Guest Post: Mastering the Art of Secondhand Shopping

Eco-friendly guide to thrift store shopping

Today eco-friendly blogger, Hanna Baror-Padilla, behind Sotela is sharing her guide on secondhand shopping! I discovered Hanna’s blog through Instagram and loved her style! I always admire bloggers are determined to make an impact with their fashion choices. Hanna is a pro at finding chic secondhand items and styling them so I’ve asked her to share her tips with you all. Read on for Hanna’s tips and tricks!

Since pledging to only buy ethically made clothes last year, I’ve changed my shopping habits from going to the mall every week to only buying from independent designers or consignment stores every couple months. I choose to buy ethically made and secondhand clothing because of the effects the fashion industry has on people in developing countries and the environment.

Secondhand shopping is the most budget and environmentally friendly way of buying new-to-you items because you are saving those clothes from ending up in landfills. Americans throw away an average of 68 pounds of clothes per year that end up in landfills. Nylon, rayon, polyester and other synthetic materials are essentially plastic and take decades to decompose. Next time you are thinking about shopping, check out a secondhand store!

Secondhand shopping takes a bit of luck and persistence, but with these 5 tips, you can master the art of secondhand shopping.

Guide to shopping in thrift stores and buying secondhand

1. Know Which Store to Go To

There are various secondhand stores that have different styles of clothes and different ways of displaying clothes. If you are looking for an easier shopping experience with trendy in-season items, go to Crossroads Trading Co. and Brickyard Buffalo. I’ve had amazing luck with Crossroads Trading Co. and love every item I’ve bought there. Savers provides an easy shopping experience as well, but not every item is in-season. However, it is more affordable than Crossroads Trading Co. and Brickyard Buffalo. Shopping at Goodwill takes more time and patience because there are usually more clothes to search through that aren’t always organized in the most efficient ways. With that being said, I’ve bought Citizens of Humanity jeans at the Goodwill as well as a brand new ASOS dress.

2. Shop Online

Buying secondhand has gotten so much easier with online options such as Twice and Thred Up. These two consignment stores allow you to sell your clothes and buy brand name items that are gently worn. Ease your way into secondhand shopping by checking out these two websites.

3. Never Shop Without a Plan

Secondhand stores have an abundance of clothes, which can feel overwhelming. Always shop with a plan and an idea of what you would like to buy. My shopping plans are always based on any “holes” in my wardrobe. When you get ready, do you find yourself wishing you had something in particular to wear? Lately, I’ve been wishing I had an easy summer dress to wear for any occasion. Next time I go secondhand shopping, I’m going to look for a summer dress.

4. Make Sure You Love It

This tip doesn’t just go for secondhand items, but for shopping in general. Make sure you love what you are buying. If you are unsure, don’t buy it because you may be taking that item away from someone who would have loved it and worn it often. When I’m shopping, I always try to visualize three different ways or occasions of wearing that new item.

5. Don’t Disregard the Power of a Good Tailor

If you buy something you absolutely love, don’t disregard it if the fit isn’t perfect. I’ve tailored a couple of items I bought from secondhand stores because they were items I absolutely wanted. If you are unsure about buying something that needs alterations, you can take a picture of yourself wearing the item and take it to a tailor to ask their opinion.

Hanna Baror-Padilla, Sotela’s founder, is curating a line of sustainable clothes for the everyday woman who believes in quality over quantity. Sign up to get sneak peeks of the design process and to be the first to know when Sotela launches on Kickstarter!

2 Comments on Guest Post: Mastering the Art of Secondhand Shopping

  1. Hanna
    July 22, 2015 at 3:33 pm (3 years ago)

    Thanks so much for reaching out to do this collaboration!

    Hope these tips help some of your readers :)


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