Wary of Thrift Shopping? Every suspicion you have about thrifting Resolved!
When more people shop, more supply is created to meet the demands, which in turn leads to the mass production of waste. In today’s age, everyone tries to keep up with the latest fashion trends and this has led to the fashion industry becoming one of the most wasteful ones around the globe.
Thrifting is one way to counter this issue, by reducing waste production as clothes are reused by second-hand buyers. This also makes expensive brands affordable for people.
Being environmentally sound and super affordable are just the basic benefits of thrifting. Let’s resolve some of the most common issues people face while thrifting and tell you about more and more beacons of thrift shops.
The myths that may plague your judgment about thrifting:
“Bad Quality and Hygiene.”
Are you wary that since thrifted clothes are so cheap, they’re poor quality and not long-lasting? Do you worry about wasting money on damaged goods? COVID being the bane of our existence, the hygiene issue must be addressed as well.
Most thrift stores worth their salt would perform quality and hygiene checks before selling. However, precautions never hurt us. Sun-drying and laundering with antiseptic liquids do the job pretty well, as long as you’re not thrifting underwear or socks. Those things are best bought first hand.
Coming to the quality, if a top worth a hundred is worn even six times, that’s money well spent. Besides, the quality can be ensured by thrifting branded clothes.
Thrifting is certainly more fashionable and unique than contemporary fast fashion. Think about it! You absolutely have more chances of finding rarer outfits through thrifting than at stores that produce thousands of pieces of the same thing.
If you’re scared of thrift clothes not fitting your aesthetic, we’re here to get rid of those misconceptions! What’s your style?
Glam? You can thrift brands and be fashionable without making your pockets hurt. Make Versace and Levi’s pocket-friendly and buy more for less.
Vintage? Thrift shopping was made for you! Grab those rustic and elegant pieces and float around in fashionable grace.
Gothic? Well, excuse my dark humor but, dead people’s clothes must be right up your alley then. Jokes aside, thrift stores are a goldmine for corsets and are especially famous for quality and affordable leather. What else could my Goth friends ask for?
“Thrifting doesn’t support workers.”
Is your worry related to the idea that thrifting doesn’t support the economy? Well, let us clarify how thrifting does, in fact, support local businesses. It is with confidence that we try to change your mind and reveal a deeper aspect to appease this philanthropic side of yours.
But that is certainly not the case, especially in India, where thrift stores are mostly locally owned. So thrifting is honestly supporting local hustles instead of the fast fashion stores owned by the rich. Did you know that thrifting is even a threat to the fast fashion we have consumed for years?
” It takes away from the needy.”
For ages, thrifting as a way of styling has been associated with the poorer folk. It has been their means of apparel sustenance. That being the case, it is no surprise that many people are wary of thrifting being a means to take away from the poor.
But that is certainly not the case, given the amount of production by the fashion industry on the regular, it is practically impossible for thrift shoppers to exhaust all the second-hand clothing available and take it away from those who need it.
Thrifting also helps make the difference between classes less obvious. The shame associated with wearing a second-hand wardrobe survives because the middle class and rich believe in buying shiny new pieces. As more and more people thrift, the culture around fashion has begun to diversify.
Another way that thrifting supports the underprivileged is by rejecting clothing produced in sweatshops. Sweatshops are infamous for their underpaid and dire conditions. Buying from such brands, especially fast fashion ones, supports these exploitative ventures. It is honestly better to buy second-hand than buying cheap clothes produced on the back of the modern-era slaves who work in sweatshops.
“Not easily accessible in India.”
The misconception that thrifting is new and rare in India has turned many people off from making the change. Let us clear up this misunderstanding of the Indian fashion scene.
Ever heard of Delhi’s Sarojini Nagar market or the Liberty Village in Saket guys? The celebrated Chor Bazaar of Mumbai? Delhiites and Mumbaikars just cannot complain about accessibility! ‘Tis just not done.
And hey! If you’re not a metropolitan (lucky you by the way), it’s not like the internet isn’t a thing! I mean you are reading this article duh. Lookup local online thrift stores, I’m sure you’ll be surprised by how many pop up. There are hundreds of websites where you can see ads for individually owned stores as well, such as Etsy businesses.
“Incompatible with traditional wear.”
If your skepticism is related to traditional Indian clothing specifically, we’ve got a solution to your doubts as well! I mean, recycling sarees is the new look, isn’t it?
What’s holding you back then? Match a blouse, style it in your unique way, and get dolled up in a pretty thrifted saree! You can even recycle the saree and get it tailored to your vision. A gown with heavy Banarasi style work? Count me right in!
Not into sarees or custom tailoring? How about a splendid dupatta, whether it be a Banarasi one or a Punjabi Fulkaari? Pair it with a plain salwar kameez for a statement look.
And that surmises the most common myths about thrift shopping. Still got concerns? Comment and let us know about them!