Whether you’re passionate about the environment, want to fight capitalism, are looking for unique outfits, or just trying to save some money, thrift shopping is the best thing you can do.
Did you know that Americans only wear an item of clothing 7 times on average before throwing it away? In addition, they throw away between 30 and 40 kilograms of clothes every year. That’s a lot of clothes that end up in landfills and most of them are made of synthetic fibers and don’t biodegrade, therefore polluting and harming the environment with microplastics.
And just in case you don’t know, clothing production uses a lot of resources and the fashion industry is actually one of the biggest contributors to the world’s pollution.
Being frugal can really have an impact on the environment because by buying less, you create less waste, plus you give a used garment a new lease of life, ensuring it doesn’t end up in landfill. But if you want to take frugality to a whole new level, you need to see what this mother of three is up to.
Sarah Tiau first thought of thrifting as a way to save some money on children’s clothes. Children grow so fast and need so many clothes, and they don’t come cheap.
It’s not easy to find nice children’s clothes when you buy secondhand, but Sarah has come up with a very good solution. She just buys clothes for adults that she knows she can turn into cute clothes for her child.
She is by no means a professional seamstress, she just uses the skills she learned in home economics class at school. She says it’s all about small changes at first. How to make things shorter or cinch in the waist.
But since then, she has become very passionate about her “Look Good, Feel Good, Do Good” life philosophy and has taken several sewing classes to improve her skills and learn how to sew intricate patterns.
However, most of the clothes she sewed have garnered her nearly 300,000 followers Instagram it’s just basic sewing skills and a little creativity. Sarah says that when she looks for clothes at a thrift store, she pays attention to the fabric and the pattern. Once she sees something that catches her eye, it usually doesn’t take her more than a minute to touch it and spin it to see how the fabric moves to see what she can make of this thrifty item.
She looks at the elements she’d like to keep or those she’d like to remove from an expensive garment, envisions the finished product in her head, and then it’s just a process of making it a reality.
How Sarah manages to be a blogger, fashion designer, seamstress, and mother of three, we’ll never know. She must have superpowers. But she has no intention of stopping. Sarah has a YouTube channel and has a “Come Shop With Me” series where she promotes the idea of thrifting and making your own clothes.
In the series, she goes to a thrift store and picks out a few items that catch her eye and shares the ideas she has for them. Her audience then votes on which idea they like best, and she films the process of transforming her expensive purchases into reworked and improved clothes.
She has made quite a few dresses and jumpsuits for herself and her children out of oversized shirts and pants she has found second hand. But we can’t wait to see what else she has in store for us, as it seems that with every recycled item of clothing, she gets better and more creative with her redesign.