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Top Reasons To Visit Thrift Stores In San Diego

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It is often said that one of our greatest powers is our purchasing power: buying is voting! A good example of this is when we decide to buy second-hand clothes or objects. By doing so, we send the message that we disapprove of the current model based on over-consumption and instead support an alternative way of acquiring necessary goods. Having not bought anything new in over a year, we present here some top reasons to visit second-hand shops in San Diego.

To avoid the harmful impacts of production

Buying in shopping malls may seem like a harmless act. However, this act has the effect of approving the heavy environmental consequences related to the production of a good. For example:

  • Pressure on natural resources such as water
  • The use of non-renewable and non-recyclable fossil and mineral resources such as iron, rare metals and oil
  • Increasing energy demand
  • Over-packaging throughout the production chain
  • Pollution from the transportation of resources and the goods themselves

In addition, the wages of the workers (sometimes young children) in the factories are thinned by the profit shares that each actor takes from the sale - the manufacturer, the brand, the wholesaler, the shop, etc. It should also be noted that working conditions in these same factories often leave much to be desired. To change the paradigm, favouring second-hand items by visiting best Thrift stores San Diego is the preferred solution. By this change alone, the harmful environmental and social impacts of producing new goods are avoided.

To get out of the disposable culture

The turnover of our goods has increased in pace. We are witnessing the era of fast shopping and programmed obsolescence, where an object is only destined to exist for a short time. Just think of mobile phones that become obsolete after only two years or clothes that are out of fashion after only one season. 

So, avoiding renewing possessions too frequently by keeping them longer and repairing them as needed is a first step to stop encouraging the throwaway culture. But what can really make a difference is turning to second-hand shops rather than shopping malls to give a second life to objects or clothes that still have many years left in them.

3. To avoid clogging up the rubbish dumps

In a world made of plastic, the time an object is used is infinitely smaller than the time it will spend in the rubbish dump. For some biodegradable materials, their fermentation in an oxygen-free environment such as landfills creates conditions conducive to the emission of methane, a gas with a warming power 25 times more powerful than CO₂. 

So taking your outdated items and clothes to a second hand shop is the least you can do to extend their life. For me, as someone who is trying to live a more minimalist life, thrift stores are one of the many places that allow me to declutter myself of items and clothes accumulated over my life that no longer serve me.

4. To donate to the poorest

This alternative way of buying has the advantage of donating to the less fortunate rather than to multinationals. In fact, by choosing to buy in second-hand shops, your money is no longer used to enrich multinationals, but rather to give to the next in line by reinjecting money into our communities. By doing so, you encourage local purchasing.

5. To find cheap treasures

On the fashion side, the industry makes sure that all years come back in trend sooner or later: one year it's the '80s, while another it's the '60s. If you really want to dress "fashionably", you can do so by going to thrift stores, as you will find clothes from all decades. You will also have the advantage of finding unique items and avoid having the same jumper as your friend. 

Thrift stores in San Diego are not only full of clothes. You can also find furniture, kitchenware, books, sports equipment, etc. In short, you can find everything you need for your daily life, in a unique version and, let's not forget, without having to pay a fortune like in the big shops.