Why is consignment so important?

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We all love fashion. We all love finding the ultimate outfit that makes us feel great. So why do we sometimes feel guilty about buying that ‘must-have’ pair of jeans.

Because that pair of jeans has a “long and complex global supply chain, which mainly consists of cotton farming, pesticides, polyester fiber manufacturing, dyeing, printing and bleaching.”

Yes, the fashion industry contributes to world pollution from the manufacturing to the disposal. According to the EPA, 13.1 million tons of textiles are trashed each year in the U.S.A., of which only 15 percent are donated or recycled.

In an article by Craig and Marc Kielburger they state that “In North America, consumers are buying — and getting rid of — five times as much clothing as we did 25 years ago. A staggering 85 per cent of our collective apparel ends up in a landfill — that’s over 10.5 million tons of clothing. In a single year, Canada produces enough textile waste — clothing and other goods like upholstery — to create a mountain three times the size of Toronto’s Rogers Centre stadium.

So what can we do about this? How can we do our share to help the planet? Shop at, donate to and spread the word about consignment stores, especially Thrifty Princess Consignment Boutique. Shopping at a consignment store increases the life span of an article of clothing and lengthens the time line of the possible landfill disposal of it.

Consignment shopping is environmentally friendly, easier on your budget and the thrill of the “treasure seeking” is addictive.

Thrifty Princess wants to become one of your go-to fashion shopping locations. You can have beautiful clothing in your closet and feel good about it. Repeat after us ““treat yourself like royalty, treat the planet with respect”.

Jennifer Jensen