Posts Tagged: thrift

The Dark Side of Thrifting

Pitfalls of secondhand shopping

I want you all to thrift shop. Do you hear me? I WANT THAT. Because thrift shopping teaches stylish people that value is relative, that clothing needn’t be expensive to be good, that trends can be procured for pennies, that style doesn’t have to come from a mall, that recycling doesn’t just mean putting your soda cans out for pickup every week, that the number on the size tag is totally arbitrary …

Thrifting is good. And I love it. READ MORE

Originally posted 2011-08-16 06:02:36.

Doing Better Moving Forward: Thoughts on Sustainable Style One Year Later

A style blogger recaps shopping and dressing sustainably for a year.

In September of 2015, I watched “The True Cost” and it changed my life. I decided that I would never again purchase any fashion item that was not either:

  • Made in the U.S.A.
  • Secondhand/used
  • Handmade
  • Created using sustainable materials
  • Created using fair trade/transparent labor practices

I wrote about my reasoning and thought process – including how I would handle the items in my existing wardrobe that didn’t fit these criteria – in this post, so if you’re curious about the backstory, I highly recommend taking a peek at that first! But if you’re up to speed on all that, I’ll dig right into how I’m feeling after a year (and a few months) of living with these restrictions. READ MORE

Reader Request: Researching Thrifted Items

researching thrift store brands

Reader Susan had this fantastic question:

How do you go about finding information on thrifted items that seem to have come from nowhere? About a month ago, I thrifted the most wonderful pair of black leggings/slim pants, and I would love to get another pair … but Google as I may, I can’t track down any information about the brand or where it might be sold. The label inside the pants reads “Schmattas 18+”, and that brings up exactly nothing useful in an online search. (At least, I think that’s what it says. What I read as “schmattas” is in some kind of less-than-totally clear font.) The size and care tags are still there, but don’t have any information other than what you’d expect. READ MORE