Each week this month we are sharing tips on how to transition your wardrobe to one that is ethically-sourced while staying on a budget. January can be a financially tight month for many people as we recover from holiday spending and end-of-year obligations. This doesn’t have to mean you neglect your intentions to be more purposeful about what you buy and where you buy in this new year!
Our second recommendation for a budget-friendly ethical wardrobe is to consign!
Consignment stores sell pre-used/pre-loved fashion items and typically specialize in a specific style or target market. Clothes sold at consignment stores always cost less than their original prices and shopping there is a great way to save money while contributing to sustainable purchasing. Buying used means diverting money away from certain brands’ pollution-creating production practices, therefore decreasing demand. It also helps to minimize emissions coming from clothes that are thrown away and sent to landfills.
This approach is also a practical option when you need to buy clothes for children. We get it is difficult to spend high-dollar for ethical brands when you know how quickly kids break in their new outfits after a few hours outside. Consigning is a great alternative.
Another benefit is that instead of tossing any of your own used clothing, you can bring it in for money back or discounts on purchasing in-store.
Two ways to consign:
- Brick and Mortar Stores: Most cities have consignment store chains like Plato’s Closet and Buffalo Exchange that offer a consistent and familiar selection of clothes and accessories. We love to support local too! A quick online search will reveal great local consignment shops in your area.
- Fashion “Recommerce”: Buying used clothing is easier than ever with online clothing exchange and resale companies like ThreadUp, PoshMark, and the RealReal. You can send your own clothes in and purchase rare used and vintage finds to be shipped straight to your door.