Luckily, clothes provide one of the easier and more fun opportunities for those looking to support local businesses and non-corporate entities with their purchases. Nowadays, there are tons of online platforms and apps that make it easier than ever to buy used, secondhand, and even brand new clothes, without paying one dime to a corporation. I personally love this concept, since it is not only more economical and environmentally friendly to buy clothes secondhand, but you also get to find more unique and one-of-a-kind options while benefiting individuals and small businesses.
If you’ve never shopped in a thrift store, you’re definitely missing out! While it’s true that it can be frustrating to find the perfect garment and then discover that it’s one size too small, it’s also incredibly rewarding when you stumble upon a vintage, designer garment for 1/100 of the original price. I wouldn’t recommend this for people who are interested in wearing only specific brands, but then again, living the anti-corporate lifestyle is not for those sheeple anyways. While Goodwill is ubiquitous, avoid it due to its status of a corporation, and choose your local thrift store, generally associated with a church or non-profit, instead.
Consignment stores are a step-up from thrift stores since they generally only sell barely worn goods in near-perfect condition. Shopping in these establishments will reap you the benefit of lower prices while supporting local businesses, and reduce time spent rifling through enormous racks of clothes. However, the prices will be higher than thrift stores and nor will they have multiple sizes for a single item, but if it’s designer ware you’re after, take a peek into your local spot. Best way to find a consignment shop is performing a map search to find one in your area.
Websites & Apps
For online shoppers, I highly suggest looking into the following websites/apps for great deals on secondhand and new clothes: Poshmark, Ebay, Thredup, or Etsy (as an added bonus, if you have unwanted clothes in good condition, you can also make some extra cash selling your items on the same sites!)
Another one of my favorite ideas where I can both get new clothes and get rid of extra clothes, is to have a clothing swap with friends and then donate any unclaimed items to a thrift store. In this way, everyone gets a chance to experience some much needed catharsis from cleaning out their closets and walk away with some free clothes! It’s a win-win situation in every sense of the word. I like to enhance the experience by asking people to contribute some food or drinks as well, and then it turns into a party!
I would love to hear about your experiences buying local, secondhand, and anti-corporate, so please in the comment section below. Additionally, if you know of any other platforms, brands, or stores that I didn’t already mention, please provide for the benefit of the other readers!