I recently decided to make an effort to buy my clothes used instead of new. While I’ve always been a big fan of consignment stores, I’d never made a huge effort to buy most of my clothes used. I probably won’t ever be able to get an entire wardrobe used, but I’m on my way to having about 75% of my closet full of previously worn clothes. Here are my favorite 5 reasons to buy used clothing.
1. It’s environmentally friendly. Did you know it takes 1,800 gallons of water to grow enough cotton to make one pair of jeans? Indigo dye for jeans is a pollutant that has ruined several water sources in Bangladesh. I’m not about to boycott jeans for these reasons. Instead, I can buy them used and feel a little less guilty about my environmental footprint. Used clothing also keeps perfectly good items from ending up in a landfill. I don’t know about you, but I’d like to keep our Earth from filling up with trash.
2. It’s (sometimes) cheaper. I say sometimes because high end consignment stores will run you a pretty penny if you have expensive taste like me. You’ll definitely spend less money at Old Navy than at a fancy resale boutique. However, I like buying Lululemon, Diane von Furstenburg, and Lilly Pulitzer at a fraction of the retail price.
3. Hunting for a unique find is fun. You never know what you are going to get when you go consignment shopping. That’s part of the fun!
4. You aren’t stuck with a certain size. Have you ever tried on clothes in your favorite store only to find that your tried and true size no longer fits? You don’t know if you’ve gained weight or if the stores changed their sizes. Either way, you feel bad for a few days because shopping isn’t fail proof anymore. With consignment stores you never know what size is going to work for you. This is fun for me because I end up trying on all the different sizes. I feel like it gives me way more options.
5. Speaking of options, that is exactly what you get when you shop at a consignment store. You aren’t stuck with a certain type of clothing. My favorite stores have beach cover ups, workout clothes, couture dresses, and plain old jeans and t-shirts. Instead of going to multiple stores, I only have to go to one in order to freshen up my wardrobe.
Here is a photo from my latest shopping trip. I was able to get everything pictured here for $124.75.
This Lululemon outfit brand new would have cost about the same amount as all of these clothes used.
One of my besties, Irene, helped me pick out all of these outfits. She put together a blog post about the shorts outfits. She is awesome at dressing people, so awesome that I wish she would quit her job as a public defender and become a personal shopper.
I hope to blog more about my adventures in consignment shopping. I also love to buy my kids’ clothing used. It’s sooooo much cheaper than buying new. My only issue is that toddler shoes are out as far as buying used. I’m still bummed about that! Turns out little kids really wear out their shoes.
What are your favorite tips for consignment shopping?