But when we’re talking “light”, we can’t get much lighter than reusing something that’s already made. Which is why thrift store shopping might be the ultimate green choice when it comes to buying clothes.
As a seasoned thrift store shopping myself, I can tell you that there are some downsides to this method of buying clothes.
First, it takes time. You have to dig through a lot of junk to find the treasures, and some people just don’t have time to do that.
Second, it’s dusty. Many people are allergic to dust (and other allergens that get trapped in old clothing). Digging through clothes that have been hung up for a while can cause allergy attacks.
So, how can we be savvy when it comes to thrift store shopping? Let the fun begin…
1. Know Before You Go
It can be hard to stay focused in a thrift store. So, cruise through some of your favorite eco fashion blogs. See what people are wearing, and get an idea of what styles or pieces you might like to find. This will help you keep from getting overwhelmed once you go in.
2. Dress to Eliminate Stress
Don’t go to the thrift store wearing super tight jeans and knee-high lace up boots. Think about how long it will take you to get undressed and redressed wearing something like that!
Yes, I’m speaking from personal experience here. Save yourself the stress, and wear slip on shoes, leggings, and a t-shirt. The faster you can whip clothes off and on, the happier you’re going to be.
3. Stay Hydrated
I can’t get in and out of my local Salvation Army in less than an hour. It defies the laws of the universe, so now I go in prepared. I take a water bottle and a snack so I don’t start to wilt half way through.
4. Get Into the Groove
I also take my iPod into the Salvation Army whenever I go. Grooving to my favorite tunes is relaxing, and makes digging through all those clothes less of a chore.
5. Choose Your Partner Carefully
The worst thing you can do is drag someone else thrift store shopping who only wants to do a quick “look through”. If you’re going to bring someone, make sure that person is ready to spend an hour or more in there. If not, you’re only setting yourself up for a frustrating shopping experience.
Me? I always go alone. It’s just easier.
6. Remember Your Reusable Bag
I’m a stickler for bringing my reusable shopping bags to the grocery store, but I’ve only just started remembering to take them with me thrift store shopping. Keep them in your car if you forget a lot!
Thrift store shopping is a wonderful way to be an eco fashion maven. If you go in prepared, the experience will be a lot more fun!
Filed under: Eco Fashion on June 18th, 2010