Restoration Thrift: The Social and Environmental Benefits of Secondhand Clothing.
10,500,000 tons! That is the amount of clothing Americans send to landfills each year. This is due, in part, to the fact that we buy five times as much clothing as we did in 1980. On top of this, our old clothing is filling up landfills since we only recycle or donate 15% of it.
Clothing is cheap and trends change with each season. Both of these factors fuel our consumeristic lifestyles. The pressures to look a certain way are intense. You want to feel confident about your wardrobe, but because you are socially conscience, you are concerned about the environmental impact your purchases make. This is why thrift stores are a great way to ensure that last year’s wardrobe gets a new life and does not contribute to amassing landfills. Not only can you donate your clothes, furniture, household items, and more (and get a tax write-off) but you also can buy name brand items at prices even stores like Marshall's or TJ Maxx cannot beat.
Think about all of those Pinterest projects you have been saying you want to try. Head to the thrift store first to explore all of the options for repurposing something into a show piece. There are huge deals to be had at thrift stores. Earlier this year, Restoration Thrift (2025 St. Claude Ave.) sold a “like new” Polo leather jacket that retails for $1,000 to a member of our Treasure Hunter’s Club for just $100! This is a huge deal on an item that will last a lifetime. You can join the club yourself at www.RestorationThrift.org so you can have access to these exclusive deals.
The other great benefit of shopping at a non-profit thrift store (yes there are for-profit ones) is that they generally have a mission that involves giving back to the community. This means you can look good, feel good, and do good when shopping and stick to that budget you resolved to keep this year. Restoration Thrift supports the work of the St. Roch Community Development Corporation, a 501(c)3 organization that is helping break cycles of poverty. You can learn more at www.StRochCDC.org.
Whether you are upgrading your wardrobe, living room, or kitchen, thrift stores are great places to recycle your outgoing goods and a socially responsible place to find replacements. Remember, you can look good, feel good, and do good by shopping at Restoration Thrift. Generations to come will benefit from such a responsible choice.