Wardrobe thrifting may be the ultimate act of recycling!
Today I want to talk about what exactly wardrobe thrifting is and why we should seriously consider it. I’ve discovered there are way more advantages than disadvantages.
What exactly is Wardrobe Thrifting?
It’s basically the act of buying clothes that have been preowned. The clothes may have been worn previously, or, they could be brand new with the tags still on. In the olden days, there were only brick and mortar thrift stores. Now, in addition to your local stores, there are also online thrift stores to purchase from.
Have you ever considered wardrobe thrifting? Or, are you already an avid wardrobe thrifter?
To be quite honest, I have never been much of a wardrobe thrifter. I think because I wore so many hand-me-downs as a child I love the thought of new clothes. After researching thrifting a bit, I have decided to give it a try.
Let me give you a few reasons why.
The environmental impact caused by the manufacture of new clothes is unbelievable! Here are just a few things I must share.
- Did you know it takes approximately 1,800 gallons of water to make a pair of jeans? The production process of making one pair of jeans also generates greenhouse gases equivalent to driving over 80 miles. That is crazy!!
- Globally, each year, about 90 million items of clothing end up in landfills.
- Synthetic fibers, such as polyester, are plastic fibers, therefore non-biodegradable and can take up to 200 years to decompose. Synthetic fibers are used in 72% of our clothing. In addition to clothing, byproducts from the manufacturing process also end up in the landfill. Things like lint, fiber scraps, trimmings, and packaging waste produced in fiber preparation.
- Take a look here to discover some of the ethical and sustainable clothing manufacturers that don’t subscribe to fast fashion.
Rather than falling into the fast fashion trap, creating a wardrobe using the slow fashion model may save us money down the road. While fast fashion may seem to save us money, is it really?
- When you’re trying to save money on clothes, spending more may sound like quite a contradiction. However, when you pay a little more for a high-quality item, you’ll spend less on long-term replacements and repairs. Things like jeans, tees, and outerwear, are timeless basics that will always be a part of your wardrobe. That fast fashion price tag oftentimes makes garments tempting to purchase, but spending a little extra for a well-crafted item will truly pay off over time.
- Here’s the great thing. You don’t always have to buy well-crafted items at higher prices. This article shares a list of online sites where you might find just what you are looking for.
You will often be able to purchase some name brand, high-quality items at less than half the price you would have paid new. You may even luck out and find something brand new with the tags still attached!
- If you have the time, you can also offset the cost of purchasing clothes, by selling your used clothing and accessories online.
- You are paying the wages of “real people”, and not supporting sweatshops where companies exploit “real people” by paying them $2.00 a day and oftentimes, requiring them to work in inhumane conditions.
Drive down the need for sweatshop goods by buying second hand.
- One downfall of thrifting may be that you choose to buy more clothes than you need, as they are less expensive. May I suggest you put the brakes on and use that extra money to visit a place where you can wear your “new to you” outfits!
I am not a big proponent of owning a lot. I am a “right sizer” that believes we should only own what we use, love or need.
I have always been interested in the notion of a Capsule Wardrobe. The benefits I see of a capsule wardrobe are fewer decisions to be made, ease of choosing an outfit, and no overcrowding in the closet.
One of these days I am going to hire an expert and have them help me do this. I am not much of a fashion visionary, so I know I will need some help.
By creating a capsule wardrobe and/or subscribing to the notion of slow fashion, you will fill your closet with things you love and pass on those things that you don’t.
- Plan a capsule wardrobe or make a plan for what you want to own.
- Take the time to reduce what’s currently in your closet
- Check out online or local thrift stores that might be interested in your discards and/or take a look at what they may have to offer for this season’s wardrobe.
Helpful resources used in this post –
Inconvenient truth: fashion is one of the most polluting industries of the world. / Why Thrifting is Good for the Planet, Not Just Your Wallet / Clothing and Pollution
How about you?
Do you feel led to start wardrobe thrifting?
Maybe you are going to start making money from your cast-offs. Or, maybe you already do.
Let me know below in the comments any suggestions or tips you have to share about wardrobe thrifting. Or, if you have been inspired to become involved in slow fashion over fast fashion?