One life change I’ve been working to make is to shop less for clothing. I know I have just about everything I could need to put together enough outfits on any given week, so I’m trying to spend less time and money shopping for new clothes. However, when I do choose to shop, I try to buy items that have been previously owned. There are several reasons I do this, and several reasons you should, too.
It’s better for the environment. Buying clothes second hand gives that discarded clothing a second chance. It makes room for more clothes to end up in the thrift store, which means less clothes will end up in a landfill or discarded in some other way. The fashion industry is very wasteful, and shopping secondhand is a great way to avoid contributing to that.
It’s all-around more ethical. Don’t get me wrong. There are a lot of ethical brands out there that do their best to ensure they’re doing the best they can for the environment and for the people who make their clothes. But even then, shopping secondhand is the most ethical way to go. It gives the clothes in thrift stores a second life, and it lowers the demand for new clothing.
It’s almost always a money-saver. Even if something looks brand-new, it costs a lot less in a thrift store. And a lot of times thrift stores have special sales where certain items are discounted even more. So if you’re trying to cut down on how much you’re spending, shopping secondhand is a great way to go.
It’s a great way to be exposed to a variety of types of clothing. Because thrift stores usually carry a little bit of everything, they’re less curated. They don’t have clothes aimed at one type of person, which means they have a wide range of pieces. This can give you the opportunity to find pieces and styles that you might never have noticed or thought about if you’d been shopping in a mall or a traditional clothing store.
Whatever reason you might have, shopping this way can be a great benefit to you, your wallet, and the environment.