Secondhand Shopping for the Holidays

Updated: Jan 5, 2019

Can holiday shopping be sustainable? Why shopping secondhand matters featured in the December issue of Green Living Magazine.

If you’ve been following my recent fashion features on my social media, it is no surprise that I am a huge supporter of secondhand shopping and especially my local secondhand retailers, such as My Sister’s Closet. As many of us join the holiday shopping madness why not consider supporting your local economy and shopping secondhand retailers nearby. Consignment, vintage and thrift stores are packed with unique and hard to find gifts just waiting to be found.

(A more more detailed version of this story can be found in the December issue of Green Living Magazine)

Why shop secondhand?

There are many reasons why shopping secondhand is a good idea- financial, environmental, to support a good cause, to make a style statement, etc. Personally, I support the secondhand clothing industry as an environmental stance, and to make a statement of voting for a more sustainable and responsible fashion industry. We vote with our dollars and every purchase made is a vote for more of what we want to see in the world.

I believe that secondhand shopping, whether high-end consignment, vintage or thrift, is the most sustainable shopping you can do. The resources have already been used and you are extending the lifecycle of discarded items that would otherwise end up in a landfill. 

Overlooking the Recycling facilities at the Phoenix Transfer Center