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3 ways to celebrate Secondhand September -- especially in a global pandemic

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.

  1. 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.


  1. 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.

  1. Sign our plastic bag ban petition.

 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.

Sell Clothes in Omaha and Make More Money with These Tips

Sell Clothes in Omaha and Make More Money with These Tips

If you're like me, you regularly cycle through your wardrobe. You love seeing how much money you can make on your used clothes. As the best place to sell clothes in Omaha Nebraska we've got the insider info to help prepare you as a seller so you can achieve success by making the most money on your used clothes and accessories.

Know the Brand

It's really important to understand who you're wanting to sell to. Whether it's Scout: Dry Goods and Trade (or a similar store anywhere else) you have to market to them. Get to know the store you're interested in selling to before you bring your items in. Follow their social media activity and get a feel for what they sell and who their customers are. Ultimately, their customers are the ones you are looking to sell to. The store's buyers know what their clientele are looking for and they know what sells and what doesn't sell in their store. If you can see your items in their store, then you have a good chance of selling. Scout is one of the best places to sell used clothes in Omaha because people love buying from them so they have a higher-turn-over then some of the other buy-sell-trade shops. 

Think Like a Consumer

I know you have old clothes with some worn-out pockets and some barely noticeable holes in them, right? You may not be too keen to overly scrutinize the clothes you are looking to sell, but it will help you immensely to stop and think like a customer. Ask yourself "Would I buy these clothes in the condition they're in?" If the answer is "no", you should leave them behind. It's no good to the buyer when there are unwanted items thrown in with the more desirable items. If you do your best to be selective at the start, you will have more success at your local buy-sell-trade store. 

Come as You Are

You may think that if you dress differently when you come in to sell to us that you'll have a better chance of making a deal or getting more money, but that's unnecessary. Good buy-sell-trade stores like Scout: Dry Goods and Trade will pay you fairly despite how you look or what you wear! You don't have to be clever or have a fancy sales pitch either to sell clothes in Omaha or anywhere else. Let the products speak for themselves. If you have well-constructed garments and designer brands that look new, you will be compensated. 

Don't Give Up

Selling your items at a buy-sell-trade store is all about matching your inventory (your used clothes) with the store's shoppers. It's a matchmaking game. Please, don't take it hard (and definitely try not to take it personally!) if you can't make a deal, it just means that there wasn't a match. Never be afraid to come back and try again. Learn from the store's buyers what they're looking for and keep them in mind when you come across a match. The important thing is to never stop trying and not to take rejection too hard if it doesn't work out. Think of it as a date, or like setting your clothes up on a blind date.;)


We hope these tips helped! Be sure to come see us at our store in Dundee! We are where to sell used clothing in Omaha Ne. Our shop is at 5018 Underwood Ave, Omaha NE 68132. We'd love to see you! 

Yours in sustainable living, 

xo, The Scout Team

What's the Difference Between Consignment Stores and Buy-Sell-Trade Stores?

Consignment Stores VS Buy-Sell-Trade: Pros and Cons

One way to save money and make money is through specialized stores that offer discounted prices on merchandise, or ones that will actually pay you for your items. While thrift stores are cheap and while they get most of their merchandise from donations that means nothing is "curated". So you end up spending your time sorting through a lot of unsavory items to see if you can find any gems. When you want to make money on your used clothes, thrift stores will be able to give you a tax receipt for your donation but that's not cash money.

We know you want to talk about how to make money on your used clothes so let's get into it! 

If you're looking to make a profit off some things you own, there are a couple of different options to pursue. You could try a buy-sell-trade store (like Scout: Dry Goods and Trade), or take a crack at a consignment store.

While they are often confused for one another, these two kinds of stores are not the same thing and there are benefits and drawbacks to both. To help you decide who you want to do business with to sell your used clothes and used merchandise to, this post will help you learn about the difference between consignment stores and buy-sell-trade stores.

Buy-Sell-Trade Stores

Typically when you think of selling your used clothes, you probably picture a buy-sell-trade establishment. These are places where you can take in your used clothes and used accessories (that are in great shape) and they will buy them from you at an agreed price.

Below are all the parts of the buy-sell-trade business model. 

Buy: You can buy expertly-curated vintage, new, and used clothes and accessories at a significant discount from traditional and online stores.  

Sell: You can sell your used clothes and used accessories to the store and they will give you cash on the spot! (It's a great way to make extra money fast!)

Trade: This is a great way to get new-to-you clothes and accessories without spending even a fraction of what you would at traditional retail stores. In this case you bring in your used clothes and accessories, the store will tell you how much you can get in store credit (an amount that is higher than the cash amount you could get) you then get to go shopping! You could essentially trade out your whole wardrobe for pennies!  

Buy-sell-trade stores are absolutely the most convenient and fastest way to get quick money by selling them your used clothes and used accessories and they allow you to save time by finding all the cute used and vintage clothes for you! 

Pros: Instant money, less clutter, can trade in your used clothes for a new wardrobe. Another Pro is that you're able to get rid of whatever it is you are looking to sell, regardless of whether the store accepts it. In most cases buy-sell-trade shops will donate the items they don't accept (and that you no longer want) to people in need saving you the trouble of hauling the items back home.

Cons: They will only accept used items that are on-trend and in great shape. 

Consignment Shops

Consignment is a completely different business model. When you sell an item on consignment the shop essentially becomes a broker for your used items. That means that you don't get anything until the item sells. If the item(s) do sell the store takes a percentage of the sale. How big of a percentage you each get depends on the store and your agreement. Just as with a buy-sell-trade stores, you can negotiate, but since the store is running a business you can expect to get more if the shop does not have to invest its own money. When you sell on consignment, it's free inventory for them but they still have the overhead of keeping the shop open along with paying the staff like buy-sell-trade stores also do. While you might get more money through a consignment shop, you have to wait for any money you might make because it all depends on IF your item(s) sells so you could wait weeks or months for the item(s) to sell and you could wind up with nothing. There is absolutely no guarantee or getting money in your hands! 

