December 1, 2022

How to Dress Sustainably with Thrifting

Author: Siti Fajriyah Nida Aulia
Word count: 1.559
Time to read: 6 minutes

“As consumers we have so much power to change the world by just being careful in what we buy.” —Emma Watson, actress and ethical fashion advocate

Preach Emma! The fashion industry is now boring with its repetitive collections, and trends are drying out very quickly. This phenomenon happens because of the rise of social media, which has caused an increase in micro trends and a decrease in their lifespan.

This is where we, as consumers, should make a smart move. Do you know what happens to the clothes when trends are dying? They are either go to the back of someone’s closet or go to the thrift stores. That means any fashion trends—old or new—are available in the thrift store. Plus, it’s sustainable.

So, if you want to be trendy while still keeping the environment healthy, let me guide you through thrifting!

What are thrifting and sustainable fashion?

Thrifting is basically shopping at places which sell secondhanded items at discounted prices. The thrifted or used goods are usually in good shape with enough life span left for a new owner.

Meanwhile, according to Kate Fletcher, an author and design activist, sustainable fashion is “fashion that fosters ecological integrity and social justice”.

Meaning that sustainable fashion can include various elements, including utilizing environmentally friendly manufacturing, using recycled or organic raw materials, promoting zero-waste or plastic-free packaging, and providing a fair and transparent supply chain, fair wages, and a safe working environment.

Why is thrifting better for the environment?

For a long time, thrift shopping was considered a shameful derogatory practice. But, with discussions about environmental consciousness and accessibility, it is quickly becoming a popular alternative today.

Even for fashionistas, thrift shopping can be your eco-friendly and sustainable option. If you’re used to buying the current fashion trends, thrift stores are known for having them at reduced prices.

Here are more reasons why thrifting is beneficial for the environment.

1. It reduces waste and saves resources

When you purchase items that already exist, like thrifted items, fewer finite resources are needed. That means waste will reduce significantly since fewer clothes will need to be produced.

Moreover, thrifting delays existing textiles, fabrics, and clothes from ending up in the landfill, refusing to biodegrade, and wreaking general long-term havoc. With thrifting, these clothes can have a second chance at life in your closet for you to wear, and we’ll be able to recycle and reuse clothing instead of turning it into waste.

2. It preserves the oceans and water usage

The earth is filled with so many beautiful oceans, and some fabrics like polyester cannot be decomposed in water. The natural wildlife from the Pacific to the Mediterranean ocean will be harmed, damaged, or even killed as a result of these textiles and materials being intact.

We need to be aware that even a single piece of clothing might take many gallons of water to manufacture. Thus, thrifting will be beneficial in improving the health of our oceans and water usage.

3. It lessens the air pollution

The fashion industry accounts for up to 10% of the world’s carbon emissions. This happens because many big factories across the globe are manufacturing clothing at rapid rates, which results in significant increases in air pollution.

Too much carbon emissions from this kind of air pollution can contribute to climate change and health problems, such as severe respiratory issues. As a result, opting to buy second-hand garments at thrift shops helps to prevent environmental abuse by reducing overproduction of clothing and slowing down fast fashion’s production

Due to the many beneficial effects, it contributes to the environment, thrift shopping has gained a large audience, primarily college students and young professionals. By thrifting, you are not only saving money while acquiring fashionable items, but you are also helping to save the environment.

The ultimate guide to thrifting

At first, digging into the world of thrifting can be intimidating. But, worry not. I assure you it’ll get better with a little bit of practice. The more you thrift, the easier it is to check all the best offers from offline and online thrift stores. Here are some tips to enhance the experience and maximize your chances of successfully finding and taking home clothing you like.

1. Research the store ahead of time

  • For offline shopping:

If you’re going to a few thrift stores, prepare a list and plan your trip ahead of time, as thrift stores are frequently packed together. This way you won’t miss any store, and you’ll know how much time you’ll need. Keep track of the best stores for future reference once you’ve made a list.

  • For online shopping:

Similar to offline shopping, you may want to have a list of thrift stores. You can do this on Instagram by selecting and adding the store accounts to your ‘favourite’ feed. This way, you’ll be able to see the latest items on sale and secure them on the open order days—the days when the items can be bought usually happen once or twice a week. A better tip would be to turn on the post notification, but you may want to reconsider it if you don’t like getting spammed with notifications.

