In Sunday's column on secondhand shopping, we talked about the rise of thrift-store clothes-buying by eco-conscious and budget-minded consumers.
Here are some additional tips and suggestions from readers:
Alice Gruber, an east Sacramento retiree, likes shopping at charity-backed stores whose causes she supports, such as the Salvation Army store on 16th Street or the SPCA thrift store on E street in downtown Sacramento.
Just this week, she bought two pair of cotton pants and four shirts, including a bright-orange San Francisco Giants T-shirt. All for $7.50. She's never paid more than $6 for a pair of dress pants and this summer's swimsuit was only $5.
She also buys luggage and travel totes that she uses on vacations. Some folks, she notes, buy only used clothes for vacations, then donate or discard them before heading home.
Alison Merrilees, a Capitol staffer who was featured in Sunday's story, says secondhand shopping is a great way to buy high-fashion at ultra-low prices, without using up any ecological resources. Here's a look at one of her secondhand ensembles:
Another reader recommends being extra-cautious about cleanliness when buying used clothing. Holly, who didn't want her last name used, she said always puts puts a liquid disinfectant in with her laundry soap when washing any of her garage sale or thrift-store finds. It's not just clothes at secondhand shops.
Gruber, who said her all-time favorite thrift store is the SPCA shop in Reno, says she also buys household goods, such as vintage flower pots and craft supplies, such as high-quality knitting wools, beads and sewing trims. And whenever she heads out on a thrift-store excursion, she always scours her own house for clothes and items to take with her and donate. "I go into the store with a bag and go home with one."