Swap, Save, & look Stylish

Winter is here and as you pack away the bikini and board shorts and bring out the sweaters and sweat pants, many take this chance to go through what they have and get rid of unused clothes from the season.  Beyond decking the halls and setting up for the holidays what can you do about all those unwanted clothes that seem to have acquired permanent residence in your overstuffed closet and drawers? Recycle them!

It may seem a little strange, but you recycle cans, newspapers, water bottles, and now clothing has become another item. Local Wilmington NC stores such as Plato’s Closet, Clothes Mentor, Home Again, are just a few of the  numerous consignments shops which  are the newest retail trend. People want to sell their clothes, antiques, art, furniture, and other goods as they feel the need to downsize, raise some cash, swap for a new item, and live in this new economy.

Bravo TV Network even jumped on the new green efforts of the posh Consignment shop trend and market this retail store spin. Second Time Around is  the focus of the season’s hottest new reality television show on Bravo, “Fashion Hunters,” that premiered October 4th. The show follows the fashionistas of Second Time Around’s New York City Mott Street location as they go out searching the attics, closets and garages of the city’s elite. Far from the land of thrift, the hip shop makes dreams come true for shoppers looking for designer fashions on a budget. In the show, the Second Time Around team interacts with demanding customers from savvy socialites to downtown hipsters looking to sell back or buy their next great “get.”

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection agency, “Reusing items or making them with less material decreases waste dramatically. Ultimately, fewer materials will need to be recycled, combusted for energy, or landfills.” So while sorting through your large collection of clothing, consider the options. You never know what items can use a new home and then you can add a new item in your wardrobe collection.

Who knew going green could be so cool and you can look cool doing it.

-Michela Noreski, Jordan Hill, Ashley Nelson