Let’s start at the beginning. Recently my style adapted into “the comfier the better”; to comply with the freezing classrooms and my raging senioritis. So I began my search to find tops that I can just throw on in the morning without worrying about getting cold throughout the day. Then, I found the holy grail: crew neck sweatshirts.
However, they are somewhat expensive. Specifically, college and sports crew necks, since they can sometimes originally be well over $50. Now, I don’t have the money for that, but companies that produce more affordable sweaters are often guilty of improper labor and manufacturing practices.
So, to save money and avoid fast fashion companies I turned to thrifting. According to Goodwill.org, thrifting lessens unnecessary resource consumption, chemical pollution and overflowing landfills.
Thrifting or shopping secondhand is a great way to reduce your environmental footprint while finding some really cool and unique items that you wouldn’t be able to get elsewhere.Goodwill
Unfortunately, the activity can be very time consuming. When shifting through overflowing racks and buckets of clothes, one has to be thorough. Even then, there may not be anything valuable in the store, so I downloaded Poshmark and now I’m obsessed.
Similar to Ebay, Poshmark is an app where users can purchase preowned clothes for a marked down price. However, unlike Ebay, this app is first come first serve, so there is no bidding process. In spite of this, there are ways to make counter offers on products, and bargain the price down.
One feature I find most useful is how the app allows users to follow brands they are interested in. So when a shop lists an item of that brand, it will show up in the “feed” tab. Making finding products users may be interested in easier.
Unfortunately, the return policy is a little strict, but not unlike in person thrift stores.
You can return items from Poshmark, but only if the item you ordered never arrives, or doesn’t match the product description. This means that you can’t ask for a refund if the item doesn’t fit, if it arrives late, or if you just don’t want it anymore.Business Insider
But why am I obsessed? After all, it’s just another way to shop online. Well, I’m an avid shopper; constantly looking out for a good deal. So, this app not only makes it easier to find clothes I’m interested in, but also gives the satisfaction of saving money on quality products.
The first time I ordered off Poshmark, I bought a bundle. Meaning I purchased two sweaters from the same seller. Which resulted in an unexpected but delightful discount. I received a notification only days after saying the seller shipped my order and it was at my house within two weeks.
First, I ordered a licensed Oxford University crew neck for only $25. While $25 may seem slightly pricey for a preowned sweater, there are no stains or tears and it hardly feels or looks used. Additionally, I found Oxford merch on Amazon for $40, so I saved $15 by thrifting. In my opinion, mine is much cuter too!
Since buying second hand keeps clothes out of landfills and wards consumers away from companies with no concern for the environment, I support thrifting. What’s more is shopping online saves so much time. So, I downloaded Poshmark, and now I’m obsessed.