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Naomi Bloch





July 17, 2012

Potomac, Md

If you haven’t already heard about Green America (formerly Co-Op America), then I urge you to check them out.  I think you will see what a fantastic resource they are for serious green/sustainability news and actions.

Green America is a treasure trove of information about better ways to green up your buying habits, including an annual “Green Pages”, a phonebook-style national directory of deeply vetted businesses and services.  They are one of the most serious groups fighting for legislative solutions  in the halls of the U.S. Congress.

So often we hear how horrible this-or-that company is.  That dire message isn’t followed by a suggestion or two of the better, greener, and more sustainable option/company out there with an alternative, similar product.  Green America helps you with this “part two” that is so often lacking.

This month’s issue (July/August 2012) of the membership magazine focuses on Green Fashion. I got me thinking about thrifts shops.  While this article points out how clothing is produced and brought to market, they helpfully break it down into a “good”, “better”, and “best” rating.   Can you guess what the “best” option is?

Second-hand clothing!  Things do not have to be thrown out or made from scratch and travel the globe and back again. What could be greener, when you think about it?  Not to mention the fun of an amazing “find” at far less cost than if you went straight into a first-run retail shop or department store.

Thrift shops are usually locally owned, which means that there is likely to be someone there to ask questions of and interact with,  unlike many department store shopping experiences these days.  You will also be helping the local economy and, in many cases, a local non-profit all at the same time.  That is what I call a win/win/win!
My youngest daughter, Candice,  got into thrift store shopping when she was in college.   Recently, she insisted that we go shopping around here in Montgomery County.   I was somewhat hesitant, but really enjoyed it. To this day I get compliments on my best find; a woven purse that I picked up for $5.00!

Naomi’s new purse

I bought three pairs of jeans an an outing to another thrift shop.  I love them all.  I don’t think I spent more than $8.00 for any of them, including the grey DKNY pair that I adore.

Naomi’s DKNY jeans

I hope that my musings have gotten you excited about checking out some of our local thrift shops options for yourself. And even better, that you find some real gems, like I have, that will convince you to make a habit of checking out the thrift stores first.

I have provided several links on a wide range of shops below (something for everyone) that I hope will only be the beginning of your own adventure.

Lipstick Lounge, Gaithersburg, Md  (Kentlands)

Mustard Seed Shop, Bethesda, Md

Green Jeans, Gaithersburg, Md (Kentlands) for kids 0-12

The Growing Years, Kensington, Md for kids

Unique Thrift Stores various locations (where I bought my DKNY jeans)

The Roost  Gaithersburg, Md (low cost women’s clothing)

Graceful Transitions  (list of charitable shops)

Finally, check out the link below for creative and easy ways to revamp clothing items.  Being a child of the 60’s, this link brought back many memories!

Use for your old clothes (repairing and revamping clothes, etc.)

I would really love to hear about your amazing finds!












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