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Benefits of Shopping Secondhand

Secondhand Wardrobe Day is observed every August 25th. In addition to saving money, buying secondhand clothing saves the Earth’s resources. Rather than filling up landfills, secondhand clothing is cheaper, lasts longer, and is already “preshrunk to fit,” so you know exactly what you’re getting. 

Another day to observe is April 24th, Fashion Revolution Day, and Fashion Revolution Week, which occurs annually during the week of April 24th, the anniversary of the Bangladesh Rana Plaza disaster.

The Rana Plaza complex was home to several garment factories, which employed approximately 5,000 people. The people who worked in this building manufactured clothing for a number of the world’s largest fashion brands. The building collapsed, killing over 1,100 people and injuring over 2,500 more, making it the world’s fourth-largest industrial disaster. The majority of the victims were young women.

Learn more about the true cost of fashion in this documentary.

Close-Up Photo of Denim Jeans on a Clothing Rack

Clean Out Your Closet

If you’re not in the market for clothes right now, you can still participate – today or any time you’re ready to clean your closet! Here’s how:

  • Gather supplies:
    • Bags, boxes, laundry baskets, etc.
  • Empty your entire closet
    • Wipe down the shelves, fix anything that needs attention, and vacuum thoroughly 
  • Separate into categories
    • Shirts, pants, dresses, etc.
  • Sort into piles
    • Keep
    • Give away
    • Launder/fix
    • Toss/Recycle
  • Follow-through 
    • Organize your keep pile
    • Put give away bags directly in your car for drop off
    • Wash & alter items or have them fixed by a professional
    • Toss or recycle 

White Organized Closet Neutral Clothes on Hangers

For more on this, see our blog on closet organization.

Items in your giveaway pile can be donated to a local thrift shop. Find one near you! Or, if you need a little extra cash, try a consignment shop, either local or online.

A few online consignment shops

ThredUp

Swap

Vestiaire Collective – for high-end luxury items

Vinted

 

Have you ever donated clothes or purchased secondhand items to wear? Let us know about your experience in the comments below!

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