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  • Hridya Chaudhary

Abandon Fast Fashion, Jump to Thrifting

If I had it in me to give you a lecture about the minimalist culture, trust me, I would do it. I, like most people, LOVE consumerism. Excessive consumerism runs through my veins and there’s no way I can stop it. However, what I can do, is shop sustainably. Shop in a way that fuels my happiness but is also good for the environment and doesn’t contribute to capitalism; because if there’s one thing I hate more than I love consumerism, is, unethical capitalism.

Thrift’s motto is Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. It comprises of two components – to donate and to buy. Everything that you throw out inevitably ends up in the ever-growing landfills which pollute the Earth and the environment. Similarly, the resources and the labor used to produce fast fashion is never fair. The production and disposal of fast fashion have a huge impact on our environmental footprint.

I love thrifting and here are a few ways you can improve your thrifting experience –

1. Stop shopping at those “thrift curated” Instagram shops. If you’re looking for convivence, I’m no one to stop you. If someone is selling their wardrobe, that’s fine too; the same as if someone is donating all their profits. BUT if you’re shopping from someone’s Instagram who’s just re-selling stuff from Value Village, don’t do it. It’s never ethical, the prices are jacked up, it isn’t size-inclusive most of the time. Find some thrift stores in your area that are non-profit and go shop there. It’s a win-win, you can get your clothes, and worthy causes can get their donations.

2. If you’re a vintage fiend, you already know that thrift stores are the way to go. You can use various Label Resources online to know the authenticity of your vintage items. The Label Resource at the Vintage Fashion Guild is a good one -

3. Repurpose items yourself. Found a chair that you’re in looooove with but hate the color? Get painting supplies yourself and get to painting. Make a fun day out of it. Date night? Afternoon lunch by yourself? Give the DIY master in you the platform they deserve.

4. Sign up for additional communication from your desired thrift store. For example, Value Village has a Super Savers Club wherein you can get additional discounts if you check your emails every other day. This is a very good hack to get extra good deals.

5. The most important tip is to never be afraid of wearing second-hand. If you’re questioning the “cleanliness, just toss it a couple of times in the wash and you’ll be good to go. It’s worth it for the environment and saving some extra $$$$.

When’s the next time you’re going thrifting? Have fun.

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