#Thrifting: The Real Shabby Chic
The 20/80 concept is something that has been touted about across several disciplines. With clothes, these archetypal figures hold their significance as well. Most of us rotate 20% of our wardrobe 80% of the time.
This means you most likely have an excess of clothing you can free yourself of. Energetically, freeing yourself of excess always adds a breath of freshness. That high we all get from clearing out our closet, garage, pantry or car comes from a significant place. It’s not our type A-ness, it’s our energy.
All things are energy. It cannot be created or destroyed, but it can be alchemized. Clothes, like anything else, harness energy. The clothes we wear are a reflection of that. Clearing out our wardrobe or wearing old pieces that have sat collecting stale energy open us up to new verve by transforming that to active energy. I think this is the same science behind people complimenting you on an older piece of clothing you decided to wear one random day. They may be responding to that newly produced energy that was not there before. It’s truly transformative and can be applied to other areas in your life.
Paulo Coelho explored this concept in his novel Brida. This excerpt below highlights the importance to keep all things in our lives in motion:
“Everything that contains energy should be in constant movement,” Wicca explained. “The clothes you bought are a part of you, and they represent those special times when you left the house wanting to splash out a little because you were happy with the world, times when you’d been hurt and wanted to make yourself feel better or times when you thought you should change your life.”
“Get rid of any clothes that were not intended for you,” Wicca went on. “And wear all others. It’s important to keep the soil turned, the waves crashing, and all your emotions in movement. The whole universe is moving all the time, and we must do likewise.”
We here at The Emerald Journal are big fans of continuing the circle of a product’s life. Below are a few of our favorite local thrift and consignment spots to give, sell and purchase new snazzy pieces that will keep your life force flowing!
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