Here is my annual reminder that you CAN shop differently this season! You can buy your kids thrifted back-to-school clothes which is good for the environment and your budget!
Why buy thrifted back-to-school clothes?
Fall (or “Fall” in Houston) feels like a time for new beginnings, doesn’t it? It’s the perfect opportunity to make the switch to slow fashion and instead of buying new fast fashion clothing for your kids, get them thrifted back-to-school clothes. This is NOT about money and getting the lowest price. Fast fashion clothes for kids can be very cheap and tempting, but when we see clothing in regular retail stores that is so inexpensive, we must ask ourselves: who is paying the cost that I’m not? Unless I am 100% sure of the ethics and sustainability of a brand, I’d rather pay more than the back-to-school sale price and get my kids slow fashion clothing. Imagine your kids making those clothes… That should help you to make the switch to thrifted.
Thrifted Clothes for Back-to-School
Just like with any second hand item, only thrift clothes that are in excellent condition. You do not have to settle for drab, worn out, out-of-style clothing for you or for your kids! You might have to make more than one stop to find what you need, but is that inconvenience worth it to ensure you are not adding to the global devastation of the fast fashion industry? I think so.
Here’s what I did this year, just like in years past:
- went through my kids’ clothing, coats, and shoes with them to determine what they’ve outgrown and what they need
- donated or passed on anything in good condition that the kids have outgrown
- made a list of what they need
- went thrift shopping
I ended up having to make two stops at Goodwill in order to find enough sport shorts for my boys. I chose Goodwill because it was closest to me and I knew it would have a decent selection for kids. You could also look at Poshmark, Swap.com and Thred Up for kids’ second hand clothing. In Houston (all of Texas??), this weekend is the Tax Free Weekend and as far as I know, thrift stores are included, so if you haven’t shopped yet for back-to-school clothing, now is a good time to go. A word about thrifted shoes: you can thrift shoes but, in my experience, it’s hard to find running shoes in good condition for kids at the thrift store. My kids have not outgrown their latest runners so we just didn’t buy any for Fall. We will wait till they outgrow or wear out the ones they have, then replace them – and if we can’t find shoes second hand, I will make the best choice I can in terms of an ethical, sustainable shoe brand. It’s about progress, not perfection.
The Thrifted Back-to-School Clothes Slide Show
Okay, it’s not a slide show. But here are the clothes my kids picked out for school:
Like I mentioned above, I also got the boys some sport shorts and pajama pants. One advantage of living in Texas is that there’s basically one season so our clothes can be worn year-round with a few long-sleeve/pants days here and there. BUT before we moved, I thrifted their winter clothing too.
I hope this inspires you to look to second hand stores to get thrifted back-to-school clothes for your kids! And you *might* just find something for you too!
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