Thrifting is a fun way to find cheap, quirky, vintage clothes from decades past. Thrift shopping has a lot of benefits; not only do you save money because thrifted clothes are generally cheaper, you also help raise money for charitable organizations. The most important benefit of thrift shopping is the positive impact it has on our planet. Clothing production is harmful to the environment.
Here are some of the negative environmental effects of clothing production.
- Most synthetic materials like are non bio-degradable
- The production of synthetic materials produces potent greenhouse gases and also requires a lot of water for the cooling process
- Cotton requires a lot of land the grow and is also a pesticide intensive crop. The pesticide leaches into the soil which can affect the usability of the land
- Dyeing fibers requires large amounts of water. The used water often contaminates bodies of water.
- Harmful solvents are used to make garments, crease-resistant, waterproof, and flameproof
Thrifting is very different from regular shopping. It can be overwhelming if you have never done it before. Billfold has a great post about the Golden Rules of Thrifting. You’re going to want to read it before you embark on your thrifting journey.
Christina Park of Tales from the Thrift
Christina is a New Yorker whose style can be described as simple but trendy. Christina knows the best second hand stores in New York and she is kind enough to share her wealth of information with her followers. Her style is a delightful combination of thrifted pieces and clearance items from affordable stores. Christina recently announced she is expecting a baby. We are excited to see her thrifty maternity style.
Ayana Patterson of Thrifting Diva
Ayana is not only a thrifting goddess, she is also a personal stylist. How amazing is that? A stylist who knows all the best thrift stores in New York. She could teach you how to look fly on a budget. With her blog Ayana hopes to not only teach her readers the fine art of thrifting but also inspire them to experiment with their personal style and be confident in who they are.
Dina of Dina’s Days
Dina describes herself as a color obsessed thrift enthusiasts. Her Instagram feed is bright and colorful and her thrift finds are absolutely amazing. Dina definitely has an eye for unique and interesting pieces. Her thrifting goes beyond clothes and enters into some decor and interior design. Dina’s blog features thrift shopping tips, DIY home decor, travel guides and meal planning ideas.
Poshmark has become really popular in recent years. It’s a great social marketplace and lot of Instagram influencers use it to sell their clothes. You can get high end or designers pieces for a great price. Poshmark also makes shipping easy. They provide pre-paid and pre-addressed labels once a sale has been made.
Asos Marketplace is a platform that allows boutiques to sell their own labels, this also includes vintage collections. You can find great vintage pieces for a steal. Asos marketplace is compromised of over 1000 boutiques, so you can be sure to find whatever it is you’re looking for.
ThredUp describes itself as the largest online consignment and thrift store. It always has amazing sales (90% off) and you can find clothing items from retailers like Zara, H&M and Mango for less than $10. The website is also easy to navigate and customers have a wide ranging selection of clothes to choose from.
Tip: Sometimes you might find the perfect outfit when thrifting only to realize it’s not quite the right fit. Simple alterations can change that. Our blog post on how to take body measurements will help you on your alteration journey.