How to Shop Secondhand
An Easy Way to Shop Ethically
Shopping secondhand can also help change the world. Buying used prevents more products from being mass-produced in sweatshops. Buying second hand also helps the environment. Since I cannot always find (or afford) ethically-made products, I frequently rely on secondhand purchases. Here are 8 tips for getting started shopping secondhand:
Do a Google search or ask for recommendations on the best local thrift stores. Thrift stores provide local jobs, low-cost goods for those in need, and also often support local charities or schools.
For higher-end used clothing, find a local clothing swap (or start one), try a consignment shop or check out The Bluebird Collective or Silkroll. (You can also join the Facebook group "Buy, Sell, Trade: All Things Ethically Made" to find lightly-used ethical & fair trade clothing.)
To keep your kids in clothes, reach out to families you know with kids to swap hand-me-downs. For babies and toddlers, check out Rent-a-Romper's amazing service which keeps your growing little one supplied with an affordable, gently used capsule wardrobe.
Try garage sales. If you have the time on a sunny weekend, you can find lots of great deals and meet people in your community. Plus often there are community, church, and organization rummage sales which raise money for worthy causes.
Go "dumpster diving." Use sites like Trash Nothing, Buy Nothing on Facebook or FreecycleTM. to find free stuff people in your neighborhood are getting rid of. Someone else's trash may well be your treasure.