February 16, 2016

Shopping Secondhand in NYC

People ask me all the time how I shop Zero Waste. My answer: secondhand!

I buy all of my clothing secondhand which helps me to save money and have a closet full of unique items. How do I do it? Well, I teamed up with Suitcase Magazine and Viber to create a video on why I love secondhand shopping in NYC and what my favorite spots are. Check out the video below to learn all about them!
My favorite Secondhand Stores in New York City: 
  1. Beacon's Closet
  2. 2nd Time Around 
  3. Housing Works
  4. Goodwill 
What do I look for? 
When secondhand shopping I look for simple, well made pieces that I could imagine wearing two days in a row and not having anyone notice. I like for my clothing to be basic and not trendy that way I can layer it, wear it over and over, and keep it for a really long time. I also look for pieces that are made from natural fibers like cotton, silk, hemp, wool, and leather. These materials are all naturally biodegradable. I stay away from synthetic fibers because they are bad for your skin because they are made from toxic ingredients, bad for the environment because they are typically oil derived and the extraction and production processes are chemical, water, and energy intensive, and bad for our oceans as synthetic fibers get released into our water system and mistaken for food by animal life which then suffocates them. Plastics in the ocean also attract toxins when are then consumed by animal life so I stay away from plastic based or synthetic fabrics.  

What are some of your favorite secondhand finds and stores? Let me know in the comments below! 


78 comments:

  1. Dear Lauren,

    First off all I wanted to congratulate you for sharing your zero trash lifestyle with the world (literally because I´m from Argentina).

    I tried the deodorant recipe and it works wonderfully on me! So many many deodorant packages are not going to be used. I also have made the whipped body butter, but as I touch the creme with my finger to apply it, the creme melts. I used equal parts of the ingredients as you advice, maybe I should use less coconut oil? We are on summer here.. should I conserve it on the fridge?

    Thanks again for all your advices and hope you could help me with the whipped body butter :)

    Mariana

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    1. ¿De qué parte de Argentina sos? El problema con las recetas que incluyen aceite de coco acá es que en los meses de verano, lo único que rinde es guardar las cosas (crema,etc) en la heladera. Por otra parte, podes intentar hacer la crema con manteca de carité o cacao sola sin el aceite de coco.
      En el caso del desodorante, también esta la opción de usar manteca de carnauba.

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  2. So many great second hand items and passed down! Besides the environmental impacts that surround new clothing (or anything) , the human rights/social justice are important reasons to purchase second hand. I tend to stick to Goodwill and church thrift stores, as that is what is available in my community.

    I would rather have a sweater that my grandfather had than a new one purchased off the racks any day!

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  3. Hi Lauren! You're such an inspiration! What do you do with clothes that you no longer want to wear? Do you use the fabric to make new pieces out of them, donate them, or sell them or anything like that?

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    1. I was wondering alternatives for worn out clothing. I have some threadbare tshirts and jeans that are no longer wearable and would be turned to rags for heavy industry (that eventually get thrown away) or shipped overseas (ruining local clothing production from these cheap resells). Any ideas? Im stashing them for possible sewing projects for now.

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    2. I was wondering alternatives for worn out clothing. I have some threadbare tshirts and jeans that are no longer wearable and would be turned to rags for heavy industry (that eventually get thrown away) or shipped overseas (ruining local clothing production from these cheap resells). Any ideas? Im stashing them for possible sewing projects for now.

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  4. Hi Lauren,

    First off - love the blog. It's great. I was watching this video and I was interested that you were okay with buying clothes like a suede jacket which comes from animals. At what point does the intersection of environmental sustainability come in contact with animal poaching/killing? I'm curious to hear your positioning on that, because I'm taught to never buy anything with real animal fur.

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    1. I completely agree with you! I find it very confusing that although her company makes vegan products, she advocates the purchase of animal materials, and organic meat and dairy. I have never really heard Lauren talk about the devastating effects that animal agriculture has on the environment (http://www.cowspiracy.com/facts/) and I think that it must be talked about whenever we are discussing sustainability, waste and the environment

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    2. There is absolutely nothing wrong with purchasing local, organic, grass fed meat. Happy well treated animals are simply that. It's the circle of life. If no one ate meat, the world would be run by overpopulated animals. As far as buying secondhand items made with animal material? It's already made and would be more of a waste for no one to use it. It would also not increase the demand due to the fact it is secondhand.

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    3. Yogisophie....if you did your research, which is not difficult because the info is evverywhere, you would know that its impossible to be overpopulated by animals. The reason there are so many of them (and i asdume you are talking about cows and pigs as most leather comes from these innocent creatures)is because they are artificially
      seminated and not because they are reproducing naturally. Once artificial can be stopped, if ever we stop eating animals, then their numbers will go to a natural level.

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    1. I came back on here to tell you a company has started making vegan leather out of pineapples so its cruelty free and bio-degradable. It's called Pinatex, thought you'd find it interesting. Why is my other comment gone, you're a big inspiration to me and I thought what is said was helpful... Did I say something wrong?

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  6. Don't forget Buffalo Exchange! And Cure Thrift in East Village.

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  7. I think it's a great idea to shop for more simple yet stylish clothes that are not trendy!

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