Pros: Potentially more money

Cons: Payment is deferred and is not a guaranteed


There is no right or wrong way to part with your belongings for cash, the important thing is to understand how each business works and which system is best for you. Have you had any luck selling on consignment, or getting quick cash at a buy-sell-trade store? Share your experience below in the comments! 


The 10 Best Thrift Stores in Nebraska

The 10 Best Thrift Stores in Nebraska

Thrift Stores, like the items they sell, are often a mixed bag. Lots of them are not the kind of place you would ever shop unless you need something for very cheap. But there are also terrific stores with dedicated staff and owners who are passionate about their community and take pride in what they do. Nebraska thrift stores are some of the best places for vintage clothes, home furnishings and anything in between.

This is our top ten list of the most beloved and rewarding thrift stores in the Cornhusker State.

(*Please note: the thrift shops are listed in no particular order.)

Habitat For Humanity Restore

Not your typical thrift store but ideal if you are doing some work on your home on the cheap. Restore is terrific for finding furniture, cabinetry and raw materials for restoration projects. This location is in Grand Island and is among the highest customer-rated Nebraska thrift stores.

Pieceful Dreams Company Consignment Store

Located on Central Avenue in Nebraska City, Pieceful Dreams is a top-rated consignment store within the community, noted for its upkeep and ever-changing window displays. The store specializes in vintage and antique merchandise as well as modern decor.

Crossroads Thrift Store

Crossroads is a community favorite in Hastings. They have a friendly staff and low priced discount items. all of the proceeds from the store go to the homeless. They also accept donations and offer coupons to save even more.

Play it Again Sam Thrift Store

This Sydney store has a playful tone in its celebration of reuse. Of all the thrift joints in all Nebraska... Play it Again Sam is celebrated for friendly staff and low prices and very highly praised among Nebraska thrift stores.

Kearney Jubilee Center Thrift Store and Food Pantry

This Kearney thrift store takes its inspiration from the Jewish day of restoration and equality and focuses on social justice programs that emphasize aid to the poor and oppressed.

Mission Avenue Thrift

Mission Avenue Thrift is another Crossroads Store. It's also a highly rated store in Nebraska. It's the second of three locations and is highly focused on community outreach.

Scout: Dry Goods and Trade

For those in and around the Omaha area, Scout is the go-to place for great vintage merchandise. The prices are fantastic and there is a lot of great character and atmosphere to the place which makes it more fun to shop in. They also have an active Facebook page with frequent and fun promotions like Fil-A-Bag events! 

St. Teresa Thrift Shop

This small but diverse thrift shop in Lincoln is affiliated with St. Teresa Catholic Church. patrons of the store appreciate the cleanliness and care to the displays as well as an assortment of options and good pricing.

Tip Top Thrift Shop

This vintage store in Omaha is small but full of treasures. The place has a lot of character and is a nice place to peruse when you are on the hunt or something unique with affordable pricing. It's a definite stop to include in a day of shopping Nebraska thrift stores.

St. Louise Gift and Thrift Store

This Lincoln-based store is also a Catholic church-based community outreach store. Customers praise the pricing and variety as well as the selection of home furnishings.


We'd love to hear, did your favorite Nebraska thrift store make it on the list? Tell us in the comments! 

Local Clothing Shops

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Why You Should Shop Local

1. Protect Local Character and Prosperity 
Omaha is unlike any other city in the world. By choosing to support locally-owned businesses, you help maintain Omaha’s' diversity and distinctive flavor. 
2. Community Well-Being 
Locally owned businesses build strong neighborhoods by sustaining communities,
linking neighbors, and by contributing more to local causes. 
3. Local Decision-Making 
Local ownership means that important decisions are made locally by people who 
live in the community and who will feel the impact of those decisions. 
4. Keeping Dollars in the Local Economy 
Your dollars spent in locally-owned businesses have three times the impact on your community as dollars spent at national chains. When shopping locally, you simultaneously create jobs, fund more city services through sales tax, invest in neighborhood improvement and promote community development. 
5. Job and Wages 
Locally owned businesses create more jobs locally and, in some sectors, provide better wages and benefits than chains do. 
6. Entrepreneurship 
Entrepreneurship fuels America's economic innovation and prosperity, and serves as a key means for families to move out of low-wage jobs and into the middle class. 
7. Public Benefits and Costs 
Local stores in town centers require comparatively little infrastructure and make more efficient use of public service relative to big box stores and strip shopping malls. 
8. Environmental Sustainability 
Local stores help to sustain vibrant, compact, walk-able town centers-which in turn are essential to reducing sprawl, automobile use, habitat loss, and air and water pollution. 
9. Competition 
A marketplace of tens of thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation. 
10. Product Diversity 
A multitude of small businesses, each selecting products based, not on a national sales plan, but on their own interests and the needs of their local customers, guarantees a much broader range of product choices.

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We're pumped that you're interested in reading our blog! 

We'll be updating it soon with all things related to sustainable living, shopping in Omaha, clothing stores in Omaha, how to reduce your impact on the environment, and how to help our earth!

In the meantime, come see us at our store in Dundee! We are where to sell used clothing in Omaha Ne. Come on by our shop at 5018 Underwood Ave, Omaha NE 68132 (in the Dundee neighborhood.) We'd love to see you! 

Yours in sustainable living, 

xo, The Scout Team