A couple weeks ago, I was inside a Nordstrom Rack and saw a gorgeous oversized hot pink knit sweater. I didn’t even bother to pick it up because I’m on a no new clothes challenge for a year (you can read about my challenge in this post). But I did stand there for a full minute, just looking at it and all the ways I would style it. After a minute, I moved on but the sweater lingered in my mind for days. I only stopped thinking about it after finding this nearly identical gem at my local thrift store. After paying for my thrifted sweater, I decided to look up the price of the nearly identical piece I had seen inside Nordstrom Rack. The new version was $60. My thrifted sweater cost $3.50. I was blown away at the amount of savings. Not only that, but by purchasing a thrifted piece I wasn’t creating any demand on the fashion industry for more new items. If there’s one thing we have enough of as a nation is clothing, we don’t need to be creating any demand for more.
Save Money And Shop Thrifted People Can’t Tell The Difference Anyway
When I showed friends this picture, they couldn’t tell which items were thrifted. Even when I showed them my sweater in person they couldn’t tell it was thrifted. That’s always the goal. Not once during my 10+ years of wearing thrifted clothes has anyone been able to tell that anything I wore was purchased from a thrift store. In fact, some of the most complimented pieces from my wardrobe have come from thrift stores. I think too many people have the preconceived notion that thrifted items are old and not stylish. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Thrift stores cary a large quantity of newer items and even brand new items with tags still attached (though the number for the latter is smaller).
How This Thrifted Outfit Save Me $150 And Why It’s Sustainable
My book clutch was also a thrift store purchase. I paid $6 for it about 5 years back. This type of purse can range from $40 – $1,000+. For the sake of cost comparison, I priced the retail value of it modestly at $100. Choosing thrift store pieces in place of brand new pieces saved me $150 in just these two pieces alone. Thrift shopping is sustainable shopping. As previously mentioned, shopping from thrift stores does not place a demand on the fashion industry for more new clothing. By shopping gently used items, you’re recycling the existing selection of clothing instead of creating a demand for new piece that would require the industry to keep using precious resources to create new items while continuing to spill tons of toxic waste into our environment. I hope your takeaway from this post is that you can find fun and stylish pieces while simultaneously being sustainable.
If you don’t have any thrift stores in your area, consider thrifting shopping online. See this post for my 5 Favorite Places to Shop Online.