0010. tps: thrift shop
CLOTHES. We all gotta wear them, but do you enjoy getting dressed every day?
I love clothes - patterns, fabrics, styling - it's a way to say something without even speaking.
Don't love - the fashion industry and its effect on our planet and its population.
Because wanting to protect the planet doesn't have to be limiting ... there are lots of brands out there doing good things: taking care of their employees + the planet and working hard to minimize their impact, all while making gorgeous, worthwhile investments that I would love to have in my closet.
I keep a "big purchases" fund in my bank account and was thinking of buying myself one of these pieces for my birthday. In the end, I decided against it. You see, I'm sure I would enjoy/wear those pants - oh, so much! And while it coincides with wanting to have less stuff that I truly love and of better quality, I have other priorities and the price point doesn't mesh with those, not now.
Trash panda solution: secondhand shopping.
I notice styles I like and look for them secondhand ... something similar or something that with some imagination, elbow grease and that soon to be real skill of sewing can be so much better than something new: an item that is unique and checks all the boxes. Does anyone else find the pockets on women's clothing frustrating? (Often too small or nonexistent.)
My favorite part? Secondhand is without a doubt the best option for our planet. No matter how much good companies are doing they are still using new resources.
The other best part - the prices. This dress was a $3 find at Ohio Thrift. It's the perfect midnight blue, has the prettiest pattern, and once chopped will have some just-right pockets and extra fabric to boot. But, first, sewing lessons with my madre.
What do you think - do you enjoy thrift shopping?