Day 1 of Fashion Revolution is upon us which means day 1 of 7 days of Eco-Fab tips on dressing sustainably! (the intro is here if you missed it).
I love shopping at thrift stores, I would estimate approximately 50% of my closet are thrift store finds. When I tell people this, they are slightly shocked. It took me a long time to understand this confusion, but I believe it’s bred out of a large misconception. The false belief that thrift stores are for people of a lower socio-economic class, they’re dirty, or they don’t carry anything worth having. These are all bullshit.
Most Clothes Mentor stores I’ve been in are cleaner than most Forever 21’s in this world, I am a college educated woman with a full-time job, and I’ve walked out with brands such as Lily Pulitzer, Free People, and Ann Taylor Loft. So forget everything you’ve ever thought about thrift stores.
When living the Eco-Fab life, thrift stores are a must. When you select them carefully, they can be a wealth of hidden treasures. Here are 3 reasons you should start shopping at thrift stores TODAY!
You’ll save money
This was why I started shopping thrift stores in the first place, because I was a poor college student who had a sense of fashion. Not very often was I the type to show up to class in sweats with my hair up and no makeup on. I enjoy getting ready for my day and I throughly believe that feeling good about how you look equates to overall positivity and confidence.
I have come away with dresses for events that would have been hundreds of dollars on their own, for no more than $40. I would say 80% of the time, these clothes still have the original tags in them and have never ever been worn. I’ve been able to own brands and look like a million bucks for pennies in comparison.
Eco-Fab living is first and foremost about being eco-friendly. Thrift store shopping is all about that reduce, reuse, recycle mantra. When you choose, as a consumer, to continue to use clothing that’s already been made instead of participating in the fashion trend roller coaster, you’re being eco-friendly.
While having a few trendy pieces here and there is fun, for me it’s too much work. I aim for timeless pieces that I can always wear or once in a lifetime pieces. When you choose clothing that you can wear through all seasons and fashion trends, you’ll be able to keep them longer.
Retail therapy is a very real thing that will pull any fashionista out of a negative Nancy rut. Sifting through racks of clothes to find the precious gems that lay within is the almost as fun as telling people your kick-ass outfit is from a thrift store.
I also find it fun that I find A LOT of petite clothing at thrift stores which tend to fit me better because I’m 5’0.
Get out there to a good thrift store and get to shopping! Stay tuned this whole week on my Instagram for daily thrift store outfits to participate in Fashion Revolution Week!