5 REASONS TO START CHARITY SHOPPING IN 2019
Hey hey hey! Happy New Year!
This year, I’ve decided to try and go a year without buying any fast fashion clothes. I am quite happy with my wardrobe and have found that charity shopping has been an easy and cheap way for me to experiment with my style. So, I thought it would be cool to try and convince some of you to include charity/thrift shopping into your shopping routine.
Here’s 5 reasons to start charity shopping in 2019.
1 - The Environment
If you’re unsure how fast fashion is horrific for the planet, watch clips from Stacey Dooley’s fast fashion documentary here and here. It has been claimed that fast fashion is the 2nd worst polluter on the planet. Fumes, chemicals and plastic from clothes are polluting our waterways at alarming rates. Making clothes constantly uses copious amounts of water and has resulted in some oceans and rivers completely drying out. Alongside this, the fast fashion industry has had a massively detrimental impact on factory workers and their wider communities. Not only are the workers over worked and underpaid, the pollution resulting from their constant production causes respiratory illnesses, chemical burns and higher rates of infant mortality. This particularly stuck with me, as fast fashion is primarily consumed by the ‘western’ world, but has a disproportionately negative effect on working class people of colour. It doesn’t sit right with me and, frankly, shouldn’t sit right with you either. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely adore clothes and fashion and view it, in a sense, as an art form. But trends are cyclical, and I can guarantee that you’ll find what you’re looking for in a charity shop if you make second hand shopping part of your clothes shopping routine.
2 - Originality
Let’s be real, everyone is wearing the same coat at the moment. You know the one: brown, long and fuzzy. Okay, it looks warm AF and cute as hell. But walk in to town and you’ll see it 50 times over. I’m not gonna start down an ‘I’m not like other girls’ road, because we all know that’s bull. BUT here’s how I see it. Charity shopping can help you have a cheaper and more original take on current trends. You’d be surprised how many beautiful brown, long and fuzzy coats are there waiting in charity shops for somebody fab to take them home. They’re going to be cheaper than an online shop and you’re guaranteed to look like a spice. PLUS, when the trend eventually dies, you can be happy knowing you didn’t drop £100 on it.
In a similar vein, charity shops can help you develop an entirely original sense of style. In essence, charity shopping is great for copying trends AND great for forming your own unique style. I mean, let’s leave the high street in 2018.
3. Cheap Self-Care
3- Cheap Self-Care
I’m trying to stop ‘self-caring’ through retail therapy and instead am gearing towards exercising when I feel crappy instead (yes, I’m insane). BUT I totally understand wanting to buy something cute when you’re feeling down. I’ve found so many cool clothes, homeware bits and quirky objects in charity shops for as little as 50p. That’s got to be better and more fun than sulking up and down the high street looking for your fix (and then feeling really guilty about the amount of money you spent later).
4- Books. Cheap books everywhere.
You’d be surprised at how many fantastic/award-winning books end up in charity shops. Also, there’s always gonna be a book from the Twilight Saga there (refer back to cheap self-care).
5 - It’s rewarding
It feels amazing to find a great coat, amazing shoes, a really good book, a rare record in charity shops. I find it way more fun and fulfilling than moping around the high street. It feels great when someone compliments your look and you can be like, “Yes I look fab and it’s all from a charity shop!” Not to state the obvious, but the money also goes to charity and it’s a great way of supporting causes you care about.
I hope this convinces you to start checking out charity shops!
Have a fab 2019!
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