In today’s age of cheap clothes and fast fashion many people have developed a throwaway mentality, leaving your wallet empty and our landfills overflowing with stuff. Is there a solution to help reduce your negative global impact and save a few bucks? Well my friends, there definitely is! In a world where everything is moving faster than you can keep up with and playing our part to save the environment is crucial, secondhand shopping is a major power move.
PRE-LOVED: PREVIOUSLY OWNED; SECONDHAND
The thrifting phenomenon has taken the country by storm. Even though pawn shops and thrift stores have been around for over 60 years, secondhand shopping has exploded in popularity over the last decade. Wearing second hand items at one time was looked down upon, but today secondhand shopping is a major trend and you often find items you don’t see everyday in a major retailer, even items from tons of different decades. What I love about that is that it allows you to flare your own style in whatever way you see fit while playing your part in taking care of our environment.
It doesn’t stop with expressing your individual style though, there are some major benefits to buying secondhand.
HERE ARE 4 REASONS WHY BUYING PRELOVED ITEMS IS GREAT IDEA.
1. THRIFTING IS GOOD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT.
Thrifting is better for the environment by reducing pollution and waste. On average Americans throw away 81 pounds of clothing per year, that adds up to on average 26 billion pounds of clothing going into landfills. When you thrift you’re actually recycling and reducing your carbon footprint. Giving used items new life rescues it from those 26 billion pounds going to the landfill by keeping it in circulation. And if you think about it, it’s a gift that keeps on giving because when you’re done with it you can sell it or gift it to someone else.
2. THRIFTING KEEPS MONEY IN YOUR WALLET.
When shopping for preloved items at thrift stores or pawn shops you’re looking at getting an extreme discount in some cases when you compare buying the item at retail. That means you’re saving money! I don’t think anyone will argue that saving money is a good thing. Despite being less expensive, secondhand items are usually in just as great quality as the day they were sold at a retailer. It’s a good sign when something is so durable it lasts long enough to be donated and when it lasts that long it also means the longer it stays out of the landfills.
3. THRIFTING IS GOOD FOR YOUR COMMUNITY.
A lot of secondhand stores give generously to charitable causes and play a role in supporting communities. Not to mention when you give your money to local shops that’s putting it right back into your local community.
5. THRIFTING IS GOOD FOR YOUR WARDROBE.
We can’t deny that a lot of items found in retail stores follow a specific trend which can leave your wardrobe a little boring, lacking creativity. When you secondhand shop you get to create your own unique style. Play with color, patterns, and cuts. Think outside the box and stand out. There is no limit to what you can create when shopping preloved items. Vintage is always in and each piece tells a story and holds some history in it, which if you ask me is pretty freaking cool.