Today I’m sharing the 5 best reasons you should start thrifting! Shout out to Goodwill Southern California for all of the amazing work they do (I’ll share more about this below) and for sponsoring this post!
Thrifting is becoming more popular by the day (thank you, internet!) but if you’re not sure why so many people are making the switch to secondhand style, hopefully this post will shed a little light on the topic and encourage you to make the switch!
(And just in case you were wondering, yes, I’m wearing a thrifted red dress later on in this post!)
1 – The Environment & Human Rights
If you haven’t had a chance to watch the documentary “The True Cost”, I highly recommend that you do! It focuses on the devastating impact the fast fashion industry has on people in developing countries and the damage it causes the environment.
Our fashion and shopping habits have consequences that many of us don’t get to see. From the dangerous working conditions that factory workers are subjected to each day, to the daily struggles impoverished communities face due to unfair wages and nasty chemicals that cause health issues.
Fast fashion has a cost that goes far beyond what you pay in store!
2 – Supporting Community Programs
When you start thrifting, you won’t only be making a difference in a thrid world country, you’ll also be a catalyst for change right here in your own neighborhood.
Goodwill Southern California has a big impact on the local community!
They provide education, training, work experience and employment placement services.
Donations help fund employment programs for people with disabilities and disadvantages, including: veterans, at-risk youth, individuals with disabilities, people formerly incarcerated and the homeless.
Stop by one of their 82 retail stores (more than 40 donation centers) to start giving back!
3 – Marie Kondo Jackpot
Marie Kondo’s Netflix series was a cultural phenomenon! She had all of us throwing our clothes into a pile and organizing our drawers.
She also gave us one more thing… mountains of donations! Goodwill Southern California is filled to the brim with new donations! Take a look at the image below to see what I’m talking about!
There are two reasons why this matters to you.
One, there is constantly new clothing being pushed out on the racks and your chances of discovering something amazing are higher than ever! You know what they say, one woman’s trash is another woman’s fashionable find!
And two, we need to give these items a new home so that incoming donations aren’t turned down. If people can’t take their extra clothing and home goods to a thrift store, they’re going to end up in a landfill!
4 – Your Budget
$8 for a Michael Kors skirt?! You better believe it!
I recently found a stunning new skirt (Goodwill lookbook coming soon!) and the price tag didn’t hurt my budget.
Thrifting allows you to get fast fashion prices without all of the negative consequences that go along with fast fashion.
So the next time you have a work event or party that you want to get a new outfit for, head to your local Goodwill!
You can put the money you save towards your bills, a vacation, or treat yourself to dinner! (Here are a few great spots to try: The 9 Best Restaurants in Los Angeles)
5 – The Shopping Experience
Are you still struggling with the idea of giving up your fun trips to the mall?
You don’t have to give up those fun shopping trips just because you’ve decided to make more sustainable fashion choices! Instead, embrace the fun of hunting through the thrift store racks for a cute outfit.
Also, Goodwill Southern California stores have fitting rooms (not all thrift stores do!) so you can try everything on to make sure it fits.
Did you find your reason to start thrifting?
It can be easy to take life as we know it for granted but all of our actions have a reaction. (We just lost our first glacier to climate change!)
I encourage you to check out the documentary I mentioned above (The True Cost) and explore new ways you can live a more sustainable life!
Thank you again, Goodwill Southern California, for having a positive impact on our community and the environment!
Are you interested in learning more about ethical & sustainable fashion? Let me know in the comments!
**This post is sponsored by Goodwill Southern California**