Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Announcement!! An Event with Good Style AND Good Karma

Even for people like me who try to live a more eco-friendly life like the world depended on it . . . well, it is sometimes difficult. Take the way I dress, for example. I often wish that I was totally comfortable dressing in Patagonia fleece made from recycled plastic bottles every day. Or that I enjoyed wearing the same clothes I had 10 years ago and never yearned for just a little bit of "the new thing" - like, something with a subtle little rosette (I know that this is last year's trend, but I still really like it), or a pretty dress, tie-dyed to perfection. I do. I really do. Instead, I fall asleep many nights wondering what color tights will go with the new dress and whether it will look good with my suede engineer boots . . . Sigh.

I have battled my urges several ways. First, whenever I want to buy something, I make sure that I don't have something that will work just as well already in my closet (esp. if I get my ass to the gym enough). I also try to save up my money to buy something that has a good cut and good styling - which is always a bit more expensive, but has a better chance of lasting through the seasons and a few pounds up or down. A good cut is key. Lastly, I hit the consignment stores! You would be amazed by the great things one can find on consignment in DC.

Which brings me to my little announcement. Johanna, writer of the well-read blog A Serious Job Is No Excuse and I are putting on a little consignment and cocktails event. We still have a few details to work out, including the date, location and what color cash register to rent, but what we do know is this:

  • The clothing at this event will be only the gentlest of gently-used professional, cocktail and formal clothing will be accepted (no periwinkle bridesmaid dresses, please!)
  • The only customers admitted to this event will be those who donate between 5-15 items
  • Pricing will be the responsibility of each individual donor
  • Major credit cards will be accepted
  • Shortly after the event, you will receive a check for the exact amount of money the sale of your clothing earned
  • You will have the choice of either reclaiming those items of clothing that aren't sold or donating them to a to-be-determined DC charity (this decision will need to be made at the time of your drop-off)
  • There will be a reasonable admission charge to cover costs, the excess of which will be donated to a to-be-determined DC charity
  • You will be welcomed to an event that is controlled in attendee size and chaos level -- no bargain bins, no makeup-stained messes, no food and oh yes, cordoned-off private areas with at least one full-length mirror in which you will be able to admire yourself before making a final decision
Before we choose a venue, we need to gauge the interest of our respective readerships. We want to know for just how many of you participation in an event like this is something that doesn't just interest you but will actually motivate you to stand in front of your closet, select the highest-quality items of clothing you no longer fit into/need/want, price these items, and drop them off on a pre-determined day at a pre-determined time.

Let us know by dropping us an email or leaving a comment! You can email me at: maria at righteousrestyle dot com.

But why is buying secondhand better for the environment, you ask? There are lots of good environmental reasons to buy secondhand. Buying clothing secondhand saves raw materials - like energy and water - that would have gone into making something new to buy. You can also feel good knowing that no additional herbicides and pesticides entered the environment for the sake of your date-night outfit and that your dress choice did not raise the cost of a barrel of oil or cause a war in another country (almost 50% of the textiles consumed in the US are made from synthetic fibers that are produced from oil). Lastly, extending the life of a garment keeps it out of the waste cycle just a little longer.


Marissa said...

Great idea, seriously. I'm hoping this helps DC defy its fashion image. One question though, is this event solely for women or can men bring in some of their stuff too? Although I'm not sure there's a large enough contingent of finely dressed men here to make it worthwhile...Anyway, just a thought.

Anonymous said...

How do we e-mail you? I tried to find an e-mail on your site but couldn't find it in all the places I've looked...

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