It’s no secret our business model is founded on the practice of sustainable fashion. According to Forbes, almost 70 million barrels of oil are used each year to make the world’s polyester fiber, which is now the most commonly used fiber in our clothing. But it takes more than 200 years to decompose. This excessive waste is killing our planet-- and it’s often inequitable for folks employed by fast fashion corporations, typically working in factories for less than a living wage. As a consumer, you have the power to change this cycle and do your part in the fight to end climate change.
Secondhand September is a way to encourage and celebrate buying vintage, sustainable and secondhand items! While shopping secondhand (like buying gently used, cute AF clothes at Scout) is a great way to save the planet, it’s also more affordable and accessible. We host a $1 sale every Sunday, as well as quarterly Fil-A-Bag events, giving you more bang for your buck, and honestly, making the Omaha fashion scene a bit more interesting.
If you’re new to shopping secondhand, or you’re looking to up your game, here are a couple tips to celebrate this season in style.
Get crafty with what you already have in your closet.
One of the biggest hot tips we’ve seen to surviving the COVID-19 quarantine is to practice a normal routine and get dressed every day. Many big box stores and chain retailers will use this time to sell you new, mass-produced clothes, inundating your inbox with hot deals and free two-day shipping. You don’t have to give in. After all, the most sustainable outfit is the one you already have.
If you’re hoping to get creative with your look at home, put together some different pieces than you normally would. Experiment with colors, accessories and layers. After all, you have no one to impress outside the comfort of your own home, er, or Zoom call, and if you fall in love with one of your creations, you’ve got a new outfit to parade around when you enter the world safely with your mask.
You can choose from endless options of creative styles from your own collection, but If you’re dying to treat yourself with something new, support local and grab a sustainable look. Our online Depop shop is open 24/7, and our store is open (masks required) every day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Clean out your closet.
While you’re snooping around your personal inventory for a cute #Scoutfit, you’re sure to find a couple of pieces you don’t wear very often. Use those viral organization methods (Hello, Marie Kondo’s Netflix series) to maximize your wardrobe and minimize your carbon footprint.
We support any donations you’re hoping to make, but we recommend you make an appointment with us to sell your clothes! When you sell or trade with Scout, you’re recycling your clothes back into the community—and making money! We’ll supply you with cash or store credit, and the local clothing life cycle continues.
Once you have some extra bucks in your back pocket, you can shop at lots of different price points, including our $5 rack, grab bags and our weekly $1 sale. We also carry lots of locally hand-made goods that are very hard to resist. Overall, it’s a win-win. You clean out your space, and we circulate your dope clothes back into our community. Imagine seeing a stranger stroll by in one of your most-loved skirts or tees-- that’s the circle of life, baby.
While textile production is a huge contributor to global climate change, things like single-use plastic bags and fuel omissions from shipping procedures are huge contributors, as well. Eliminating plastic bags from our environment is a simple and effective way to use your green thumb.
Although safety policies are now in place that prevent the use of reusable bags in many grocery stores and essential businesses, communicate to the powers that be that this issue is still important to you post-pandemic. We are proud to be a plastic-bag-free business in Dundee, one of the greenest areas in the city.
We want to do our part to ban single-use plastics, and we know you do, too. While we respect the choices of other business to practice certain policies out of an abundance of caution during COVID-19, we need to be prepared to continue our fight for a more sustainable future.
Our petition has reached over 10,000 signatures, and we’re confident you can get us to 15,000 by clicking the link above.
Share these tips with your friends and family, and follow along on our sustainable style journey via @scoutdrygoods on Instagram! Happy Secondhand September! And remember: real babes recycle.