, and it’s a vicious cycle.

Shopping at thrift stores is a great way to shop sustainably while still getting trendy pieces at a low cost.

Why Is Thrifting the Way to Go?

Thrifting saves you money. You not only give pre-owned clothes a new home, but they often sell for a fraction of their old price. Besides the money-saving perk, though, thrifting is a great way to avoid supporting fast fashion and buy clothes in a more sustainable way.

Though there are many sustainability-forward clothes shops available currently, and more and more coming up each day, they tend to come with a hefty price tag attached. So most people simply can’t afford to shop there. But that shouldn’t deter your sustainability journey.

Advantages To Shopping For Clothes Online

This is where thrift shops shine. They offer all sorts of pieces from every category, from high-end brands to fast fashion and vintage pieces, it’s all there. And if you love a certain H&M top or Shein dress, it’s better to look into buying it secondhand rather than supporting the companies directly.

Online shopping has always been appealing, and online thrift stores make the thrifting experience even easier and simpler. Instead of spending hours on your feet rummaging through racks and clothes bins trying to find your next garment, you can type in a quick search, mark the proper filters, and scroll in the comfort of your couch.

1. ThredUp

ThredUp offers “Secondhand Clothes, Firsthand Fun”. It’s among the most recognizable places people go to online thrift. The store hosts millions of items, ranging from lower to higher-end brands.

You can find everything there, and the best part is it has many handy filters. Like, ones for petite and plus-size thrifting, which can be a huge time-saver and ease the whole shopping experience.

Apart from buying clothes from ThredUp, you can also sell your own items, all from the comfort of your home. If you order a Clean Out Kit, you get sent a giant polka dot bag that you can fill up with your clothes and ship it back to the company for free!

ThredUp does all the staging and photographing for you, and when your items sell, you earn money either as store credit or cash. Anything they don’t accept, you can either get sent back to you or get recycled. Isn’t that just the easiest way to get rid of unwanted clothes sustainably and make money off them with minimum effort?

If you want to save a few extra bucks when shopping on ThredUp, look for YouTuber discount codes. ThredUp often sponsors creators, so take advantage of that.

2. Depop

Depop lets you buy and sell fashion items and strives to create a global community that prizes diversity, inclusivity, and sustainability. When you shop at Depop, you help reduce waste.

The platform is right for you if you’re looking for more edgy, creative pieces. The entire platform takes great inspiration from Instagram in its setup and aesthetic, and it shows. You can spend hours browsing through its different feeds.

Like ThredUp, Depop lets you sell your items. It encourages people to display both what they’ve sold and what they’ve bought on their feed. Due to its edginess and social media presence, Depop tends to attract a younger crowd.

3. Poshmark

Poshmark is a great place to look for high-end designer brands and get them for a fraction of their original price.

The online thrift store offers items for women, men, kids, pets, and even the home. When you join Poshmark as a seller or buyer, you become a part of a global community. The platform boasts an impressive 70 million registered users with over 200 million items for sale.

You can find new or gently used secondhand, or as Poshmark puts it, “pre-loved” items. Every brand you can think of is likely to be featured on the thrift store, and there’s an incredible selection you can browse.

If you find something you like, but it’s out of your price range, Poshmark encourages haggling and even has an “offer/counter-offer” feature. There’s also a “like” feature that helps you track if an item has a price drop, so you can snag it.

4. ASOS Marketplace

As the name lets on, ASOS Marketplace derives from the popular ASOS fashion site. But since ASOS falls under the fast fashion umbrella, it’s better to support the online thrift store instead.

ASOS Marketplace is full of vintage boutiques and independent designers, and the platform is so easy to navigate. You can use the separate tabs or the search bar to browse for items and click away until you find them.

There’s also a separate Boutiques tab that takes you to a whole slew of boutiques waiting for you to explore them. There’s they Are Curves that caters to curvier individuals, Cuteryko that sells quirky handmade jewelry, and so on.

The online thrift store displays items modeled by real people and prizes inclusion and diversity. So, you’ll see plenty of different body types and skin tones while thrifting, helping you select the fit and shade that’s right for you.

5. Vinted

Vinted is an online marketplace that helps grant old clothes new life. The online thrift store lets its users buy, sell, and even swap new and secondhand items. It mainly deals with clothing and accessories.

