While I would rather go shop at a local thrift store than the mall, I do understand that for many it is a no-no. But if you have been considering shopping second hand, here are a few reasons why I think you should give it a try:
SAVE MONEY + THE PLANET
- Due to the uprise of 'fast fashion,' the average American throws away approximately 65 pounds of clothing per year. With the addition of wasted textiles, like sheets and bedding, the U.S. creates 14.3 million tons of textile waste per year. Only 15% of this is reclaimed for recycling; the rest is dumped in landfills across the country.
- Going to the mall can be a costly trip.$25.00 at most thrift shops can buy an entire outfit, but not so much at the mall.
QUALITY + UNIQUENESS OF THE ITEMS
- While you might find some weird stains here and there and some weird items, we can all agree that secondhand shops are the best places to find the coolest threads in the world (yes, I went there). In addition, if you are building your wardrobe or looking for statement pieces, secondhand stores are always great places to start, because there you will find prints that are no longer available now.
- I have a always been a fan of quality when it comes to clothing, that is why I prefer shopping secondhand, and nothing screams quality more than secondhand clothing. The reason is quite simple: before clothes were mass produced at this level like they are today, most clothing were made using natural fibers, such as, cotton, wool, silk, linen etc.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
- Most second hand shops are either charity shops or are supporting a charitable cause. So when you shop with them, you are also making a difference in the life of someone who needs it the most.
So as you decide whether you should buy secondhand clothing remember that: Not only does buying vintage and pre-loved clothing save you some money, and the planet, in most instances you get make a difference in someone's life.