I love flea markets, I love second hand shops. If I can find something I like, or something I think it would be useful or “pretty” but is cheaper than if I would buy it on a store… I really wouldn’t mind if it was already used, as long as is still functional. I support this market because I think is part of an “eco-lifestyle”. What would be the point of upcycling and reusing if I’m buying more and more stuff from the big companies/stores? To me, I’m supporting the local business but also I’m avoiding the big consumerism. “Somebody’s trash, may be somebody’s treasure”. And if that comes with the “plus” of helping some charity cause, even better!
I found some information (with statistics and all) that may be interesting for you as well. Hope is useful as a guide to a more ecological ethical-shopping lifestyle (is not only about clothes). This infographic I found it on The Note Passer and it pretty much summarises it all, if you want to know the statistics please keep reading:
“I have challenged myself to shop ethically for clothes, shoes, and accessories from now on. This challenge is forcing me to reevaluate the way that I shop. I created the graphic below to visually represent the questions I ask and the choices I make when I want to buy something. Mapping it out helped me work through the decisions and options available and I hope it will help others too.
First, I ask myself if I really need the item that I want, which slows down my consumerism (a financially positive side-effect). Maybe I already have something similar. Maybe I’m just impulse buying. Depending on what it is, I might just upcycle or borrow. If I determine that I really need the item, I’ll then decide if it needs to be purchased new; getting something that is already in the consumer stream is the best option and there are many places to find second-hand or vintage options: Twice | Ebay | Thrift stores | Vintage stores | Etsy | Yerdle | Craigslist | Swapping parties | Flea markets
If it turns out I can’t find it second-hand or need it to be new, I’ll look for an ethically-made option. This is where all of my research comes in handy. If it turns out I can’t find an ethical version, I at least want to buy a quality item rather than a cheap, throw away version. There is a great movement happening for USA-made, quality, artisan work with companies like Made Collection and Archival. Buying local is another responsible alternative.”
by Elizabeth Stilwell
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