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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

I love to thrift.  Especially when traveling in cities.  It's kind of like a treasure hunt to find the best second-hand souvenir from a fun place. 

  I started thrifting as a sophomore in high school when my interest in fashion design was awakened.  I learned to sew and I love to thrift for old t-shirts to cut up and restyle.  Since I ended up in special education and not fashion design, I don't have a ton of time to deconstruct and reconstruct clothes, but I still love to thrift things that are ready for me to wear.  The tunic I have on in these snaps was a great find from my favourite thrift shop in Ventura.  I get a ton of compliments on it every time I wear it and I love the look on people's faces when they ask where I got and I tell them that it came from a thrift shop.  They are truly amazed.  

I'm truly amazed that more people don't go thrifting! 

When you sit down and actually try to wrap your head around the quantity of re-usable goods that go to landfills in the US every year (over 700,000,000 pounds... 10.5 million tons of that is just clothing that could be reused), your head just might want to explode.  If you want some more stats, check out this video

My message here is that there seems to be a stigma surrounding wearing second-hand clothing and shopping in thrift stores, but really, I don't think there should be.  I got this World Market tunic for $3.  It is clean.  It is in great shape.  I love to wear it.  It is one less thing that is sitting in a landfill!  Thrifting can be great fun and can actually help you expand your wardrobe in a way that won't break the bank or tax the environment the way buying something new would.  Remember... it takes over 700 gallons of water to grow the cotton to make one (!!!) new cotton t-shirt! 

The next time you're considering going shopping or want to try something new, head to a thrift shop! Just once.  Just to see if you like it!  Just to take a small step towards sustainability! If you don't believe me... ask Macklemore what he thinks... 

What's sustainable about this outfit? 
: the tunic was thrifted
: the earrings are handmade and fair trade
: the necklace is handmade and fair trade
: the bracelets are handmade and/or fair trade

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