The Benefits of Buying Gently Used Clothes: How I Get a New Wardrobe Every Season by Terri Jones
I’ve always loved used stuff. I’ve lived in a string of old houses, always adopt rescue pups, have an estate sale engagement ring and married a divorced guy. But where this previously owned aesthetic plays a significant role in my life is in my wardrobe. It’s no understatement to say that 80 percent of my wardrobe (outerwear only, mind you!) was purchased thrift or consignment. While I can afford to buy new clothes (and do own random unused pieces), I prefer to buy used, and here’s why:
- The most obvious reason is the cost. A blouse that cost $30 to $40 in the store could run you as little as $4 at a thrift store. I’ve paid more to dry clean a piece than to buy it!
- The variety is also much greater. While every retailer is selling the latest trends, a good thrift or consignment store will feature a couple of years of styles, which gives you so much more choice.
- Because of the low cost, you can refresh your wardrobe frequently without the guilt. If I’m not loving a find after about a month, I put it in the “donate” bag and free up space for my next, more perfect score.
- The compliments I get on my $4.99 Lucky Brand jeans or $5 Softspots boots are just so much sweeter!
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