When Thrifting Backfires

 
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It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of thrifting clothes (buying and selling), but sometimes the process doesn't go as planned. I recently spent an entire weekend sifting through my shameful plethora of unwanted clothes, crammed into my tiny Brooklyn closet, in order to (hopefully) make some money thrifting what I could and donating the rest.

Want to know how much I made from Beacon's Closet – my local Bushwick, Brooklyn thrift shop – which I was SURE would be a gold mine? -$25... Yup, you read that right, NEGATIVE twenty-five dollars...my plan totally backfired on me and I spent money at the thrift store.

The feeling of being handed back my giant Ikea blue bag of previously cherished clothing from the cashier can only be described as one word, rejection. Thoughts of middle school embarrassment rushed back to me. Wandering around the lunchroom, brace-faced with nowhere to sit. The cool kids giggling in the corner. When I snapped back to reality, I realized, I've come a LONG way since then. I then reminded myself, who cares what these people think? We have to learn from our mistakes to better our chances next time. 

I accepted the fact that thrifting is a lot harder than being a thrifter (my kind of hunting and gathering). It's a matter of opinion, surrendering your clothes to another's judgment and being prepared for the potential let down. However; I now know that there are ways of increasing your luck. This includes:

  • Familiarity: Frequenting the same store...never hurts to make some insider friends
  • Quantity: Bringing fewer clothes (without the Ikea bag) 
  • Timing: Presenting seasonal selections (no crop tops in winter) 
  • Trial & Error: Hitting many different spots to up your chances (and be patient) 
  • Research: Look at the brands and styles in the store and align yours with this

On the bright side of this unfortunate day, I ended up with this awesome Rebecca Minkoff, plaid pea coat, a new favorite in my wardrobe! Time to do some more research in my favorite shops. 

XOXO Alex 

Photography: Nat Belkov

 
 
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From Wading to Waiting

 

It’s crazy to think that less than a week ago, I was wading through the calm Jupiter inlet water, paddleboarding with the family, escaping from a Labor Day bbq to shoot by the shore. Now, Hurricane Irma is headed straight towards my Jupiter oasis while I wait in nervous anticipation, hoping my friends and family will be safe. 

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It’s times like these when I’m filled with sadness for the terrible effects that global warming is having on our environment...From Hurricane Harvey, to Irma, the most powerful Hurricane on record in the Atlantic, the effects are fatal. Due to Global Warming, the sudden heat trapped in the atmosphere from the burning of coal, oil and gas has warmed the atmosphere to record levels.

This has caused sea levels to rise due to the melting polar ice caps (every time I say this, I can’t help but think of the poor polar bears), directly accelerating hurricane storm surges. Enlighten yourself further by reading THIS recent article by the Washington Post.  

How far must this go until people start admitting that we’ve done this to ourselves? It’s devastating to think that a specific world leader is regressing clean energy initiatives set forth by the Obama administration.

I’m a huge believer that greenhouse gas emissions will lead to our ultimate destruction until we take action now. In a time when the EPA chief doesn’t believe carbon dioxide emissions lead to climate change, it’s a scary reality that we are facing now more than ever before.  

As I look back on wading through the calm Jupiter last week, I pray that serenity will return to the ocean and to those who have been and will be affected by the recent storms wreaking havoc on our planet.

XOXO Alex

Photography: @olenasphotography

Top: LF

Shorts: Vibrant MIU

Sandels: Miz Mooz 

 

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