I've been following Elizabeth's blog for a while and I admire her will to change her ways in doing things, particularly in buying clothes and produce. I can't do much with produce since I'm living on a real tight budget but I can still be conscious about the clothes I wear. One of my favourite options to shop for clothes is thrifting. The best part about thrifting in the modern age is that it's not limited to on location/in store thrifting anymore. There are online options as well. The obvious one being Ebay. There are also regional options. As for Germany, there is Kleider Kreisel, which is like a huge circle of people selling items they're not wearing anymore to anyone who wants/needs them. Aside from that, there is also the option of swapping with people. I just found out there are other variations of this kind for other european countries as well, like Slovakia.
Sometimes items in websites like these don't match my style and all and I find myself getting frustrated more often than happy to find new items. If that's the case, sometimes I just go from blog to blog that I follow and see if they have a shop-my-closet shop. Some of my favourite bloggers' shops are that from Elizabeth, Tieka (actually bought something already here) and Bonnie. I have also purchased items from Lauren and Breanne. The best part about purchasing an item from a blogger is that you have seen the way(s) the blogger has styled the item. It can be an inspiration for when you're quite stumped on how to wear your newly purchased item. I myself have a shop-my-closet shop and you guys can check it out here (for German readers) or here (for International readers). If an item interests you, just contact me and we can discuss the payment, shipping, etc.
Aside from that, I also loooove leafing through Etsy. Personally, I love Etsy all the way, not just the clothes but also the crafts and accessories. For vintage goodness, though, you just can't go wrong with Etsy. Okay, the independent-label items are a little pricey - or, if you're a student like me, VERY pricey - but the vintage items are usually totally affordable. Though, actually, I would still love to support these independent artists/designers in pursuing their dreams. Some of my favourite shops are Flapper Girl - who just has the best selection of lady neckties -, Teja Jamilla - with the most unique and adorable tights - and Flattery. I also love the vintage-filled shops, such as Sally Jane Vintage and Newman Hall. There is no other way to find these stores than to just leaf through everything. I usually just start by searching for something random and finding gems in the process.
Of course, the traditional option is still open. When you feel like the shipping is too much and you'd rather be able to try the clothes out first and have it in your hand after the purchase, there's always the option of going to your local thrift stores. Personally, I like that option much better, granted I had plenty of time. But when I'm all cooped up in my room, online shopping is just...addictive. Anyway, here are some tips Elizabeth and Elsie had to share on thrifting. Aside from thrift stores, you can also go to your local flea markets - which I actually recommend. I don't know anywhere else but, out here, items in flea markets tend to cost even less than thrift stores. Although, flea markets normally don't happen everyday. Every week at the very least. But even then, there's no guarantee.
I hope you will start shopping with a cause in mind. It doesn't happen at the snap of a finger, of course, but you will gradually get there. I'm trying to now, too. So far, I've been doing quite well. Also, it might help if you sign up for this manifesto. Be the change you want to see in the world, right? Start with yourself and, surely, the world will follow.