Yesterday, I shared 5 tips to master the art of secondhand shopping on Karissa’s blog. I thought I’d share these tips with you since they’ve helped me this past year.
Since pledging to only buy ethically made clothes last year, I’ve changed my shopping habits from going to the mall every week to only buying from independent designers or consignment stores every couple months. I choose to buy ethically made and secondhand clothing because of the effects the fashion industry has on people in developing countries and the environment.
Secondhand shopping is the most budget and environmentally friendly way of buying new-to-you items because you are saving those clothes from ending up in landfills. Americans throw away an average of 68 pounds of clothes per year that end up in landfills. Nylon, rayon, polyester and other synthetic materials are essentially plastic and take decades to decompose. Next time you are thinking about shopping, wear comfortable clothes, a crossbody purse and check out a secondhand store.
Secondhand shopping takes a bit of luck and persistence, but with these 5 tips, you can master the art of secondhand shopping.
1. Know Which Store to Go To
There are various secondhand stores that have different styles of clothes and different ways of displaying clothes. If you are looking for an easier shopping experience with trendy in-season items, go to Crossroads Trading Co. and Brickyard Buffalo. I’ve had amazing luck with Crossroads Trading Co. and love every item I’ve bought there like the blue shift dress in the image above. Savers provides an easy shopping experience as well, but not every item is in-season. However, it is more affordable than Crossroads Trading Co. and Brickyard Buffalo. Shopping at Goodwill takes more time and patience because there are usually more clothes to search through that aren’t always organized in the most efficient ways. With that being said, I’ve bought Citizens of Humanity jeans at the Goodwill as well as a brand new ASOS dress.
2. Shop Online
Buying secondhand has gotten so much easier with online options such as Twice and Thred Up. These two consignment stores allow you to sell your clothes and buy brand name items that are gently worn. Ease your way into secondhand shopping by checking out these two websites.
3. Never Shop Without a Plan
Secondhand stores have an abundance of clothes, which can feel overwhelming. Always shop with a plan and an idea of what you would like to buy. My shopping plans are always based on any “holes” in my wardrobe. When you get ready, do you find yourself wishing you had something in particular to wear? Lately, I’ve been wishing I had an easy summer dress to wear for any occasion. Next time I go secondhand shopping, I’m going to look for a summer dress.
4. Make Sure You Love It
This tip doesn’t just go for secondhand items, but for shopping in general. Make sure you love what you are buying. If you are unsure, don’t buy it because you may be taking that item away from someone who would have loved it and worn it often. When I’m shopping, I always try to visualize three different ways or occasions of wearing that new item.
5. Don’t Disregard the Power of a Good Tailor
If you buy something you absolutely love, don’t disregard it if the fit isn’t perfect. I’ve tailored a couple of items I bought from secondhand stores because they were items I absolutely wanted. If you are unsure about buying something that needs alterations, you can take a picture of yourself wearing the item and take it to a tailor to ask their opinion.
If you missed it, I made a big announcement last week that I’m starting my own ethical clothing company. You can read more about it here.