Why buy recycled clothes?
Why buy new when you can get a designer holding 50 pounds or even dollars? Karen Powell explains second hand should not be second best.
I meet friends for dinner wearing a classic linen shirt, pants Armani and a vintage suede jacket. At one point during the evening, the conversation turns to clothing. I reveal my outfit is second hand and the three pieces combined cost less than 50. Eyes widen and mouths agape. Dead silence. I take this opportunity to share more about my passion for fashion owned.
Charity shops, vintage stores and consignment shops are full of old clothes in fashion, clothing owned commonly called opportunity recycled, gently worn, used as new and vintage. These alternative shopping destinations offer the variety and value. Basic T-shirts to prosecution designer Most articles that I find hardly worn, stylish and inexpensive.
I'm going to brag about how every time I buy used instead of new, I help to reduce the flow of waste textiles to the landfill. In addition, buying second hand keeps natural resources used for the manufacture of new clothing.
Before I could finish, my friends bombard me with questions: Where is the best place to shop? Are there a lot of selection? Can I negotiate? What about stains and odors? Heres what I say:
Knowing where to shop
Success in finding used clothing that suits your personal style and budget depends largely on where you shop.
Basic mode: If you are looking for casual clothing every day, although classical or contemporary, check chains charity great. You will find a wide selection of women, men and children's clothing and accessories of different brands of fair to excellent. Prices are low to moderate. Basic mode can be easily found at garage sales, flea markets and small shops and second hand.
Paws: A consignment shop is the place to go if you prefer moderate to designer brands upmarket. Some sell only women? S or wear clothing s children?, for example. While others offer clothes for the whole family. You'll find a variety of high-end clothing in good to excellent condition. Although you'll pay more than the charity shop prices, the savings are large compared to buying new.
Vintage: For those of you who like the look of yesteryear, your best bet is to head straight to vintage shops, vintage Expos, the sale of goods and auction sites Online. Sometimes I luck and find vintage pieces in charity shops and jumble sales. Due to the popularity of retro fashion, selection and Prices vary depending on the style, age and where you shop.
Before buying check of second-hand clothing to wear and stains especially in areas that may not be visible immediately inside the collars and cuffs, crotch and armpits. Keep in mind: set-in food, ink and rust stains can be difficult or impossible to remove.
To check for stains or moth holes grated, open the garment and keep it light. If you do not have what it takes to repair, leaving objects behind well-worn.
Most odors such as should, perfume and smoke can be removed. Always wash purchases of second hand before adding them to your closet or a drawer.
Save time and money
Keep an eye on discounts and special sales. second hand stores often offer discounts daily, and that price reductions during the holidays and store events.
Time your purchases with warehouses attached. Some resale stores put new items on the floor every day, others might stock once a week at a given date.
resale shops have a yield no, no exchange policy. If you are looking to match a color or style especially anything in your closet, bring it with you when shopping. If youre shopping for someone other than yourself, write a few basic steps.
Be sure to bargain when shopping in flea markets, garage sales, vintage expos and antique shops. Always ask: Is this your best price? or will you take (name your price) for this??
Donate or give unwanted clothes and discharges of household fabric in a usable condition to charity shops and car. Your recycling efforts can you earn cash.
If you do not find what you're looking for, make yourself! Theres a lot of creative potential of second-hand clothing and other textiles discarded items such as bedding, linens, curtains, etc. Personalize with versions recycled used clothing, embroidery, dyeing or fabric paint. Combine from one garment to another to create an original design. Consider sheets, curtains or tablecloths parking for making clothing using a new business model or sew your own.
Katherine is a designer of sewn products and product-2ndHandMade, a collection of stitch guides for turning textile products used in new products. She shares her approach to resource lifestyle products to make yourself at Through a series of classes she teaches creative reuse in San Francisco.
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