My roomie got a new job where she’s required to wear black or white tops with black bottoms. Since she realized her closet was lacking black (so very different than mine!) she asked me to go shopping with her at the local Goodwill. I’m always ready to expand my wardrobe on the cheap AND be good to the environment by reusing/recycling AND support community causes, so I eagerly said yes.
In the past, I’ve had no qualms about buying clothes from Goodwill/resale/consignment/etc that was from companies I boycotted. Somebody bought it the first time and their money went to the company, not mine, right? Mine was doing good in the community, right?
Well, with my 2013 project going on, I decided to throw that line of thought out the window and stick with my key rule: only buy clothing with a “Made in USA” tag.
I accompanied my roommate to the Goodwill, not holding out much hope for finding a lot of “Made in USA” clothes. ”People will either cling to their ‘Made in the USA’ clothes or they don’t buy it in the first place so how can they donate it?” was my thought process.
Surprisingly, just in the black tops section, I found a lot of clothing with a “Made in USA” tag. Brands found were:
- Duo Maternity
- Tammy Mars
- Western Connection
- O&E Odds and Ends
- SL Fashions
- Carolee Little
- American Citywear
- Say What?
I was rather impressed that I still had a good selection of “Made in USA” black tops with cute and fashionable details, in good condition at the Goodwill. I ended up buying the Fleurish sweater top pictured above.
We also looked at the dresses and only one brand made the list: Danny and Nicole New York. The tricky bit? It was only Danny and Nicole New York. There was a Danny and Nicole dress made in Macau. I guess putting “New York” in the name signifies it was actually made in New York.
Closer To Local made a point on an earlier post of mine: what about “Made in USA of Imported Fabrics” or “Made Overseas of USA Fabrics?” I did see such a tag. I’m thinking I’ll stick to just “Made in USA” tags. I need to try to keep my rules simple, or I’m never going to succeed at this. Start with a small challenge, you know?