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Thrifting is awesome...

Monday, June 25, 2018

It's been a hot minute since I last wrote about how awesome thrifting is, so guess what?  Today is the day.  


While yes, I will concede that it can be scary because you may encounter some questionable stains and sometimes thrift stores may not smell the greatest, but once you get past those minor details, thrifting is kind of like an epic treasure hunt.  Just think about it: you don't have a map, but you'll know exactly what you were looking for once you find it.  Seriously, some of my favourite and most-worn items are things that I snagged for $1 and had to dig out from the back of a clothing rack.  

If the treasure hunt analogy doesn't work for you, let me give you some facts.  

According to the Council for Textile Recycling, the average US citizen tosses out about 70 pounds of clothing and/or textiles every year.  Holy fast fashion, that's insane.  Now, with that statistic in mind, let's examine TreeHugger's findings that it takes about 400 gallons of water to grow the cotton to make one cotton t-shirt (and around 1,800 gallons of water to produce just one pair of jeans).  These statistics only cover the quantity of water needed to grow the cotton and don't take into account the water required for washing or dying said garments.  

If you were thinking that this was about the time that I was going to reiterate that thrifting is awesome, you're right! 


Consignment stores can help put cash back into your pocket while keeping things out of the landfill, select thrift stores (i.e. not Goodwill, but Salvation Army and generally locally-owned places are ok) provide jobs for people who truly need them and help keep textiles out of landfills.  While it may be a bit daunting, I'm more than happy to chat with y'all about how to have an enjoyable thrifting experience!  Drop me a line!  

What's sustainable about this outfit? 

: the top was thrifted
: the trousers were thrifted
: the earrings are fair trade and handmade using sustainable and recycled materials
: the bracelet is handmade in the US from natural materials and generates charitable environmental donations

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