Top: J. Crew via Downtown Threads | Skirt: Vintage via Downtown Threads | Sandals: Marshalls
photography by Kathryn McSherry and Zoe McPheron
I have proclaimed my love for Downtown Threads many a time on T&T – like when I found these perfect shorts, or jean jacket, or the most ridiculous/incredible tie dye galaxy printed wrap midi skirt, or this leather skirt I completely DIY-ed. Downtown Threads is a truly magical thrift store on Church Street in Burlington, VT. I find myself scouring the racks multiple times each summer for the silliest tie dye, animal tee shirts (like this and this) and more practical articles of clothing like this suede skirt and metallic business-ish top. It’s sad that I get excited when I find an unconventional shirt that I can deem a “business shirt”, but I really do get excited. I guess that’s what I get for being a business major. I also saw this sparkly shirt with pockets fit for our final banquet at camp. And paired with my new skirt, my beige-fit (beige outfit) was complete.
Regardless of whether or not you live by Downtown Threads or have an appreciation for beige-fits and sparkly shirts with pockets like me, you should thrift more often. Thrift stores are gold mines for statement pieces of all kinds. Yes, you may have to hunt through all of the racks to find a pair of jeans that fits just right, but the price and the impact on the environment (!!!) is always worth it. While it may be confusing to think that a Forever 21 shirt bought in a thrift store is better for the environment than a Forever 21 shirt bought in a Forever 21 store, it all makes sense if you focus on the reuse of the shirt. The cycle goes Reduce, Reuse, Recycle in that order, so if you’re not going to reduce the amount of clothing you purchase, the next best thing to do is reuse it. Thrift stores, consignment stores and vintage stores are all great places to find second-hand items that may even be brand new. It’s also much more exciting to go through racks of unique pieces instead of racks and racks of the same black dress in a regular retail store. And when you’re done with the clothes you have in your closet, donate them to a thrift or consignment store to continue on that cycle and recycle your clothing items. Go find your version of my Downtown Threads and go crazy: it’s sustainable!