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Compassionate Fashion: Use Threadflip For Ethical Gifting This Season

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Am I the only person on the planet who wasn’t yet addicted to Threadflip? If so, why was I not enlightened sooner? The site is kind of like a much cozier, style-focused and user-friendly version of eBay, and it’s a perfect way to buy fashionable holiday gifts without contributing to a less-than-stellar, sweatshop-fueled clothing industry. These past few months, I’ve attempted to step back from the fast fashion cycle, and to be conscious about buying more ethically made clothing. I’ve caved a few times, but I’ve also slowly started to pare down my wardrobe and think about exactly what is missing from it before heading out shopping to avoid impulse buys. One of the easiest ways to break free of that vicious cycle — and in turn, to take a small step toward a world with fewer sweatshops and a less wasteful planet — is through buying clothes secondhand. To me, upping my thrifting game in the name of ethics sounds more like a treat than a sacrifice, because I’ve always enjoyed secondhand shopping more than scouring department stores in the first place. Keep reading »

My Salvation Army Haul — 9 Garments For $32!

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This year I’ve been exploring thrift shopping. Last January, I bought seven coats for only $70 during the Salvation Army coat sale. And in July, I increased my summer wardrobe during one of Housing Works’ Buy-the-Bag Sales. Most recently, I couldn’t pass up the chance to hit the Snellville, GA Salvation Army. There wasn’t a special event going on or anything, but if you’ve visited Snellville, then you know there isn’t much going on there. So I jumped when my cousin offered to drop me off at the Army. After three thrift excursions I’m convinced that I don’t need to spend major dollars on trendy and vintage items to add to my wardrobe.

The Army is one of the easiest places to go thrift shopping because all the clothing is sorted by garment type and color. Plus, they actually have sales! All the items marked with a blue tag were 50 percent off the day I shopped. So if you’re hitting up your local Army, check to see when/if there are sales too. I bought nine pieces for about $32!

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Go “Thrifting” In Your Mom’s Closet

I loooove getting a bargain! I also loooove to take myself on mini-shopping sprees. But this year has been a bit of a financial doozy, and I forced myself to examine my shopping practices. Gone are the days when I’d drop hundreds of dollars at Gilt Groupe a few times a week. Instead, my equally-shopping-addicted friend and I made a pact — we wouldn’t spend more than $20 on a single item. And that also meant we couldn’t go shopping and buy five items for $20 each — I wasn’t falling into that $100 loophole, either. Keep reading »

Donate To Goodwill And Save At The Gap

It’s spring cleaning time! And if de-cluttering isn’t enough of an incentive to go through your closet and dresser drawers, then how about an awesome shopping discount? Gap and Goodwill have partnered up in support of the Donate Movement, “an effort powered by Goodwill to educate the public on the positive impacts donations can have on both people and the planet.” From May 19 to 29, Gap stores in the U.S. and Canada will accept used clothing donations that will be given to Goodwill Industries. In exchange for their donations, Gap customers will receive 30 percent off regularly-priced and sale merchandise! As any bargain shopper knows, Goodwill sells its donations in stores, but what you might not know is that 84 percent of the revenue generated supports job training programs across the U.S. and Canada. Donating to Goodwill also helps the environment by keeping discarded clothing out of landfills. Don’t you just love being rewarded for things you should do anyway, like helping your community? Keep reading »

I Went Crazy Thrifting And Bought 7 Coats!

On Saturday, I went to the Salvation Army coat sale for the first time. It would have been quite an overwhelming experience if my “thrifting coach,” Patrice J. Williams of Living Fly On A Dime, hadn’t given me some pointers before we began shopping. You see, Patrice has challenged herself to purchase only thrifted, second-hand, or vintage clothing and shoes for a year. She’s four months into her challenge and knows a lot about where and how to thrift. Under her tutelage, I found seven coats and jackets and I paid less than $70 total! Keep reading »

Alexa Chung Stars In “Thrift America”

American TV audiences tuned out when “It’s On with Alexa Chung” was airing on MTV a year ago. They didn’t get her sarcastic and quick wit. But the fashion world, especially style bloggers like us, took notice of her unusual-for-a-TV-personality mix of high and low fashions. And Alexa quickly became an It Girl in the States as a result of her effortlessly chic, quirky, and original style. Many of her fans have tried to replicate her look, and come summer, they’re going to get a helping hand from Alexa herself. Keep reading »

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