I know I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating - I love clothes and shopping for clothes! I also like knowing a bit about the brands of clothing I see in the shops. A clothing “brand” is more than just the basic facts about the company that created the clothing or puts its name on the label (like where it began, how large it is, and so on). A brand includes the decisions a company makes about which groups of customers to focus on, how the company presents and prices a particular set of products to encourage customers to buy them, and what customers generally think of them. I like to discover information about the company’s values, mission, and community involvement, if I can. I have done some online research on most of the brands I wear and a few others, and I think it has helped me make informed decisions about which brands I want to support. It is also just very interesting to me.
In this blog post, I am sharing what I have learned about 5 clothing brands that are frequently donated to the ECA thrift shop. All of the information I am sharing about these brands came from Wikipedia. I have also included a link to the various company websites, so that you can easily learn more if you want to. I hope you enjoy learning these little snippets.
Hope you’ve enjoyed diving into clothing brands. There is so much to learn online! Of course, we can’t believe everything we read…but that’s another subject.
Wow, can you believe February is already here?! And that means the groundhog will soon predict whether we’ll be enjoying six more weeks of winter or an early spring. Personally, I’m hoping for the spring prediction. If spring is in our future, here are a few tips to getting your wardrobe spring ready.
Try everything on-
I’m more than guilty of holding onto items because I love the colors or design, but if it is ill-fitting, damaged, or seasonal consider removing it from your wardrobe. In all reality, it’s probably just taking up space anyways. Ill-fitting and seasonal items also make for great donations.
Get rid of the old stuff-
If you’re like me, you probably don’t know what’s in the back of your closet or wear 100% of the items you have in it. To really find out what you do and don’t wear, turn your hangers backwards. Once you wear an item, flip the hanger back. This is an easy way to see what items you wear every day and what items could be donated or stored from your closet.
Rethink your storage options-
Like most people in the PNW, my closet is way too small for all the things I try to stuff in there. To make the most out of the space you have, find a storage system that works best for you. If your closet changes with the seasons, consider storing seasonal items like bath suits, cover ups, heavy jackets, and sweaters in tubs or bins and pull them out as needed. Shoe racks or door hangers are another way to easily review your footwear and keep it from cluttering your closet floor. Hat racks and scarf hangers also provide easy storage for bulkier items.
Reward your hard work-
Finally, once you’ve put in all this effort, make sure to reward yourself for a job well done. So while you’ve just purged your closet, that doesn’t mean you can’t add a few new staple pieces, such as a blazer or boots back into the mix. And if new clothes aren’t your thing treat yourself to a little something special like a spa appointment, some chocolate, or an afternoon doing something you enjoy.
Guest blog written by social media volunteer Melissa.
Susan is a frequent volunteer at Eastside Community Aid Thrift Shop, where she sorts, prices, and stocks merchandise to her heart's content. Before retirement, she owned and operated a consignment shop for women's plus size clothing in Seattle. Through trial and error and talking with customers, she learned a thing or two. An avid "thrift shopper," Susan loves to buy clothing, especially when she gets good quality and value for her money.
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