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Thrifting. Is. Cool.

A guest blog post written by Sequoya Fitzpatrick. She has been running a successful online thrifting store, marketing largely through instagram. Now, she is going to share the ins and outs of thrifting!

The year is 2020 and it’s officially cool to wear thrifted clothes. You heard me right, thrifting. Is. Cool.

Long gone are those days of shame and embarrassment when your mom bought your new school clothes from the local Salvation Army.

If you haven’t heard about yet, consider this your notification. Thrifting is in!

Why Thrift?

1. Trend

Fashion has been and always will be a continuous cycle of reusing and modifying trends over the years. (If you’ve ever sought out a pair of mom jeans, then you know what I’m talking about). Scrunchies, fanny packs, ugly chunky sweaters, windbreakers, these are all some of the latest trends and even fast fashion corporations are starting to mass produce these styles. But the most authentic way to wear the latest trend is to either raid your mom’s closet, or head to the thrift store.

2. Cost

Thrift stores are HELLA cheap! I think that our generation has found that the thrift store is an amazing resource for all kinds of things we want but at a discounted price. It’s an amazing way to be boujie on a budget. From home decor to outfits, who cares if someone’s preowned it? It’s become way more impressive to score a good deal than to waste our hard earn cash. (Just ask Macklemore.) 

3. Sustainability

This is a big reason to thrift. The average American throws away 80 POUNDS of clothing each year. All of that ends up sitting in the landfill. Not to mention that the purchase of brand new items (made cheap and do not last) also increases our carbon footprint. Buying used clothing reduces our negative impact on the environment.

4. Finally... earning $$$.

Yeah that’s right, not only can you buy used clothes, you can also sell them. That’s what I do. I’m what they call a part-time “reseller”. Essentially what I do is find these trending and name brand items, and I resell them to people who are searching for them online. They find the items at a markedly discounted price from retail, and I make a profit. Interested in trying it for yourself? Here’s what I recommend:

Try selling your own items out of your closet. This way you can make some extra cash without spending any. This is a great low risk way to test the waters to see if it’s for you.

Here are the best places to sell used clothing:

Poshmark: this is an app that’s been around for a while where people are able to buy and sell all kinds of clothing. You can even make offers if you’ve got a knack for bartering! 

Here’s a sign up link and code you can use to get $10 off your first purchase: Join me on Poshmark, my favorite app to buy & sell fashion. Save up to 70% off top brands! For a limited time, use my code MEMPHISTHRIFTS to save $10: https://posh.mk/k1DurcBYT5

Mercari: also an app, Mercari has more than just clothing. You can buy and sell phones, home decor, books, almost anything that you can think of.

Here’s another sign up think for $10 off: Sign up for Mercari and get $10 off your first purchase. Here's my invitation link : https://merc.li/W8caGXbjb

Depop: this is an app with an instagram-like feel where you can find a lot of fringe and trend based clothing.

eBay: we all know of this one, eBay is still a powerhouse for both used and new items.

Curtsy: this is a new one! This platform has primarily women’s clothing but is a new app where you can both sell and buy clothing. 

Here’s more credits when you first sign up: https://heycurtsy.com/DzdRB7gex4 use my code sequoyaf for $10 off your first purchase!

See what I’m selling!

Instagram: @memphis_thrifts

Poshmark: @memphisthrifts

Mercari: https://www.mercari.com/u/376204476

Curtsy: https://heycurtsy.com/DzdRB7gex4

Depop: https://depop.com/sfitz13Y

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