This wasn’t supposed to be a style post but the more I thought, the more I realized that sharing would maybe bring light to growing curiosity surrounding thrifting. Did you know that 13 million tons of clothes get trashed each year? 13 million. In an effort to shed light on the subject, retailers have been recycling clothes into new fashions. It’s all part of a growing awareness, and demand, for recycled clothing. As consumers, we think its fun to pick up a new tee shirt that was possibly recycled from old garments. But often times consumers won’t shop at second hand or thrift stores because of the negative misconceptions that are attached to it.
Here’s some common myths about Thrifting:
Thrift stores are dirty
Granted they don’t have state of the art display’s and shelving, that’s because they are typically run by donations and volunteers. So before you turn your nose up, remember you sleep in Hotel beds and wear robes that other people settled in not even 24 hours prior, and call that Luxury.
There’s no High-end section
There is! I spotted a Gucci bag (very well taken care of) for $36 at Goodwill in Santa Monica just last week! The first time I came across a Luis Vuitton in a thrift store changed my life forever. I felt like I had really scored (or stole.) I was so high off that purchase that I don’t even remember how I got home that day…
Thrift store clothes are ugly
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Meet my new favorite dress by Urban Outfitters. The crisp tag hanging from the collar reads $69 and the style reflects that of current fashion. The polka dots and frilly sleeves are so chic that this dress must have been a very recent donation. I got it for $14 you guys!! Yeah, you can pick your mouth up off the floor now. I also found a jumper that was a tad too small and a vintage scarf perfect for my hair. All together, the trip to my local Goodwill was an absolute success! Keep scrolling for more pics + my shoes are on sale RN for $9!! Click here.
Thrift store clothes are worn and faded
and new! The dress as I mentioned above, still had a very unworn tag attached to it and looked as if it just hung in a closet for a few weeks. There’s a number of reasons why a new dress might be at a thrift store. Some items are donated by smaller stores, some come from people who just don’t want to be seen in the same things twice. People gain weight, lose weight, feel burdened with too much stuff and just box it all up to donate. The un-sellable’s are shipped to other companies to be made in to paper products or industry rags because they simply cannot be sold.
Photos by Romeo Alexander
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Goodwill industries assists people of all backgrounds, to enhance their quality of life by providing skills, education and training so that they can be a part of the work force. This includes teaching English, providing transportation and supplying child care.
I’t seems like they work hard to accomplish this but you don’t have to. Our small donations are what keep Goodwill’s good wills going. I am always dropping off bags of clothes, toys and household items but I don’t stop there. I shop goodwill too, for myself and for my kids.
I challenge you to test out your thrifting skills and then let me know how it goes! I’d love to see what you found too! You can always share a comment or tag #motherhooddeservesatoast on Instagram!
Until next time!