I am constantly shocked at how many people still have such an incomprehensible aversion to using preloved items. Their reasons range from silly and illogical to just plain bizarre and it’s incredibly disheartening that so many consumers still choose to support unethical fast fashion and unsustainable products.
Thankfully there are also those who choose to shop secondhand, thrift, swap, upcycle, reuse as well as mend and make do and share their stories with me which helps boost my ambition to continue sharing my sustainable, ethical style message.
Here are a few of the awesome Thoughts on Thrifting (+ my responses) that have been shared on CoaR’s FB page :
Karen: I thrift nearly everything I wear…I find very well made clothing at a fraction of its new selling price and as I adore vintage, it is the only way, other than actual Vintage shops (where you pay a premium) to find unique well made clothes. Also, my latest obsession is pure linen tea towels and Irish linen table linens…so inexpensive at the thrifts and so very expensive new!
CoaR: So, so, so true! ALL of my amazing vintage scores have been discovered in thrift & charity shops (if not inherited)
Patricia: I make a point of telling my colleagues and students that I shop at Salvation Army whenever I get a compliment on something I’ve bought there or even if I can just work it into the conversation. Gotta work on those mindsets!
CoaR: Fantastic! I’m continually shocked by how many people still think that secondhand is somehow “gross, unhygienic or only for poor people” – it’s maddening!
Megan: My life, closet and home have been immeasurably improved by my thrifted finds.
CoaR: Brilliant, and I’m positive that your wardrobe and home are chock full of unique items that no one else has!
Faye: I love secondhand goods, and apart from underwear and socks, I have no problem with not buying new. Some of my favourite clothing has come from charity and recycled stores. I wonder if these people ever stay in hotels – after all, they don’t put new sheets and towels out for every guest!
CoaR: absolutely true! That is one of my fave arguments to present when discussing shopping/using preloved with those who don’t agree. I even included it in my Why Not Thrift video:
Corky: I buy most of my clothing (except underwear, socks and jewelry) secondhand and enjoy the thrill of finding a great piece at a deep discount. I am dissatisfied with the quality and sizing offered by fast fashion.
CoaR: Supporting unethical fast fashion is total no go and shopping secondhand is truly the only sustainable option for acquiring new-to-you gear.
My ambition to inform & influence others to step away from unethically (& immorally) produced products is the driving force that motivates me to continue providing fabulous free eco-fashion/accessory/decor tutorials, ethical outfit inspiration and helpful thrifting tips on my Confessions of a Refashionista & Refashion Nation blogs as well as contributing & sharing my creative skills throughout the online maker world.
Why do YOU shop preloved?