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Secondhand Fashion Gets a Second Look!

By Amanda Wilkes:

I’m the girl who doesn’t buy anything unless I absolutely love it, which stands true for my wardrobe. However, being 24 and having a fairly demanding social agenda, I find not re-wearing my clothes — or more specifically, the nicer outfits I buy for events like weddings or girls’ nights out — difficult. Yet, if I buy a great dress, I hate to see it hang in my closet, not to be worn again until the next year when i’m around a completely separate group of people for fear that someone may remember it. It sounds silly, I know, but I think this is true for many women.

So to solve this problem, I have resorted to what my mom always suggested for prom or homecoming: secondhand stores. Of course, I was too cool in high school not to buy something brand new.  And I wasn’t the one paying for it. Well, times have changed, and now I find the most unique and least expensive clothes at this type of store.

What I love about consignment shops is that most likely no one else will have the same outfit because, unlike me, they probably will go to the standard Forever 21, H&M, or Macy’s to find an outfit that thousands of other girls will purchase. I like to think of buying “secondhand” as buying something with character, something that has a story behind it. What else I love is paying half the normal department store price. Two weeks ago, I attended a wedding, so I had decided to try my luck at a secondhand store. Sure enough, I purchased a designer Diane von Furstenberg dress and accessories for a total of $35 dollars at a great place in San Diego called Flashbacks. All I did was Google “Secondhand stores + San Diego,” and a decent list of places with reviews came up.

We should remember that one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. Instead of filling up landfills each year with more than two quadrillion pounds of used clothing, we should consider selling or donating our clothes and buying secondhand. Finding a place to donate your clothes is easy, especially with organizations like Planet Aid that have set up donation bins in many cities throughout the U.S. For those of us who think that just giving away a favorite dress or pantsuit is unbearable (even though it has been sitting somewhere in the back of your closet for the past five years), consider making a little money by selling it to a consignment shop and know that someone else will probably enjoy it even more than you did!  When we buy “secondhand,” we are helping the environment by eliminating the need for new materials, fuel and energy spent in factories. You will be helping not only the environment but also your wallet  And you’ll be surprised by the second glances you catch when you wear secondhand!

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Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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  1. You look so great Amanda! I have a wedding the end of the month… I am taking your advise. Thanks girl!

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