It hosts a community of people who’d prefer to get rid of the items they no longer want sustainably, by finding a new owner. The platform is easy to use, and once you land on it, you’re dropped right in the thick of it, among the listed items for sale.

If you want to sell rather than buy, there’s a button you click, and it takes you to sign up. It only takes a few easy steps, and you’re good to go. Vinted is a mixed bag thrifting experience, as you can find a little bit of everything on it.

Is Thrifting Even Worth It?

In recent years, people have begun turning to thrifting spaces and using them to turn a profit, buying items for cheap and then re-selling them with a markup.

Sometimes they get their stock from other sellers, other times from physical thrift stores, and often they even turn to fast fashion stores, completely ruining the purpose of secondhand thrift stores in Lebanon, TN.

But these people are only a fraction and don’t represent the whole, so don’t overlook thrift shops just yet. Find an online thrift store that works for you, and get into it. Find a community, buy and sell sustainably, and do your best to reduce your clothes waste and not support fast fashion shops.

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5 Reasons Why Thrift Shopping Is Better Than Supporting Fast Fashion

5 Reasons Why Thrift Shopping Is Better Than Supporting Fast Fashion

Thrift shopping seems to be all the craze nowadays, with influencers flaunting their ‘thrift hauls’ left and right. However, buying pre-loved items at discounted prices is more than just a trend.

It’s a great alternative to supporting fast fashion, which accounts for much of the pollution and human rights violation in the world today. If you aren’t already a thrifter yourself, hopefully, these five reasons will convince you to ditch flagship stores in favour of thrift shopping.

Thrifting is cheap.

Perhaps the most obvious reason of all, thrift shopping can really help you save the big bucks.

Seeing as most items of clothing cost at least RM20 to RM30 these days, buying first-hand garments can weigh heavily on your wallet, especially if they’re not going to last very long. On the other hand, the clothes at thrift stores cost at least two times less than that.

While many of us tend to think that cheap low quality, you can actually find some hidden gems at thrift stores if you’re willing to look for them. (Not to mention the wonderful sense of accomplishment when you do!)

Thrifting is a great way to experiment with fashion.

If fashion’s your passion but you’re short on cash, then thrifting is the perfect way for you to discover your style. Remember all that money you saved from shopping for cheaper clothing items? You can use that extra cash to get more items to play mix and match with.

And if the pieces at the thrift store don’t suit your taste, you can always grab your sewing machine and flip them into a completely different look. Not sure how to do that? Fret not, there are hundreds of YouTube thrift-flipping tutorials for you to refer to. Who knows, you might end up making one of them yourself!

Thrifting is eco-friendly.

If you guessed the largest number, well, congratulations, you’re right! But take a second to process and understand just how much water 10,000 litres is. That’s more than 10 years of drinking water for the average person! 

The fast fashion industry is the second-largest source of pollution in the world, producing over 92 million tonners of waste each year.

That’s the weight of 19 Eiffel Towers combined! This enormous amount of waste stems from the short lifespans of fast fashion products, which is what drives the buy-and-throw-away culture.

Buying pre-loved items is a great way to keep them from going to landfills. Resource consumption is also decreased all across the supply chain from production to transportation. Consider thrifting as a fashionable way of saving the planet.

Thrifting is ethical.

Hard as it may be to swallow, the beautiful, affordable pieces from world famous like H&M, Forever 21, and Zara are often produced through worker exploitation. The wages for making a piece of clothing can be as low as 0.1% of its price, and as of today, no multinational retailer can claim to pay their workers a living wage.

Countries like Bangladesh and India are full of sweatshop horror stories, with women and children living in quarters that are barely fit for animals.

Hence, thrifting reduces the need for producing new items. It’s an important step towards breaking the cycle of worker rights violation. So, you can go ahead and post that picture of your thrifted #OOTD without the guilt of starving workers weighing on you.

Thrifting is charitable.

While not every thrift store donates their proceeds to charitable causes, certain shops do. As compared to fast fashion, which does people more harm than good, thrifting is a great way to help others. At the same time, you are also reaping benefits!

Wouldn’t it be great to know that the vintage jacket you thrifted has actually bought someone a meal, or some much-needed stationery? If your answer is yes, then head on over to the thrift stores in Santa Rosa Beach, FL to start shopping! (Don’t forget to wear a mask and maintain social distancing!)