My Silverlake Flea Market haul truly sparks joy! This month I added some new colors to my closet – peach and coral. I’m not sure why I’ve been avoiding these colors for so long. In fact, they are two colors that look great on just about every skin tone.
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This month’s haul brought up two things I really want to discuss: 1) re-purposing and 2) second hand shopping fast fashion brands.
Re-purposing a Piece from My Silverlake Flea Market Haul
One of my vintage shopping tricks is to re-purpose nightgowns into summer dresses. I’m obsessed with satin dresses this summer and thrift stores charge WAY less for nightgowns compared to dresses. So I say, never be afraid to add a belt to a satin nightgown and call it a dress. No one will ever know the difference and you’ll save a ton!
Buying Secondhand Fast Fashion
In this months Silverlake Flea Market haul, I walked away with an adorable cropped top from Zara. There are some pretty strong opinions out there when it comes to secondhand shopping fast fashion brands so I thought I’d share my two cents. If you watched my Thrift Store Shopping haul video (where I scored bags of brand new Brandy Melville tops for only $13), then I’m sure you know where I stand by now but I’ll elaborate.
For the record, I totally support buying fast fashion secondhand. The main reason is at the end of the day, my purchase keeps the garment out of landfills. Even if the piece needs a little TLC, I don’t mind putting in a little work (e.g. stitching a seam or replacing a button) to extend the life cycle of a piece that might have otherwise been thrown away. I also love supporting the re-sellers. When I buy a secondhand item at a thrift store I’m supporting a worthy non-profit organization. Or when I buy from a vintage re-seller, I’m supporting a small business. Either way it’s a win-win and I feel happy with my contribution.
The fact is not everyone can afford to buy sustainable brands and secondhand shopping is a great entry point to sustainable fashion regardless of the brands you buy. What are your thoughts? Do you avoid fast fashion brands when you shop secondhand?