Yard Sale and Fast Fashion
On Saturday morning, my neighborhood had a yard sale, and I said goodbye to a lot of little things that had been in my room for a while. It’s always hard to say goodbye to something that has sentimental value, but in reality, it's just a stationary item that has no soul. It's really the memories that count instead of the item. Besides that, I did get to sell some of my old clothes, or clothes that I don't wear often enough. When I started this blog, I also started a minimalist lifestyle which so far, has been a little difficult. “Minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of anything that distracts us from it.”-Joshua Becker, Becoming Minimalist. This means that I have to declutter my life of many unneeded things. Before I get rid of an item, I now ask myself these questions:
1. Do I use it enough?
2. Does it make me happy or just fill up space?
3. If I kept it, would I use it in the future?
I started a minimalist lifestyle because I often find myself thinking that I need to keep a lot of my stuff, when I really don't. Now when I do need or want to shop, I ask myself these three questions. These questions prevent unnecessary spending and putting my money towards something that I do not stand for:
1. Is the item supporting a local business? If not, do you stand by the business?
2. Is the item sustainable?
3. Is the item made ethically?
Of course, I mess up sometimes, but what matters is that I am actually trying. I encourage you to use this strategy too! Not only are you supporting the people behind the business, but you are also helping the earth and advocating for ethical workers rights. Many employees that make clothes for fast fashion companies like Zara, Urban Outfitters, Adidas, and Shein are in high demand to meet the quota which makes the workers have harsh managers and bad working conditions. This can lead to child labor, sexual misconduct/harassment, and all while being paid under minimum wage with ridiculous working hours. By not supporting non-ethical stores, you are helping yourself by saving money, putting your money towards something that will last you for a long time, and putting your money towards something that you agree with. Some great slow fashion and local businesses that I support are:
All of these brands are great in quality, but they can be a little pricey at times. For that reason, I recommend shopping at thrift stores and second hand stores in person or online. I even have some friends who have made businesses on social media from buying stuff on sale at a second hand shop, then upcycling (revaping) it, and reselling it. Sometimes we may think that we need more clothes and things then we actually do because we are all raised in a consumer society where more is better. This consumer standpoint comes from trends and fads that are pushed on you from your peers and the businesses to peer pressuring you to buy the next thing. This is why I try to stay away from trends and fads because there is no need to buy that off the shoulder look if it will just go out of season and never come back. Trends and fads are often pushed by non ethical brands and are made in bulk which cause the sweatshop owner (where the clothing is made) to push the workers to their extent, making cheap clothes to try to provide for their families. So if a trend that I love is made by an ethical and sustainable brand, then I will consider buying it. However, if the clothing is only found from a place like H&M, Old Navy, or a non-ethical store, then I will pass or move on and wait till I can find it at a second hand shop to give that piece a second life.
A favorite Youtuber of mine, Venetia La Manna, made an amazing video titled Why Sustainable Fashion? It's time for a change. This video has great educational quality and I highly recommend that you go and check it out and her channel out for more information on this topic. I learned so much from her video! I also learned that the reason why I choose to be a minimalist is to save my money and take a small stand against the fast fashion industry. I miss you!