When it comes to style, there is one way everyone hopes to look: effortless. We have all side-eyed an ensemble on the street that flares fashion envy within us. The kind of outfit that makes you think, I wish I could pull that off. As you daydream of yourself in the same outfit, you also begin to wonder where the perfectly dressed stranger acquired such beautiful pieces. Although we live in a society of fast fashion, the trend of second-hand or “vintage” shopping has become popular amongst young adults. Often when individuals think of second-hand they envision stores such as Value Village. Trendy consignment stores have given a new name to buying second-hand clothing and accessories.
Consignment boutiques share a common goal of providing consumers with an eco-friendly alternative to throwing out their high-quality clothing. This could be clothing that they’ve either grown out of or no longer enjoy wearing. The difference with consignment is that when you give up the piece you retain ownership of that item until it is eventually sold. After your item is sold, you actually receive a percentage of the selling price (Sign me up!).
Consignment shops are growing in student cities like Waterloo because it’s a way to help students receive money for old clothes and provides frugal shoppers with a cost-saving alternative to shopping for brand name and vintage clothing. They focus on gathering those trendy and vintage threads hidden in everyone’s closet to help others achieve that effortless look!
By choosing to shop second-hand, you are doing your part to become more sustainable. Re-wearing clothes reduces waste and pollution. When we buy a new article of clothing we must consider the life cycle of the item. A lot goes into the creation of a single shirt or sweater – the manufacturing of the clothes, dyes, textiles, packaging and transportation. Approximately 98% of clothing purchased in Canada and the U.S come from abroad. It is an energy and resource heavy industry. Meaning that each article of clothing we own has a large carbon footprint. Second-hand shopping produces a significantly smaller carbon footprint by cutting down on manufacturing demands, the release of carbon emissions, and the likelihood of the item ending up in a landfill.
If you are interested in consignment stores and live in the Waterloo Region, a great local consignment shop that Karina and I love to shop at whenever we are in Uptown Waterloo is Luster & Oak. The pictures from today’s post are taken in their store and are actual items that they sell. They are definitely worth checking out if you are ever in the area.
Do you shop second-hand? Share with us your favourite shop in the comments below!