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Shopping ethically is heavy on my heart, and I wanted to give you some helpful ways to start making a change. Start saying no to modern-day slavery through the fashion industry.
One of the most significant obstacles I had to and still need to overcome when switching is cost. It does cost more to make better choices. I’ve found a few ways to save in this area.
1) Warehouse/Online Sales
Most of my local retailers that have chosen to manufacture their clothing ethically have either online sales or warehouse sales. These usually come at the end of a season to get rid of old stock before new stock comes in. They also happen during the holidays.
Make sure you are following them on social media to find out when these sales will happen. I have saved TONS by doing this. I prefer online sales because I do not have to go anywhere. However, the warehouse sales are usually where you will find your most substantial savings. They are harder to attend. I’ve had to get up at 5 am to attend the Minmoc warehouse sale to score what I was looking for. A few of us went together to make it more worth it and turned it into a little hang out as well.
If you can not make a warehouse sale keep an eye out because if they didn’t sell all that they wanted they make an online warehouse sale. Selections are fewer though.
2) Consignment/Thrift Stores
Although most clothing that you are purchasing at a thrift store is not made by brands that are ethical, this is a simple way to make a change still. You aren’t continuing to supply the company itself with money. It’s going to the thrift or consignment store.
To take it a step further you can source out thrift stores that are giving back to communities through your purchase.
3) Swap Sites
Facebook can be a gold mine when purchasing second-hand clothing. There are usually specific Facebook swap sites that are created for the brand(s) you are looking for.
Just use your search tool and search some out.
You may also have friends that love to shop local/ethically as well. Swap clothing if you can!
Reselling is easier to do when you have younger children or children that aren’t rough when playing.
I have found that the resale value of most ethical clothing holds its value. You can get a good chunk of your money back. Put that away for those sales and buy for the next season or stage of life for your little one.
5) Buy Less/Buy Smarter
Capsule wardrobes are gaining in popularity. We do not need our closets to be bursting. Again this is the result in from the lies that make us feel not worthy of what we have.
Buying a piece here or there will help with investing in shopping ethically. Slowly building your capsule or your child’s capsule can make it seem not such a hit financially.
There you have it. Five tips to slowly start making a change and saying NO. We have an opportunity to be a voice and make a difference here friends. We do not need to support brands that are not doing the right thing. It is hard, but everything that is worth it usually is.
This post is focused mostly on shopping ethically for your children but the same tips can apply for yourself as well. I shop mostly at thrift stores at the moment because my body type doesn’t fit a lot that is out there at the moment. That has been my go to until I’m able to heal my body more.
I pray that this has given you some inspiration on ideas on how you can start. One step at a time!