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Save the Planet – Shop (and Sell) at Consignment

If these shops are closed because of Covid-19 you can bookmark their websites and look forward to a future visit.

In addition to the thrill of finding a treasure at a resale shop (my cousin Natalie found new Burberry coats in a basement thrift shop) when we buy and sell at resale or consignment we’re also doing good. The New York Times reports fashion accounts for 8% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions – yikes! Most new clothing gets incinerated or thrown away within a year. It takes 2,000 gallons of water ! to make one pair of jeans. Here are a few consignment shops in the greater Boston area:

40 South St. (formerly called Gumshoe) – this shop buys and sells clothes, accessories and gifts focused on the 1960s, 70s and 80s. 40 South Street, Jamaica Plain, 617.522.5066 www.fortysouthst.com

Castanet – buys and sells designer clothing and accessories. The Best of Boston winner for consignment in 2018. 175 Newbury St., Boston, 617.536.1919 www.shopcastanet.com

Covet – upscale consignment for clothes and accessories. 391 W Broadway, South Boston, 617.268.1100; and 109 Charles Street, Boston, 617.530.1111 www.covetboston.com

Buffalo Exchange – this family-run national business prides itself on offering great clothes and empowering its employees, especially women. 180 Harvard Street, Allston, 617.779.7901; and 238 Elm Street, Somerville, 617.629.5383 www.buffaloexchange.com

And if you’re unable to get out and about, there are online consignment/resale shops too. Prominent ones include…

www.therealreal.com – for luxury/designer goods

www.poshmark.com – for clothes, shoes and accessories

www.thredup.com – for clothes, shoes and accessories

Do you have a favorite consignment and/or resale shop? Let us know!

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