Shopping With a Conscience

Part of the thrill of shopping is in unboxing the item you just purchased, or received after waiting days for it to arrive, and smelling its newness.  Even when the smell is slightly toxic, making you wonder if you really should be wearing those jeans close up against your skin.  But the excitement of the hunt for a good bargain or a unique vintage piece can be just as rewarding.  During my last visit to Goodwill – I donate there frequently, as I have three children who grow like weeds – I found this simple, yet great dress that I have been wearing a lot this summer.  And it was new with tags from Nordstrom!

I have found a bunch of items for my home there, some of which people assume cost way more than what I paid for.  Not that everything there is a bargain.  I once saw one of the employees there walk in with a purse that had just been donated, happily announcing that it was a certain designer bag and worth a specified amount, which he probably found on a quick google search.  But I could tell that it was a fake.  I wanted to tell him that, but I was afraid I would come across as a pretentious know-it-all.  Besides, I had no way to prove that it was fake, and I figured that, if they priced it too high it wouldn’t sell anyway, so some unsuspecting customer wouldn’t walk away with a counterfeit thinking they had a bargain.  What would you have done?  Said something or stayed quiet?

The other plus of shopping at second hand stores is that it minimizes the environmental impacts of fashion consumption, even if just by tiny little bit.

My latest purchase hanging between the botanic prints I purchased at Goodwill last year.


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