I love second hand shopping. I'm completely hooked. Give me an opshop over a shopping mall any day.
I've never really given myself much of a budget for clothing. I love fashion and style, for sure, but buying clothes isn't a high priority for me. I'd much rather save my money!
In my final year at art school the majority of my research was about the fashion industry. I researched topics from sweatshops & labour laws, to designers & runway shows, and the one thing that really stuck with me was that so many of our clothes have very unethical backgrounds.
I couldn't get that out of my head. It makes me uneasy now when I see clothes on sale for a few dollars - those few dollars wouldn't even cover manufacturing costs, let alone all the other expenses involved!
It can be hard to find an alternative, though. It's hard to resist the pull of a nice top on sale for $20, and finding ethical clothing is tricky (and sometimes quite expensive).
So what to do?
Thrift shop, of course!
Personally, I find it to be a good alternative - I still like shopping but I don't have much of a clothing budget, and thrift shopping fills those needs nicely.
While it would be nice to buy all fairtrade and ethically made clothing (& support local designers), thrift shopping is a way to reuse all those clothes currently in circulation. Tonnes and tonnes of clothes get dumped every year, many of them still completely wearable, so thrift shopping is like recycling!
It's cheap, it's environmentally friendly, and it's like going on a treasure hunt - you're never sure what you're going to find!
Do you ever go thrift shopping? What's one of your favourite things that you've bought?
Here's some of my favourite thrift shopping tips: