Trends are ever-changing and clothes are changing alongside them. It can be hard to catch up with these trends without emptying your wallet. Of course, Macklemore’s song “Thrift Shop” has already capitalized on the ever-growing notion of buying many items second-hand. There’s something that’s special about buying your clothes second-hand: they went through experiences that someone else had and they come with a history. While that may be off-putting to some, others appreciate that. Still, if you’re not convinced, here are 10 more reasons to get away from the mall and start buying your clothing second-hand.
1. Buying second-hand is good for the environment
Think about it: with all of the manufacturing that goes into creating clothes, a lot of energy and resources are also used up in the process. This makes for a lot of clothes, but given that Americans buy five times as many clothes as they did 35 years ago, those clothes often end up being seldom-used and thrown out. If you sell your clothes or donate them, they have a higher chance of being recycled or re-used, which means that less resources will be used up.
2. It’s cheaper
Good news for your wallet, right? You’ll often find that any piece of second-hand clothing from H&M to Old Navy will be sold at a cheaper price. (We can’t guarantee the same for Prada or Gucci, though.) That way, you’re able to find some really good deals on clothes without breaking your bank account.
3. It inspires creativity
Sometimes you go to a thrift store and there aren’t really any options available. However, some people go to a thrift store, examine the clothes available, and figure out how to make it work. Some make it work through sewing, while others simply decide to combine an old sweater with some new leggings and call it good. Those clothes still have value.
4. You can make money off of it, too
If you have some clothes or used designer bags that you’re no longer interested in – and believe me, it happens to everyone – examine their quality. While you might not be able to do anything about the grass stains in your jeans or how torn-up your shoes have gotten, you can sell them online through Facebook, apps, or other online stores dedicated to helping you get rid of some of your old clothes.
5. You can make charitable donations as well
If you’re not confident in your selling ability, I don’t blame you. You can help out with a good cause – just make sure you understand enough about the donation you’re giving to.
6. You get the thrill of treasure hunting
Maybe it’s a stretch, but maybe it’s not. Sometimes shopping is a lot more fun because you don’t know what you’re going to find. Unlike most department stores where you know what trends are out and you can find everything online, thrift stores and consignment stores are full of hidden gems waiting to be discovered.
7. You can explore new styles
Have you ever admired someone wearing neon leggings but felt like you could never do that? Well, with thrifting your clothes you can do that – and if it doesn’t work out, you can donate or sell it and try new options. Again, you don’t have to empty your wallet to try out new styles.
8. There are multiple options available
From eBay to Plato’s Closet to Goodwill to any sort of thrift shop imaginable, you don’t have to settle on one store. You can enjoy yourself through your shopping.
9. You’ll be donating to charity as you do it
If you buy from certain thrift stores that have charities behind the name, you’ll be doing it for a good cause.
10. Clothing styles are constantly changing
You’ll never be too far behind. In fact, sometimes you might be ahead, because fashion so often repeats itself.
Overall, there are many great reasons to donate your clothing. You’ll help the environment, you’ll save money, and you’ll learn how to broaden your sense of style in the process.