Phyllis Theermann

Wellesley Green Schools’ parents found lots of treasures to share with their families this holiday season at Wellesley’s very own consignment shop, Shopper’s Corner.  The hidden gem is located around back and down a few stairs at the Schofield School. Find child and adult clothing and shoes, accessories including belts and purses, as well as sporting goods items such as skates and cleats.  The store is generally open 8:30am -12:15pm on Wednesdays and the first Saturday of each month from 9 AM – 11 AM during the school year, but check the Shopper’s Corner Facebook page for details on holiday hours, sales, and new arrivals.

Consignment shopping is far more affordable than new, offers unique items, and it lowers your carbon footprint!

Consider re-thinking the way you shop, one purchase at a time.

A Lot of energy goes into manufacturing new clothing; from transporting raw materials and producing them, to getting them to stores. A great deal of water is consumed to produce clothing, not to mention the amount of chemicals used to produce the cotton and dye the products. Buying pre-loved decreases landfill waste and helps reduce one of the most polluting industries in the world. Mass.Gov reports that in the Bay State alone, nearly a quarter-million tons of clothing, shoes & other textiles are throw away each year.  

Since 1954 Shopper’s Corner has been  generously organized by parent volunteers. Proceeds support the Schofield PTO. If you have items to donate, simply drop off bagged items at Shopper’s Corner.

Kelly Caiazzo

I did a lot of online shopping after my kids were born, and I admit there were some major perks. No lines, open twenty-four-seven, and no listening to my toddler scream to get out of the stroller so they could try to escape out from under the dressing room door.

You have access to more inventory, more price-comparisons, and you can try things on in the privacy of your own home.

But I’ve recently fallen back in love with in-person shopping.

I’M MORE LIKELY TO BUY CLOTHES I LOVE WHEN I SHOP IN PERSON

Being able to touch fabrics and try things on in the store means I’m more likely to buy items I love, not just clothes I like or that aren’t worth the hassle of returning. That means I’m more satisfied when I open my closet door to get dressed for the day or for an event, which means I’m less likely to go shopping again soon. (This is good because I would rather spend free time elsewhere.)

I DON’T HAVE TO BREAK DOWN BOXES AND THROW AWAY BAGS

I bring a large tote bag to carry around my purchases, and when I get home all that I have to throw away are the tags. (And yes, the paper part is recyclable.) Beyond the environmental impact of having items shipped to my house in plastic packaging (that Wellesley no longer recycles), it’s also less hassle.

SPEAKING OF HASSLE — I MAKE FEWER RETURNS

Because I’ve tried things on! How magical. I’m not being facetious, processing returns was my least favorite part of online shopping. Going home with only things that fit well and look good is amazing.

IT’S EASIER TO BUY IN OUTFITS

If I’m looking for shirts that will go with a specific pair of dress pants, I’ll wear those pants to the store. If I wonder how something would look with jeans, I can grab a pair in the store to try on with the item I might purchase. Buying with outfits in mind helps me build a functional wardrobe which helps me buy less overall, saving money and reducing my environmental impact at the same time.

IT’S A GOOD LESSON FOR THE KIDS

I usually don’t bring my 6 and 7 year old, but I try to sometimes, because I think it helps build their patience. (Ok, maybe mine too.) And I’m bringing them more and more to select their own clothing. I want them to have agency in choosing their own clothes so they can have smaller wardrobes filled just with clothes they love, too.

BUYING QUALITY SECOND HAND IS EASIEST IN PERSON

I’m not great at buying second-hand yet, but the best way to do that is in person where you can see a garment, inspect it for signs of wear, and make sure it fits. Buying vintage is one of the most environmental things you can do, but even if you’re not quite there yet, buying just clothes you love and wearing them for a long time can have a great impact on your clothes’ footprint!

Phyllis Theermann

Are you doing some spring cleaning and getting rid of unwanted items? The folks at UU Wellesley are gladly accepting donations of household items including clothes, jewelry, books, home furnishings, kitchen items, china, linens, sports gear, electronics, and toys. Drop off at UU Wellesley (309 Washington St.) on Sunday, March 18, 12:00 to 6:00 pm, or contact rummage@uuwellesley.org to make arrangements for drop-off at your convenience! Click here for more information. The Rummage Sale itself will be on Saturday, March 24, 8:30 am to 1:00 pm.

Proceeds from the rummage sale benefit the social justice work of the church.