Top 5 Tips for Thrifting

Thrifting is really fun and is the ecological and modern way of shopping. Not only getting clothes at a more affordable price, but you are also saving our planet. This is a win-win situation if you ask us. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and learn some practical tips for thrifting

1. How to choose a thrift store?


There are several types of thrift stores, depending on the target clientele or the way they operate- deposit-sale, purchase, donation, etc. If you are looking for simple pieces or even fabrics to sew your clothes, the boutiques and haberdashers of non-profit organizations are ideal. These are already very low. To dress economically, you can also turn to thrift stores that buy back unsold items from large retailers by the ton. There are many choices, whether in the clothing, shoe, or accessory departments.

In addition, small independent thrift stores develop their range around a theme- vintage, chic, big brands- or a category of the population- baby, child, man, or woman. A little detour on the Internet allows you to form an opinion before visiting a new thrift store. Finally, there are now online thrift stores. You can even order, try, and return an item if it doesn’t suit you. And stay tuned: large shopping malls are starting to develop second-hand departments! Will there soon be a thrift store section in your supermarket?

2. Choice

The first step is obviously to step on your pride. The clothes have already been worn, and they are not washed before being put in the store. Yes, there are a lot of not always pleasant smells. I remember coming across a beautiful coat that smelled like rancid cigarettes. But I overcame my little passing disgust, bought the coat for $20, and it became my favorite fall coat after a trip to the cleaners.

On the other hand, there are vintage things you won’t find anywhere else, the prices are better than new and if you’re lucky you can even find designer clothes. When someone asks me where I got a piece of clothing, I usually find it in a thrift store. If I weigh the weight of other people’s judgment against the pleasure of finding a piece I like, I always come out on top. That’s why I go so often.

3. Find the right section for your search


Thrift shops and second-hand stores are often chaotic, jumbled, and unorganized. Know how to search well. How can you do this? First, if you’re a guy, avoid the girls’ sections to begin with. There are some nice pieces that could do you in, but it’s mostly crazy to store for women’s tops since they are so varied and colorful.

Plus, girls have a number system that is way too complex when it comes to pants. Forget about shoes; unless you find a real grail, it’s almost impossible to find something worthwhile. We’ll discover clearer sections on the men’s side: pants, sweaters, t-shirts, shirts, jackets, and coats.

4. Be open and search aimlessly

Normally, your store with a specific idea in mind and a need: a black sweater, a pair of jeans, a shirt, etc. In a thrift store, you have to be open and willing to look around. You must be open in a thrift store and regularly go with several targets. For me, I always go through the jacket and coat section first; the turnover is more significant there.

I look first if I like the cuts and fabrics, then I look at the price and the brand. For example, if you find a gorgeous Parasuco or Point Zero denim jacket for $45 but a regular Levis for $20, I’ll probably advise you to go with the Levis. Even if it’s second-hand, quality is still important- and price!

5. Take risks


You may not find anything for a few weeks, but once you do, buy it right away because it won’t be there the next time you visit. I dare to buy pieces or cuts that I wouldn’t dare to buy in a store, often because the price is much lower.

Finding the right piece to match the rest of your wardrobe can take weeks. Instead, go in with a few ideas in mind and let the feeling of the moment surprise you. Dare a piece that takes you out of your comfort zone or smaller or larger size. I sometimes keep pieces in my closet for a few months before I dare to pull off a sweater. For example, a shirt with a high school dragon or a Canadians jacket.

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Top 5 Best Tips For Living A More Sustainable Lifestyle

It’s 2022, and we need to start acting together. We have to do better because if we don’t start to get our act together, our planet is going straight to hell. We need to change the way we live and consume products. You can focus on the little things, and yes, even the little things can make a big difference.

Changing your lifestyle can sometimes be difficult, but according to some research, if you do something continuously for 21 days, you can adopt that lifestyle. Without further ado, let’s take a look at how you can adopt a greener lifestyle.

What is a sustainable lifestyle?

It is difficult to clearly define the concept of sustainability. The basic ideas behind it have been known for centuries. But for a long time, there was no word for it. Basically, people have always tried to live by this principle. Sustainable living means not consuming more than can be grown, regenerated, or made available in the future.

It is especially in the case of indigenous peoples that we can still see the corresponding action plans today. As a rule, they only produce or harvest what they need. Sustainability first appeared as a term in 18th-century forestry literature. However, the concept at that time was based more on economic interests than on environmental protection.

It was not until the United Nations conferences in the 1980s and 1990s that a somewhat clearer picture of sustainability developed. Since then, the main concern has been “to live in such a way that a life worth living is still possible on earth for future generations”.

1. Consume less fast fashion


The first way to adopt a sustainable lifestyle is to abandon fast fashion and buy from ethical companies instead. By consuming eco-friendly brands, you can minimize the damage to our society and environment. Reformation and Vetta are among the many fashionables and sustainable companies that practice ethical means of production in hopes of minimizing the fashion industry’s impact on the environment.

However, the best way to make a positive change when it comes to clothing consumption is to recycle your current wardrobe or donate or buy from thrift stores. And let’s face it, who doesn’t want to save the Earth in a pair of vintage Levis? These pieces are always chic and timeless and minimize the damage to our environment.

2. Promote reusables in the bathroom and kitchen

As our grandmothers and previous generations did, favoring reusable items in the home is an ecological gesture that avoids finding disposable products in the wild afterward. Especially since some products can take up to hundreds of years to degrade, for your hygiene, prefer, for example, washable discs and wipes to remove your make-up and to wash your baby, rather than the classic disposable cotton pads.

As for the traditional sanitary napkins, cotton swabs, paper towels, aluminum foil… ecological alternatives exist, such as menstrual cups and panties, oriculi, or even beeswax conservation paper: they are reusable and biodegradable! Use glass jars for your groceries to limit plastic packaging that pollutes the environment in the kitchen. The result is zero waste and great savings!

3. Avoid single-use plastic


Most plastics are not biodegradable and end up in landfills or the ocean, causing damage to wildlife and the environment. Often, plastics also contain chemicals that can make animals sick or injured. Single-use plastic can be easily replaced with reusable items such as straws, water bottles, etc. You can also use reusable containers instead of wrapping food in foil, plastic wrap and/or Ziploc bags. If you have no alternative to single-use plastic, recycle it like many of us on a college campus!

4. Limit your meat consumption

It’s not for everyone, but stopping or completely limiting your meat consumption has a huge impact on the well-being of our planet. Not only will it promote a healthier lifestyle, but it will also promote a healthier planet! The meat industry is a huge contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, so by supporting it, you are directly supporting its unethical and unsustainable practices. In terms of food production in general, anything produced organically has a more sustainable value than the alternative.

5. Reduce water waste


In my experience, limiting unnecessary water use is easier said than done. However, I have found that shortening my showers from 15 minutes to 5 minutes is a good place to start! Other ways to reduce water waste are: not leaving running water unattended or unused, doing laundry only when there is a full load, etc.

Many environmental and societal benefits can be reaped by reducing water consumption, including minimizing droughts, reducing carbon, and preventing pollution from infecting our global water supply.

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