Closet Update Ethical Fashion Thrifting

Poshmark // Taking Your Time to Thrift

January 20, 2019

Living in Naples, a town with 42% of the population 65 years or older and a median age of 61 years old, means that our few Goodwills are not exactly teeming with lovingly used Everlane or Madewell. I’ve definitely snagged a few gems but it’s an entire project to comb through all the Tommy Bahama to find something I feel like I can work with. In many ways thrifting is the most feasible financial option for me to build my ethical wardrobe so I rely on snagging second hand finds.

Poshmark has quickly become one of my greatest resources when it comes to thrifting on my ethical wardrobe journey. I can refine my search to specific brands, fabrics, sizes, colors, etc. and I can actually negotiate the listed price with the seller, as well as ask any questions I have about the piece. I have access to the app at any time, so I can return to items I’ve favorited to see if someone else has snatched them up. When I really like an piece, I can either put in an offer or hold on for a few weeks to see if I really want / need it. Once the seller accepts my bid, they have up to a week to ship it to me. Any time I can get something delivered to my house that I didn’t have to go into public for is a good time as far as I’m concerned.

The only two downsides that I’ve discovered is the shipping fee ($4.99 – $6.49) and the no return policy. The shipping fees aren’t unreasonable honestly (I’ve just been a hardcore Amazon prime girl for the longest so any price for shipping is just shocking to me) and the items that don’t work for me once they arrive, I can just resell in my own Poshmark closet. I thought I’d be fun and trendy and order one of those linen box-y shirts from Everlane and once it arrived I very quickly realized it was not remotely flattering (or easy to care for, like… linen wrinkles when you look at it) so I resold it in a matter of days!

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In the last 3 months I’ve bought 7 items from Poshmark, one of which is my vintage Dooney & Bourke purse (cameo below) and one arrived today (so I’ve yet to get a photo of myself wearing it) but I wanted to share my items and to give you a ballpark idea of what Poshmark thrifting has cost me (the listed prices will include the cost of shipping). Most of the items I bought were at a very reduced price compared to what they originally cost, without supporting unethical brands which is what I’m here for.

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Original Price: This item is sold out on Anthropologie.com but similar style shirts were going for $88!
Price: $16.50 (+ $20 trip to the tailor) = $36.50
Fabric: 100% Tencel
Tencel (or Lyocell) is a fiber made from the wood pulp of trees that are grown and replaced on specialized tree farms, produced using recyclable, Earth-friendly solvents. I’ve had a few shirts made with this over the years and I really like how durable and comfortable it is. It also seems to not wrinkle as easily as some other fabrics? I ended up taking it to the tailor because I needed it cinched in a little because I’m so tiny, and it was slightly longer in the back which I didn’t care for. Instead of always feeling like nothing fits me right, I’ve decided to invest in trips to the tailor which has worked out well so far!

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Vintage Mock Neck
Original Price: ?
Price: $18.50
Fabric: 55% Rayon + 45% Cotton
I’ve wanted a sleeveless mock neck for ages, and I couldn’t believe that I found one! The tag doesn’t say anything about the company, but it’s made in the U.S.A. which seems to be typical of a lot of vintage pieces. I’m afraid of hurting it because it’s a knit pattern, so I’m going to be only hand washing it so nothing gets snagged.

Everlane Italian GoWeave Cropped Pant
Original Price: $115
Price: $41.50 (+ $35 trip to the tailor) = $76.50
Fabric: 100% wool
It’s so difficult to understand sizing online when you’ve never worn a certain brand, so I did a bunch of research about comparing brand sizes and taking my measurements. I decided to go slightly larger that the size I thought I needed just in case and planned to visit the tailor if needed. I wouldn’t have planned to spend $75 on pants if I had just seen them at that price, but even still, it still saved me over $40 and I’m completely OBSESSED with this pants. I can’t remember the last time I had a pair of professional pants that actually fit me snugly. I’m tired of having cheaply made, ill fitting slacks in my office place–I’ll be 28 in a few months and it’s time for me to look professional.

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Current Elliot // Stiletto Skinny Black Jean
Original Price: $188
Price: $71.50 (minus $40.50 that I had as a balance from my own Posh sales) = $30
Fabric: 98% Cotton + 2% Elastane
It took me well over a month to find these and I LOVE how they feel. My old Gap jeans were completely gray after wearing them 3 – 4 days a week for well over a year (and less frequently, but consistently before that), even after dyeing them using Rift one afternoon. They’re ankle cropped and they will go with basically everything I have. I’m so thrilled to have them as a staple again and I’m going to be incredibly particular with how often I wash them.

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Theory Gray Sheath Dress
Original Price: I’ve seen this exact dress for $150 on other Poshmark listings and then also similar Theory dresses at Bloomingdales for upwards of $295
Price: $23.50
Fabric: 96% Wool + 4% Elastane
I’ve been wanting a simple sheath dress for ages and I absolutely love this one–there are so many ways I can wear it. I’m debating on if I need to take it to the tailor or not. I believe it fits well, but you can see a slight bunch in the front. I usually wear everything slightly loose so while working towards a more tailored look is my goal, I’m basically unfamiliar with how properly fitted clothes look on me.

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Taupe Vintage Trousers
Original Price: ?
Price: $29
Fabric: No info on the tag, but I believe it’s predominantly wool
My husband keeps asking me if I stole his pants when he sees me in these. I still would like to pick up a belt to accessorize, otherwise I feel unbelievably good in these pants. Being that my waist is so small, the whole high waisted thing works well for me so I’m just going to lean into it. (Also, I heard low rise jeans are coming back and I absolutely refuse to participate).

So over a period of 3 months, I ended up spending $214 (including trips to the tailor), which breaks down to around $70 per month. Based on my research though, I saved around $370! At the moment I don’t have a set budget for clothing, other than trying to be as thrifty as possible and only purchase out of need and not out of want alone. Prior to October 2018, I spent about a year not buying clothes so I’m just starting to dip my toes in.

I did also do a bit of shopping on Thred Up and took a trip to Goodwill. Should I share about that in an upcoming post?

Tell me about your Poshmark experience?

(Not sponsored, I just really like Poshmark!)

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    How Much Have I Actually Spent on Thrifting? – SECONDHAND STEPH
    July 2, 2019 at 6:15 am

    […] Beyond the ability to opt out of fast fashion altogether, thrifting is an appealing option for not only me but for many other individuals for an obvious reason: it’s one of the least expensive options available. I feel guilty sometimes because when it comes to thrifting it can feel incredibly easy for me–I don’t care for most big brands and I haven’t since I was a teen (which I insufferably thought was a defining personality trait after watching scores of Manic Pixie Dream Girls in indie films). I prefer more simple, vintage looks instead of following each of the 52 trend filled seasons of fashion that are pumped out each year. I also have a deep aversion to having too much stuff, so in many ways I’m primed for the thrifty life. […]

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