Consignment shopping is where it's AT friends!
Consignment stores will take your used clothing, sell it for you and give you a portion of the profits, or in store credit. As a shopper, one can often find well known brands in great condition at prices that range from fair to so good your heart stops for a second.
My most recent consignment shopping experience took place at Dragon Phoenix in Vancouver (on 41st St near Dunbar). This place is one of my favourite stores for ethical shopping in Vancouver. The city is home to plenty of great second hand retailers, but so far Dragon Phoenix is the only one that has consistently exceeded my expectations. The store has a high standard for the quality of clothes that they will accept, so their entire stock is always in great condition. They have seasonal sales during the summer and winter where you will find incredibly exciting pricing on lovely pieces of gently used clothing.
This was a particularly successful Dragon Phoenix experience. I was able to find a 'little black dress' that fits like a dream (finally!!), sunglasses that cover my entire face (just the way I like 'em) and a maxi skirt that doesn't scream maternity - three timeless wardrobe basics. Lastly, I succeeded in finding a summery top that I can easily dress up or down and feel so bright and wonderful wearing.
With the commitment to shopping ethically, I have found waiting until I am in urgent need of a specific clothing item to be very stressful...
Let's just acknowledge it y'all, conscious consuming does involve, well, consciousness. Every few months I try to go through my closet and evaluate what might be useful to add to my wardrobe. I keep this information in mind as I find time to shop at second hand stores. Being mindful of what is already in my wardrobe prevents me from urgently buying a "fast fashion" item at a big chain retailer.
What is your favourite place to pick up second hand swag?