I haven’t told y’all about a challenge I gave myself at the beginning of the year, mostly because I wanted to roll it over in my mind for a bit before confessing it out loud on the interwebs. In January of this year, I challenged myself to not buy any new clothing for the whole year. Exceptions will certainly be made because I have been invited to be a part of a wedding party this year which will lead to a new bridesmaid dress, shoes are kind weird to thrift, etc. Another mental exception I made was to allow myself to buy fabric to sew new clothes for myself. Somehow that seems quite different that running over to my nearest big box and picking up some new digs. But aside from that, this idea leads me to one of the three ‘r’s, reuse or . . . thrifting.
I have tons of reasons floating around in my head as to why I want to challenge myself this way (you’ve read some my thoughts here before).
- The most obvious is that it’s much cheaper to thrift – saving money is always good.
- I have always struggled with clothing, knowing a good majority of it is made in some developing foreign country, likely at the hands of someone that is not being paid a fair wage, is underage or being subjected to unethical working conditions.
- Additionally, cotton is one of the highest pesticide use crops in the world – those workers are being exposed to high possibility of health complications from those chemicals.
- On top of that, when you spend your money at a big box, the money does not stay in the community, it goes back to the corporation. Thrift stores are typically local entities, which allows you to keep a higher percentage of money local. Keeping money local often keeps your neighbors and friends employed.
- Part of me does not like the idea of fashion – it’s so transient. To quote a popular TV show (one I particularly enjoy, actually), “One day you’re in, the next, you’re out.” It reinforces our disposable westernized lifestyles. But being your typical American and additionally, having a strong design background, I feel a strong pressure to look cute and define my own personal style (oh individualism has it’s claws deep in me).
- Sustainability is important to me.
While I feel like thrifting doesn’t completely set to rest my qualms with clothing/style, I feel like emphasizing reuse is a step in the right direction. One step at a time. . .
I purged quite a bit of clothing from my closet recently so I decided to take a bit of money and see what I could find in one our local thrift stores. Here is my most recent haul where I spend about $110 (it wouldn’t be me if there weren’t several striped items in there, huh?):
21 items total: 2 light jackets, 8 short sleeve tees, 7 shorts, 2 dresses, a skinny belt and a sun hat.
One pair of shorts still had their original tags on them! The brands are fairly good quality too – Banana Republic, Calvin Klein, Gap, Old Navy, Merona – places I would normally shop. With four pairs of the shorts, I will bring the length up a little bit. Shorts seem to be either butt cheek short or past your knees and I want something in the middle. The nice thing about thrifting is that I don’t feel bad cutting up these pieces to make them exactly what I want. There is also a bit of the thrill of the hunt – you don’t get to pick out what you like and just find it in your size, you never know what you are going to find when you thrift!
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