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#1 of 17 Old 08-27-2010, 01:32 AM - Thread Starter
 
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It's been a while since I've shopped for clothes for myself. While I would love to support the independent businesses who sell beautiful, natural, organic clothing, it is so not in my budget (I totally get why independent businesses cost what they do). Making my own clothes is so not in my time budget, lol. So, I am looking for ideas for some budget-friendly, but also socially conscious clothing stores. Do they exist?? I noticed that MDC had an ad for JC Penney, but from what I hear, their reputation is not too great (I was a little surprised to see it here on MDC actually). I've heard H & M is ok but I really don't have any facts behind that.

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Thrift stores. Its basically recycled clothing, so is very environmentally friendly. I don't know about their labor or manufacturing practices, but H&M does sell some organic cotton stuff for pretty cheap. Americal Apprel is also a good choice as they have fair, non-import labor and also have organic options. There are outlets for AA.
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american apparel is fair trade and fairly affordable. not much is organic, but the clothing lasts me a good long while for the price.
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Thirft all the way. I know end of season bargins are good at Kohls,Macy,JCpen but I don't shop there.Shoot I hesitate buying a new shirt(price tag still on!) at the thirft if it is $3,lol.Our thirft has 50 cent mondays,and boy do people load their carts on that day! Unfortunately some stores are starting to get greedy and raising the prices on donated used clothing.
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I am trying to shop for quality, so I buy the majority of stuff at Banana Republic. The items I've bought there have lasted me the longest, and the fit is also good for me.
I do watch for sales and coupons, and work to combine those whenever possible.
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Thrift stores and consignment stores (more so the latter) have a lot of nice pieces, though they'll likely be manufactured in a sweatshop (Gap, Banana Republic, Chico's, etc). As for socially conscious, obviously sweatshops are not, but thrift stores do donate their profits, so I guess it works out.

I second American Apparel but their clothing is not really professional, just super casual, if that's what you're looking for.

Also Ebay is pretty good if you know your sizes and are willing to go through the ordeal of bidding.

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american apparel is fair trade and fairly affordable. not much is organic, but the clothing lasts me a good long while for the price.
This may or may not be relevant, but I have major problems with AA's hiring policies. They are very biased on who they hire and promote based only on looks

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Thrifty and consignment here! Love it. I am one who seems to always get the new clothes I wear stained I swear before I even wear them. So... paying less and finding treasures is much better for me!

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Goodwill or other thrift stores pretty much exclusively. I'll go to consignment stores for the girls, but I don't seem to really wander into them very often for me.

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I buy all my clothing from thrift stores too. I was in the mall today and saw a men's T shirt in Dillard's for $72!! I had to double check it. I love shopping at thrift stores. It's great to create a list though, so you know what you need.

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We have a few really good consigment stores where I live.

Also, we live very close to a Hanna Andersson outlet, and I shop when they have super markdowns. I find the quality there very good and they sell organic clothing, too. I don't know much about their business practices, so if anyone does, I'd love to hear it!
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check out Fair Indigo. It has lots of fairly traded and organic clothing items. They are expensive, but they have sales and clearance.
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I try thrift and consignment but my boys are NOT the right ages or something because I get almost zero time to actually find anything there --- they're both wild stallions.

So I do most of my shopping online while my boys run wild outside which means a lot of Old Navy for us. We have their card (pay it off immediately) and get tons of rewards certificates and such. I'm sure they aren't enviro friendly and would love to support that more too but it's not in our budget or time constraints at the moment.

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Thrift/consignment for everyone in my family. There are times when I'll buy something at Target, Old Navy or The Gap but only if it's on sale or on clearance.

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another thrifter here! most of my loveliest and favorite pieces have come from the thrift or the recycled clothing store. when i am looking for something a bit special, i looove soul flower.

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I like to shop thrift stores but I find I need a lot of time when I go there, as it takes a while to weed through everything. I have found some great stuff at our Goodwill though! Ours even has a special on Tuesdays where everything is an additional 25% off!

I do sometimes buy new Hanna stuff for DD, but only on sale.

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While I love thrifting, a lot of the ones near me haven't had anything of quality lately. Also, it seems like it's harder to find clothes secondhand for plus sized women sometimes. I love Coldwater Creek for their quality-their prices are high but they have great sales and outlet, and I just buy basics and stop there. I've had a few old navy items and have found their quality to be decent as well. I'll have to check out the independant places mentioned.
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