One of the most eye-opening and alarming facts I learned from watching “The True Cost” was about thrift stores. I already knew that some of the clothing that gets donated ends up somewhere other than on the racks, but I had no idea how much. Do you? Well, around 80% of donated clothing ends up going to textile recyclers because thrift stores receive FAR more clothing than they could ever house and sell. And although 55% of that 80% is recycled into industrial materials like insulation and pillow stuffing, 45% is exported to developing countries. The film pointed out that when this influx of clothing arrives – relatively new, sometimes trendy, and definitely affordable – it can cause local clothing makers to lose business. Or be driven out of business entirely. And the sheer amount that shows up is more than most communities can handle, so much of it ends up in landfills.
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… upfront payout consignment stores.
I’ve been consigning my clothes for many years now, and used to take ALL of my stuff to the Turn Style stores. I’d had decent luck, though the consignment model was a little frustrating: I brought in my items, buyers looked them over, took what they wanted, put them on the floor, and IF someone bought them I could collect my percentage two weeks later. If no one bought them, I could pick them up at the end of the season. Fair, certainly, but long and sometimes fruitless.