2. Have an idea of what clothing you’re looking for

Thrifting clothes can feel a bit like looking for a needle in a haystack since there are a vast of options of styles and an endless mixture of shirts, pants, purses, shoes, and so much more. Hence, knowing a specific type of clothing you are looking for will help give you direction but still leave room for impulsiveness.

3. Set a budget

This is especially important for vintage stores which have higher prices. Hence setting a budget limit for yourself is necessary to make sure you don’t get carried away and overspend. Always keep in mind to buy in moderation. Just because the price is relatively lower doesn’t mean it’s okay for you to go overboard.

4. Patience and Thoroughness are Keys

The key aspect of thrifting is patience since it may take time and require some digging and searching to find the clothes that you’re looking for. Furthermore, you have to be extra thorough when choosing the clothes you want to buy since they’re secondhanded. This is important to make sure the clothes that you buy have no excessive damaged.

5. Consider whether the clothes are actually worth the price

Often the clothes are put in unworthy price tag. Again, just because the clothes are less expensive than purchasing new ones in a shop doesn’t imply it’s worth the price tag. It’s also a good idea to check back frequently because products are occasionally lowered if they don’t sell.

This also applies to online thrift shops. The store usually puts hashtags for items that don’t sell. You may want to check these hashtags and find your desired clothes at better pricing.

10 thrift shops you can find in Jakarta and its surroundings

After knowing the definition, the benefits, and the guide for thrifting, you are now ready to visit your local thrift stores and find new outfits to add to your wardrobe while helping to save the environment and also your wallet.

Here are ten recommended thrifting places in Jakarta for you!

1. Pasar Senen, Central Jakarta

Address: Pusat grosir senen jaya blok 4, Blok IV, RW.3, Senen, Kec. Senen, Kota Jakarta Pusat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 10410

Opening Hours: 08.00 – 17.00 (Every day)

2. Pasar Santa, South Jakarta

Address: Jl. Cisanggiri II No.RT.5, RT.5/RW.4, 4, Petogogan, Kec. Kby. Baru, Kota Jakarta Selatan, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 12170

Opening Hours: 07.00 – 19.30 (Every day)

3. Tarigan Collection, North Jakarta

Address: Jl. Walang Baru Raya No.12, RT.10/RW.7, Tugu Utara, Kec. Koja, Kota Jkt Utara, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 14260

Opening Hours: 09.00 – 22.15 (Every day)

4. Pasar Baru, Central Jakarta

Address: Jl. Ps. Baru No.2, RT.15/RW.4, Ps. Baru, Kecamatan Sawah Besar, Kota Jakarta Pusat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 10710

Opening Hours: 24 Hours (Every day)

5. Blok M Square, South Jakarta

Address: Jl. Melawai 5, Melawai, Kec. Kby. Baru, Kota Jakarta Selatan, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 12160

Opening Hours: 11.00 – 18.00 (Every day)

6. Pasar Kebayoran Lama (Under-Fly Over), South Jakarta

Address: Jl. Ciledug Raya No.17, RT.1/RW.1, Kby. Lama Utara, Kec. Kby. Lama, Kota Jakarta Selatan, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 12220

Opening Hours: –

7. Vintage Vibes Thrift Shop, Serpong

Address: The Flavor Bliss, Pakulonan, North Serpong, South Tangerang City, Banten 15325

Opening Hours: 13.00 – 21.00 (Weekdays), 14.00 – 22.00 (Weekend)

8. Jatayu Thrift Shop, South Jakarta

Address: Jalan Jatayu, Gandaria, Kota Jakarta Selatan, DKI Jakarta.

Opening Hours: –

9. Jembatan Item Thrift Shop, East Jakarta

Address: Jl. Bekasi Bar. III No.3, Rw. Bunga, Kecamatan Jatinegara, Kota Jakarta Timur, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 13350

Opening Hours: 08.00 – 18.00 (Every day)

10. Taman Puring Thrift Shop, South Jakarta

Address: Jl. Kyai Maja, RT.7/RW.1, Kramat Pela, Kec. Kby. Baru, Kota Jakarta Selatan, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 12120

Opening Hours: 09.00 – 17.00 (Every day)

With the worsening condition of our landfills, ocean, and air quality, living sustainably no longer means compromising. It’s our responsibility to save and preserve the health of our mature nature by making an effort. Thrifting can be one of the efforts that you can do. So, if you’re a fashion bug who are looking for outfits that are environmentally friendly and affordable, go thrift!


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