Ethical Shopping and the Fun in Getting to Choose

Consignment shopping has a LOT of benefits, but of the many reasons to shop consignment, our favorite by far is the benefit of having a choice. Many of us desire to shop ethically, but we just can’t afford to do so. There are many labels and designers who have made the difficult (and expensive!) choice to only create clothes that source quality fabric and are made in factories that are run with the utmost integrity. Unfortunately, many of us don’t have access to those brands either because we don’t have time to search them out or we just plain can’t afford it. Enter: your local consignment store! There you know you are supporting a small business and can find many of these brands that are normally too expensive for a stricter budget. Not to mention, any of the other more “fast-fashion” brands that you may find in the store are second-hand, meaning they are living a double-life — which is great for the environment AND the economy! It’s a win/win!

We love the idea of having a style uniform. It is impossible to be creative and come up with a new look every single day. So why not have a uniform, a basic polished look that can get you through those rushed mornings? You most likely already do have one- look in your laundry basket! Most likely the clothes you’re rifling to look for day in and day out, those are the pieces that you gravitate towards. Find out what makes you feel the most you and see what you can do to make the look as stylish as possible, streamlining your closet and choosing to make those your investment pieces. Once you know your uniform, it can make getting dressed much easier when you just don’t have it in you to go all out!

It is general knowledge at this point that shopping second-hand is great for the environment. But the benefits do not end there! Shopping consignment is a great way to find unique pieces so you don’t show up to the party in the same outfit as your friends. And the stigma of shopping second-hand because it’s “cheap” is lifting as well. Even if you aren’t shopping on a budget, why NOT check out your local consignment store? We often will have a current-season designer bag that is sold across the road at the mall — with a savings of hundreds of dollars! No matter what your financial situation, it always feels good to save money.

Women are consistently barraged with fashion advice. It’s on the cover of every magazine, there are entire TV shows dedicated to the concept, and social media is filled with “Do’s and Don’ts” when it comes to personal styling. It can be difficult to know who to listen to! The best advice we can give is to trust your source. It’s important to feel loved and respected when receiving advice, otherwise it can be a negative experience. Getting dressed should make you feel good! So, come on in to Rags and if you’re not sure about a piece — just ask. We are happy to help and can guarantee kindness and honest advice.

Everyone is cleaning out their closet during this time of year. It feels great to get organized as you prepare for spring! We like to set up our closets like we organize our store, starting with the season. First, tuck your spring and summer clothes into the back corners of your closet during the winter, and pull out all the heavier pieces to the forefront, then organize by color and sleeve length where it applies. Then do the same, reverse, as the warm weather approaches.There are many bonuses to organizing your closet by season, one of them being that you have “new” clothes every time a new one rolls around! If you need more tips, come in to Rags, we are happy to help!

At Rags we get excited about ALL forms of reuse when it comes to fashion. Did you know that one of the most affordable and practical ways to make your closet last longer is to update what you already have? When you purchase quality clothes made with durable fabrics, it’s easy to patch, sew, and update. Whether you’re crafty yourself, or you have a trusted tailor, it’s fantastic to go through your closet and set aside some pieces that you love, but don’t wear anymore for any number of reasons: like a ripped seam or tired soles on your shoes. At Rags we are not able to take those items — but it doesn’t mean you have to throw them away! Try to see how you can update or repurpose them, and you’ll see how good it feels to get many more years out of a tried and true look.

January is a great time of year to reconsider what you thought was acceptable seasonally for fashion. Fall is easy… you can’t wait to bust out the chunky sweaters, soft leggings, structured denim, and everywhere you look the tones are warm and neutral. The onset of winter begs for wool and knits, cashmere, gorgeous long coats in navy, gray, and black… with pops of bright colors. By the time January rolls around a lot of us are hoping for spring, but we have a long way to go. So may we suggest bringing a little spring into your closet (and step!) as we trudge into the depths of winter? Try pulling a thick sweater on over your favorite spring dress and pair it with tights and chunky boots. There’s no reason to get bored with your closet just because it’s dreary outside. If you’re not sure how to winterize your spring pieces, come to Rags and we will help!

It’s that time of year where everyone is making resolutions, trying to break old habits, and form new ones. While at Rags we think the most important thing is taking care of yourself — mind, body and soul — we can get on board with the idea that sometimes it feels great to do some closet clean outs, purging what you don’t need or wear, and allowing some “new” into your life. It’s a great time to make room in your closet for something new that inspires you, or just clearing out the clutter to rediscover something old that you’d forgotten you loved!

We can’t even begin to tell you how many times a day we hear a woman say “oh, that’s fabulous but I can’t pull that off!” And it’s just not true! Unfortunately, society is constantly telling women to dress certain ways, and sometimes we can settle into a “style rut.” We are here to encourage you to try something on if you love it, forget that your mother told you when you were twelve that you can’t wear that shade of pink, or that a magazine said women over the age of forty shouldn’t show their knees. Try on what you love! And trust that at Rags, we will be honest with you and help you find a look that you not only feel comfortable in, but we will also help you find a look you’ve always wanted to try. Happy shopping!