Is shopping in Consignment or Thrift stores a way to save money while traveling?
How often would you estimate you shop used vs. shop new clothing?
I wear about 95% second hand clothing - either from eBay, charity shops, or swapping with friends. The only things I buy new are underwear, swimwear and shoes because they can all be quite hard to thrift.
How do you know when it’s time to move on from a piece of clothing?
Speaking of, How do you feel about the Marie Kondo method?
|"In my epic Marie Kondo clearout, I got rid of all but three of my books. I love reading but I don’t get any joy from owning the books, and I never really read something twice. So I just kept #GirlBoss, Mary Portas’ book, and a vintage book picture which features a dress I own. Not sure what that collection says about me!" - Louise Croft|
What are some ways that you get rid of clothes once you’re ready to move on from them?
I mostly track down a clothing donation bin or a second hand shop. Occasionally I'll give clothing to friends or locals if there isn't a second hand clothing infrastructure to donate to. For example, in Cuba I took only clothes and books etc that I wasn't going to bring home - and as we traveled around I slowly gave everything away to local people we met.
Are there any countries in particular that you had trouble buying used clothing?
Every country is different and I generally find "western" countries and European ones to have the best second hand infrastructure. I have managed to find second hand in Thailand, Estonia, Bulgaria, Australia, America, Holland, Chile, but I haven't found many options in Vietnam, Georgia, Ukraine, and strangely France!
How often do you hold swap parties on your travels?
How do you find used clothing stores while traveling?
What cities are great places to find fashion pieces? Would you be able to tell me top 5?
I've found so many wonderful things around the world! America is normally my favorite place to thrift because it's such a big part of the culture that there is tonnes of choice and great prices. I always come back with a massively overweight suitcase and lots of fabulous sequins. I also had lots of success in Brisbane (Australia) and of course England where is it such a high part of the high street. I also found a cool market in Tallinn and some really cool events in Holland.
Do you use a packing system like packing cubes of similar? How do you stay organized?
What size bag do you travel with?
I have a full sized suitcase weighing 22kg! Not very "nomadic" but I really enjoy having lots of cosmetics, a blender, and a varied wardrobe. I'm not a "one black tshirt that goes with everything" kind of girl.
Do you have any other tips or tricks for world shoppers?
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