I’ll let you in on a little secret, about half my wardrobe is second hand. Growing up my mom would take us garage saling and if we needed something new we would first check our local consignment shop. Now as a mom of two I love shopping second hand for myself and our girls. Here’s why:
To Save Money
It’s quite obvious that shopping second hand stretches your dollar more than spending an afternoon at the mall does. Used products tend to be more than 50% cheaper than buying them brand new. I love not having buyers remorse when I let someone else spend $200 at Nordstrom on Seven Jeans, while I pick them up for $30.
Like many women, I love fashion and wearing something new is fun and refreshing. That being said, I like good quality clothing, which usually means a designer label. By shopping consignment, I can buy a Free People dress for $25 (regularly $180), a Northface Jacket for $30 (regularly $120), Hunter Boots for $45 (regularly $200) and Lulu Lemon yoga pants for $20 (regularly $180). So instead of spending almost $700 full retail price, I’m walking away with four quality pieces for only $120. While you can often find clothing with the tags still attached, most of the time it has been gently used, meaning you can spot quality. If it’s still in great shape after being worn, clearly it’s a fabulous piece to have in your wardrobe.
Whats the difference between a consignment store and a thrift store? While you can usually find better deals at a thrift store, I find I don’t have time to dig through the giant mass of clothing racks to find the one perfect sweater. At a consignment store people bring their items to sell and make money, while they’re donated at a thrift store. Consignment stores have better quality items, since store owners are picky about what they accept.
Thrill of the Hunt
I don’t know about you, but I get this excitement when I’m flipping through the racks of a consignment store, rummaging through a garage sale or scouring something amazing at a Vintage Market. Finding those Louboutins for only $12.00 instead of $1,000.00… it doesn’t get any better. I always want to be the first one at a Vintage Market, because I don’t want to miss out on anything. It’s so exhilarating and fun, you never know what you’re going to find.
While you really have to dig through the racks at a consignment store, I love it because you can find unique items. I find myself being a little braver with fashion trends because I’ll see something I wouldn’t normally pick up. It’s also a lot cheaper so I tend to just go for it.
Buying used decreases the creation of new products. You’re putting items to use for a longer period of time, reducing your carbon foot print. By bringing your un-used clothing to a consignment store your recycling and making money at the same time… now who doesn’t like the sound of that?
So why not save the environment and save money at the same time? Plus I’m sure you’ll look great in your fabulous finds. Here are my all-time favorite places to shop:
Foxxy Browns Consignment ~ Best local consignment store, owned by a very dear friend of mine.
Crossroads Trading Co. ~ This is definitely my favorite store of all time. I’ve been to the ones in Seattle, California, Oregon and New York City. Don’t think I’ve ever walked out empty handed.
Treasures Under the Tent Vintage Market ~ Picked up some great furniture pieces last year, can hardly wait to go in a couple weeks.
Wee Ones Reruns ~ My favorite children’s consignment store.
Readers ~ Are there any places you think I’d love?