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“Fashion Show! It’s what I do…”

2012 October 17

By Lorna Rosenberg

It’s what I do with friends and family when I come back from shopping at my favorite consignment stores with bags of fashion potential. The things I love most about consignment shopping are that it fits my style, my budget and my environmental ethic — keeping great clothes out of landfills, supporting local economies, and reducing the need for mass producing even more clothes, shoes and accessories.

I like keeping my wardrobe up to date with outfits that are new to me. I find department stores dizzying with too many choices that don’t interest me. Clothing in a consignment shop has already been selected twice, once by the original buyer and next by the shop owner, so I find the choices are better. Because the prices are much less than a retail store, I have been known to take fashion risks, like the lime-green leopard jacket that I couldn’t resist or the “flapper” sequined cocktail dress that has now been demoted to Halloween-wear. Depending on the shop, I have been known to clinch famous designers, like Betsy Johnson, Halston and Escada for a fraction of the original prices.

Consignment shops tend to have one-of-a-kind and size (unless they are re-selling stock from a closed boutique) so there is a great opportunity to mix and match for your own body type, for what looks best on you. With rare exception, I only make purchases that are in perfect condition, don’t need major alteration, and that complete an outfit. My latest cost-saving strategy is to start my shopping in the $10 and $20 rack and build my outfit from there. Environmentally, consignment shopping helps me hang onto some of my existing favorites by purchasing a new accessory or complementary item to update my look for the next season.

So now that you know how to spruce-up your fall wardrobe in a cost effective, eco-friendly way, get out there and do some shopping.

About the author: Lorna Rosenberg is the Green and Healthy Schools Coordinator in Region 3. She is grateful to have been located in Center City Philadelphia with EPA for 28 years which has contributed immensely to her clothes consigning acumen, office couture and the local economy.

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8 Responses leave one →
  1. Linda Stephens permalink
    October 17, 2012

    Hi Guys, I’ve found this interesting about fashion! Check it out!

  2. kelly permalink
    October 18, 2012

    Although saving money is a great start, I believe that buying a good product for a little more money is saving money for the long run

    Kelly Cohen

  3. wade permalink
    October 19, 2012

    Great idea. You did not address what you did with your discarded clothes, etc. I hope you gave them to “salvation army stores” or “thrift” stores. Was so proud of my grandson at Clemson University who got tired of driving his car around campus and went to the local “thrift” store and purchased a used bicycle. Now as for helping the economy, look at the labels and think how many jobs could be created if just some of the fabric and clothes were manufactured in USA. The textile and apparel industry lost several million jobs to overseas companies.

  4. Womens Clothing permalink
    December 4, 2012

    Hi Lorna,

    Thats a great idea. But i have an doubt that, cloths bought from consignment shops can be used for a long run or not.

  5. Home Remedies For Herpes permalink
    March 17, 2013

    i love shopping Lorna ! and just like you, i always keep my wardrobe up to date. and one i find interesting in your post is, keeping update my wardrobe with money saving. it’s like oil and water, it is an contrast. but you can combining the two ideas, salute !

  6. Sherron permalink
    May 8, 2013

    Women always look towards offers, coupons online if available to make the least expense and have good amount of shopping :)

    Thank you for sharing the information,

  7. Michael J. permalink
    May 26, 2013

    Ha! I love the idea that consignment is “environmentally friendly.” Great! I try to make my fashion choices somewhat socially responsible as well.

  8. tr3ndygirl fashion blog permalink
    October 31, 2013

    this is such an interesting post!

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