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moccasinsBy Tao Oliveto, Carrboro, NC

Style may not feed your soul, but it does feed something internal that both links us to our culture and to ourselves. Can you have you style and eco it, too? Thrifting has been around, but it now can make fashion sensible. Thrift/trade/vintage/consignment, whatever you call it, shopping this way saves resources, money, and tells good stories. Although the thought of shopping in a mall is my own personal idea of hell, I admit it – I’m hooked on thrift stores.

It’s not just about the clothes, but about creativity, experience and yes, style. In contrast, my self-professed trendaholic friend who can’t stay away from malls, lamented recently, “After all the money is spent, I don’t even feel that stylish.” Somehow, thrift shopping can move you more towards self-expression and away from following the crowd. Here are some of my recent fashion finds.

The more industrious thrifties may enjoy web shopping for pass-alongs and there is even a new site announced at SWSU that allows you to join a clothes swapping community, which is pretty cool. I’ve found a few treasures myself this way but coming to terms with the eco-expense of shipping has kept me using this option sparingly.

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  1. The Tao of Change » Blog Archive » The Planet/Your Life - the luxury of thrift Says:

    […] that have a little “history”, but some of the old-time quality as well, so I shop at thrift and vintage stores because it’s fun and interesting, not because it’s cheap. Granted, […]

  2. Yoga Pants Says:

    Appreciate the info guys, thanks

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