give a sh!rt with value village

happy national thrift shop day, everyone!
if you read this blog regularly, you know i am an avid thrift shopper
(you can see a few of my favorite thrifted outfits herehere and here).
i love to visit local thrift and consignment shops throughout the
seattle area. i thought it only appropriate to celebrate today with a thrifted t-shirt.

summer has seemingly flown by, and ‘back to school’ season is upon us!
while i’m no longer in school (unfortunately, i don’t know if working
in a preschool counts), i sure don’t mind taking this opportunity to clean 
out and update my closet for fall. i have a few items
on my wish list (including brown ankle booties and a faux leather jacket)
and plan to donate the clothing and accessories i no longer wear. 
each year, people consume over 80 billion pieces of clothing, 
which causes the clothing industry to be one of the world’s biggest polluters!

t-shirt: thrifted (value village), sunglasses: h&m, jeans: american eagle

while i love shopping the big department stores, as well as 
the more affordable retailers (such as target or fred meyer), 
thrifting remains one of my favorite weekend activities.
i love the thrill of finding a beautiful handbag, dress or pair of shoes
that are well-within my budget!
a few ‘back to school’ shopping statistics for you:
the average t-shirt from value village will cost $2.49, while
low-tier retailers (such as target or walmart) will charge $6.50.
high end retailers (such as macy’s or nordstrom) will charge an average of $32.49.
and those ankle boots i desperately want? $6.99 from value village;
$20.88 from a low-tier retailer; $64.95 from a high end retailer.
these cost differences are substantial, especially when you consider other
‘back to school’ essentials – a warm coat, classroom supplies, textbooks, etc.
a shirt is a terrible thing to waste!
north americans send more than 10.5 million tons of 
clothing to landfills every year, 95% of which could be recycled.
this year, i challenge you to both shop and donate to your local value village
for ‘back to school’ clothing items! this not only 
saves your budget, but also benefits our local community and makes a
positive environmental difference.
happy thrifting!

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