Consignment, thrift, vintage, old, worn, used, hand-me-down. These words describe clothes or items that have been used before and are now for sale or have been given to someone else to use. They have been recycled and used again. There are many benefits of consignment clothes shopping that may entice you to purchase used goods the next time you’re ready to shop. Check out some of the benefits and don’t forget about the personal satisfaction you may get when you find that awesome shirt squeezed in the row of not so awesome shirts… shopping high, yes!
One of the best benefits of buying used goods is the price. A used t-shirt for $2.50 versus a brand new shirt for $25.50 says it all. Savings, yes!
2. Environmentally Friendly
Purchasing used clothes and goods helps give life to something old, making it new again. Rather than only buying brand new clothes, that old pair of jeans can be worn again and again rather than being thrown away as a perfectly good pair.
The amount of variety from style to brand and everything in between lends for every person to find their unique style and functional piece.
Higher quality clothes that are very expensive brand new can make their way to consignment shops for less than half the price.
5. Less Chemical Residue
This is something to keep in mind particularly when shopping for young children and infants whose skin may be more sensitive. A used piece of clothing may have been washed numerous times releasing any chemical residues from the fabrics, dyes and manufacturing process.
If you are like me and like the looks and style of newer fashions, you can look online or in magazines to see what the latest styles are and purchase items that have similar trends. Lastly, just because you are choosing to buy used clothes and goods does not mean you have to or should only buy used clothes and goods. My personal experience has been to buy new and used clothes and/or goods which can also be an interesting approach to fashion that may add depth and creativity to your style and wardrobe.
Photos by Kristy Severin
Kristy Severin is a mother of two, a certified art instructor, photographer, painter, writer and cook. She earned her BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uganda, East Africa. Inspired daily by her children and love of the earth, you can find her fine art and writings at The Art of Green Living.