It's safe to say that I've been thrifting since I was an infant. My mom is one of SEVEN children and being one of the youngest cousins, I always got what everyone else grew out of. I remember being a kid and getting trash bags full of clothes every time we went to a family gathering. Sometimes I would get something that I had seriously been eyeing on one of my older cousins and sometimes it would go right back in the bag for other, smaller cousins to get when it was their turn.
It's really powerful to only be able to choose from an entire warehouse (or trash bag) of generally discarded clothing. To this day, most of my clothing is secondhand, besides underwear, socks, shoes (big feet) and jeans (long legs). I've been thrifting my whole life, I know where to look for the good stuff and when to just stop and move on.
As a reseller, it's pretty taboo to share secrets with the public. I'm putting my literal livelihood in jeopardy here but I think it's SO important to share knowledge, build community and work together for the greater good of secondhand and sustainability because the most sustainable garment is one you already have (or one that already exists in the world).
Here's my plan, I'm going to go through one by one, all of my favorite thrift stores withing driving distance of Boston. All 10 of them, I'll tell you what I like, what I don't like and show you what I get. I'm going to be as transparent about the process as I can be as someone who sorta does this for a living. I can't possibly give away all my secrets because it really comes with practice. I hope to share some of this knowledge with you in an attempt to bring greater access to secondhand at the most affordable level (other than sorting through huge bins or by-the-pound shops)
Eventually I hope to do a top 10 list of vintage stores, antique stores and even MBTA accessible thrift stores for those of you who really can't access things farther than a bus ride. Together, we can create a more affordable and sustainable wardrobe, home and life. WHO'S WITH ME?!