First things first, I thought I'd tell you that living consciously will be a major part of this blog and I hope that you'll enjoy reading about it, as well as practicing it with me! I am also beginning to feel like maybe building a little community isn't impossible with Missing Wanderer. I've realized that with this, I'm reaching out to many people, not only mutuals but also interested people. So I find that super interesting -- which only added to my wish to create a little community around here. But more about that coming soon.
Back to living consciously: I found that a big part of turning to conscious living was to realize what my money was worth, what my purchases were worth and what work is put into things that I purchase.
After watching documentaries and going to my local museum that had a whole segment about fast fashion, I was deeply moved and started digging more into the fashion industry.
And I took a look at my wardrobe. And then I not only started to declutter and giving things away, I also stopped shopping at bigger brands and instead turned to second hand stores and thrift shopping.
I'm not saying I'm a saint and I only own thrifted items and only wear those but I'm trying to do better. And to be honest, thrift shopping isn't all too bad! If anything, there's so much positivity coming with it that I feel better after every purchase. And not just because I'm bringing some cool new items back home!
You could find awesome gems!
It's definitely affordable!
Now thrift stores are known for cheap stuff and for a college student who needs the money for bills, tuition and other priorities, this comes in handy when on the look-out for new clothes. And the less the things cost, the more you can spend, the bigger the bags, right? I mean why would I buy a shirt that costs about 20€ in one shop when I can have two shirts, a sweater and awesome shorts for the same amount of money from a thrift store?
And thrift stores aren't just selling old clothes that were thrown away. They're checking the quality thorougly before selling them.
You'll find mostly hidden treasures that are just one of a kind!
It's good for the environment!
Re-using something that has already been used instead of letting it being thrown away is a super green thing to do. Not only do you actively choose not to support shady cooperations and brands who employ in horrific working conditions but you also support ethical clothing and acknowledge how much of toxic pesticides, chemicals and water is being used with the production of clothing.
If you would like to take a look at a list of ethical clothing brands, find this list by Patti from Shifting Tales here.
Thrift stores are great for collectors!
Thrift stores help the community.
And last but not least, thrift stores let you recycle your own clothes.
Do you ever go to thrift stores? What are you most amazing finds so far?
Until then - stay conscious,