People ask me all of the time about sustainable shopping options. After telling them to check their closets first, I always suggest secondhand shopping. With the exception of the few choice items that I have purchased at the fab sustainable and ethical D.C. showroom, Tribute, I only buy secondhand or vintage. To be honest, I really haven’t been shopping for anything other than my essentials (food, grooming, or household) in quite awhile. I have been trying to Marie Kondo my life by paring my wardrobe down to the items that truly spark some kind of joy. My biggest issue is my obsession with graphic tees. For that, I probably need a therapist.
When you mention to people that you can find great options at your local thrift stores, some people make that “are you kidding me” face. It’s unfortunate that thrift stores have this idiotic stigma that you are wearing someone else’s clothes and shoes. Do they even have any clue what’s really in thrift stores? It’s not what you think. Here’s the truth—most thrift stores have plenty of unworn clothing, most with tags. Even if it has been worn, it’s usually just slightly worn. Don’t be fooled. I’m here for secondhand today, secondhand tomorrow, and secondhand forever.
Dresses on Swap.com
If you’re still a little weary about walking into a thrift store, the online thrift store Swap.com has come to your rescue. You can shop for secondhand items while getting cozy on your comfy living room couch. They have a large selection of items for women, men, babies and kid, maternity, and other stuff you would find in a thrift store. Swap.com seeks to breathe new life into one-of-a-kind items because that’s the beauty of secondhand, most of it would be hard to find anywhere else. It’s particularly great because they have a large range of sizes available. I actually saw a size 5 shoe listed. Do you know how hard it is to buy the latest styles in a size 5 shoe?
While I would rather sift through racks and racks of clothing in person, Swap.com makes it easy for you to find what you’re looking for with their awesome filter. You can filter by type, size, brand, season, color, material, condition, accent, pattern, and of course, price. You definitely can’t do that when shopping in person. So if dropping into your local thrift store seems overwhelming, kick up your feet, grab your computer and see what floats your boat on Swap.com. All of these items need new homes. Keep it circular.