At my recent clothing swap party – which I blogged about over on Houston Moms Blog (but which is applicable no matter where you live!) – I shared a little with my guests about why clothing swaps are a good idea – namely as a step away from fast fashion and towards a more sustainable garment industry. I must have done a good job telling people YOU HAVE THE POWER TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND CHANGE THE WOOOORRRLLLLDDDDD because my friend Marsha asked me to take her thrifting instead of heading to the mall to buy a few basics. Naturally, I was happy to oblige!
Marsha was mainly looking for some “new” jeans and sandals. I tried to impart some thrifting words of wisdom along the way without dumping everything I’ve learned on her all at once! And so, we started by browsing the shoes – my standard recommendation – so that you can wear your selections around while you shop to get a gauge on comfort.
After the shoes, we browsed the jeans and other pants, shorts and top sections. We concurred that crotch ripples (you know, that wavy things pants do in the crotchular area when they’ve fought the good fight and are ready to be retired) are an automatic no for any kind of bottom! I encouraged Marsha to look at the garment rather than the tag. Often an irregular fit is what leads an item to be donated. I also quickly scanned the size above and below her usual and we found several pieces that were in the wrong place! We did not thoroughly comb through all the sections and sizes – I did not want to scare off my new friend! I want a thrift gang here!
Sure, there were plenty of no’s but Marsha was willing to try everything I suggested and she found some keepers!
Since I was shopping with a friend and not trying to be all professional, I tried on Marsha’s rejects!
All in all, Marsha scored 8 pieces for $34.59 which is an average of $4.32 per piece!!!! Marsha experienced so many great benefits of slow fashion including a bottom line that is virtually unheard of in regular retail!! And so, may I present my very first Houston Slow Fashion Convert!!