How to Thrift Shop

thrift shop tag discounted 50%We’ve talked about the environmental impact of fast fashion. Plus, how to sell your used clothes—and make money. But what will you do with that cash in hand? Please don’t turn around and drop it at the mall, where it’s difficult to find brands that don’t wreak environmental havoc. Save your closet—and the planet—and buy preloved! I’ve been buying used clothes since high school and at this point 95% of my closet is from a thrift shop, consignment store or swap party. But for a lot of people, just the idea of shopping preloved gives them the heebie jeebies. Fear not, friends! You can save yourself a ton of money and time if you learn how to thrift shop properly. Here’s how. [Read more…]

Pleasant Wayne Takes On #ShopDrop2016

actress pleasant wayne from entourage on eco fashionYou might recognize her from “Entourage” and “Desperate Housewives,” but actress Pleasant Wayne’s social media profile as @The_Sexy_Environmentalist tells the full story. A committed treehugger since the get-go, Pleasant Wayne works tirelessly in support of organizations like The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, Environmental Working Group, Natural Resources Defense Council and Global Green, among others. A longtime believer in eco fashion, Pleasant Wayne signed up early for the Shop Drop Challenge and shares her tips here on swapping, consignment store shopping and thrifting—a few of her favorite eco fashion activities. [Read more…]

Shop Drop Challenge, By The Numbers

woman smiling with face in handsEditor’s Note: Check out the 2016 Shop Drop Challenge!

Thanks from the bottom of my heart to everyone who supported the Shop Drop Challenge. By now, you’ve heard ad nauseum how much money the average American woman spends on clothes, and how much textile waste she dumps into the landfill. With this in mind, here’s what happened in 30 days this month:

513 women joined the Shop Drop Challenge.
We saved $30,780.
We diverted 3,078 pounds of landfill waste.

Amazing! But we also inspired our community to think beyond the mall when it comes to style. And that, my friends, was the point.

I want to make the Shop Drop Challenge an annual event. If we all got together for a yearly 30-day shopping pause, we could save nearly $10 billion and one billion pounds of landfill waste. Yes, that’s billion with a b. Who’s with me?

Hollywood Stylist Secrets to Thrift Shopping

Hollywood stylist Alison Deyette shares her secrets to thrift shopping at The Closet in Santa Monica, CA. So far, Shop Drop Challengers like Alison have saved $30,780 and 3,078 pounds of textile waste from the landfill. Woot!

America’s Best Thrift Shops

brunette sits on gray wall wearing blue shirt, skirt and bootsThrifters, start your engines! The 2014 Shop Drop Challenge is underway, and we’re second-hand shopping our way through a month-long ban on buying new.

Right now, there are more than 500 of us committed to a mall shopping pause this month, representing a savings of $30,000 and 3,000 pounds of textile waste diverted from the landfill. Incredible! Will you please share this post with your friends, so we can double those numbers? Thank you!

So where are the best places to pop some tags? Here are a few, IMHO. [Read more…]