No, this is not an anti post. By all means, do what you do.
Hello, how are you today? This weekend I re-arranged my stuff and noticed that as of this moment that I’m writing this, I only have 3 pieces of jumpsuit, 6 dresses, 1 pair of pants, and 3 shirts. Also, I only have 1 pair of shoes, and as I went about my day I came to a realization. I only buy new stuff. Yes, only new clothes, and in this age of rising sustainable living transitions, something is not adding up.
Although, I have tried buying thrift clothes once I never did it again. I used the clothes a few times but I don’t know, they don’t feel like mine and I kept thinking about the past owner like, who is she, where does she live, is she even still alive? What the heck.
1. Previous Owner Problem
Am I a second-third or maybe fourth owner? Who owned the items before? What are they like? What is their personality? Are they hygienic? Are they wealthy people who got rid of unused pieces or are they just well, Marie-Kondo-ing their closet and de-cluttering? Where did they get those clothes that came into my possession in the first place anyway?
2. Current Clothing Condition Problem
Can I get a disease from this? What if I get NCovid?
3. Minimalist Mindset Shift
Now, this is confusing. “We thought you have impulsive spending issue?“, is what I expect you all to say about this. Yes, but get this. I went all out and bought some pieces online as the Enhanced Community Quarantine here in the Philippines kicked in but what I had in mind though was not to add items in my closet but a total transformation of my wardrobe. Before the quarantine happened, I had my items packed for donation and was left with almost nothing.
I bought pieces made of quality, and hopefully organic materials and removed my previous fast-fashion hauls in my closet. I want to slowly slide into a minimalist living but also, sustainable. Why slowly because my bank will not allow it in just a snap. We all know, sustainable pieces whether it be home decor or clothing are rather pricey especially brand new ones compared to their competitors in the market. But, what does this have to do with buying thrift clothes?
Yes, thrift clothes are sustainable and yes, this is one of those tiny solutions we can take part in to save the planet as it lessens our carbon footprint but get this, buying second-hand items with the mindset of a consumerist (more and more) is not helping.
Buying second-hand items with the mindset of a consumerist (more and more) is not helping.Tweet
How can we be a part of the solution if even though we are thrift shopping, we always end buying more than what we need?
Basically, Mental Issue
Tiny solutions are popping up in every part of the world, although small but will affect the overall situation of the planet if we all participate in it. Buying thrift clothes, for example, to get the full solving potential of this solution, we must also get our mindset right and check what type of consumers we are.
I’m not saying we all jump into minimalism but, mindfully, try to at least think about it whenever we click that Add To Cart button. Sleep on it before making the jump.
Mindfully, try to at least think about it whenever we click that Add To Cart button. Sleep on it before taking the jump.Tweet
By any means, I am not persuading anyone to stop thrift shopping if this is what you do. Please understand that this is coming from someone who is always anxious about everything. If you are in the same boat as I am then these 3 reasons why I stay away from thrift buying may apply to you too, I think.
Stay safe everyone. Lovelots.
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