For the year 2017, I pledged to myself that I wouldn’t buy any new clothes. Aside from maybe shoes, undergarments, and socks, I told myself that I would buy second-hand for all of the clothes that I needed. Here’s why.

I was inspired after having watched the documentary ‘The True Cost,’ by which I realized I didn’t like things that went into the “fast-fashion” industry.

I also didn’t like spending my money on new clothes. Call me cheap. This point wasn’t new– I’ve always been that way. I’ve always been drawn to the sale rack, and you’d almost never catch me buying the latest trend, like Hunter Boots…unless I found them used or for a really good sale price.But back to that documentary, there are a few points that stuck with me after having watched it:

  1. The world consumes eighty billion pieces of new clothing each year.
  2. Most clothing people donate to charity or thrift stores end up in landfills.
  3. The fashion industry is the world’s second largest polluter.
  4. Many of the workers in the industry earn less than $3/day, in unsafe working environments.

It actually often makes me feel guilty purchasing new clothing items, and bringing further waste and consumption into the world. Especially when there is already so many perfectly good used clothing items already out there.

I continued my year of banning new clothing purchases, and still adhere to it as much as possible to this day.

Most of the outfits I wear cost me around $10-$15 total- sometimes less.

Some of my favorite places to shop for treasures are:

  • Plato’s Closet
  • Unika (consignment items)
  • Value Village
  • Missions Thrift Store (Bibles for Missions)
  • Salvation Army
  • Facebook Marketplace- and sometimes the fb bidding groups, but I often don’t have the patience for the bidding aspect anymore.

Are you a thrifter? If so, what’s your favorite place to find second-hand treasures?

I’d love to hear all about it!

Thanks for reading guys,

-Jen

 

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