On Day 33 I expounded on the benefits of a capsule wardrobe, and mentioned that after de-cluttering my closet and identifying a handful of gaps needing to be filled, I hit the thrift stores. I promised I’d expand on that in the future, so here I go:

I took months (yes, literally months) to comb through thrift stores searching for the items I really wanted to complete my capsule wardrobe. In fact, I’m not sure I’m done yet, and I may never be completely finished. But rather than fretting about how long this process takes, I have savored the journey. Lest you’re reading this and thinking “dear god, I do not have time for that,” know that hunting for used wardrobe items was just a casual, once-in-a-while activity on some Saturday afternoons – a great way to hang with friends and get out into neighborhood. From a waste perspective, there is simply no beating buying used.

The clothing industry has been under the spotlight recently for shady human rights violations and egregious environmental practices, but many global industries are the same. The fact is, to buy clothing second-hand is to dramatically reduce your consumer footprint. And, as with most waste-reduction strategies, you’ll be rewarded with savings, because the prices are so much lower when shopping second-hand!


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