We had the good fortune of connecting with Sarah Sobol and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sarah, how does your business help the community?
Sustainable shopping has so many positive impacts, not only environmentally (by reducing landfill waste, carbon emissions, and water pollution), but it also lowers profits of companies engaging in unfair labor practices. My background in the fashion industry really opened my eyes to how these companies value profit over everything, including human rights. By curating a desirable selection of used clothing and other goods, we offer the community an alternative, sustainable way to shop.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As a teenager I developed a love for secondhand shopping. Although my adult life has led me through a variety of career paths, the hunt for used treasures has been a constant for me. I’m excited to lend my knowledge of textiles, love of art, and passion for travel to this business. Creating a collection of special items for reuse felt like a logical next step for me. The more I learn about the staggering waste created by modern commerce and unethical treatment of garment workers, the more passionate I am about this project.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
My first stop is brunch at the Bake Shack in Dania Beach, followed by some people watching on the Hollywood Beach Boardwalk. Then I would head into Miami for some shopping at Lotus House Thrift Boutique because they have amazing things AND the proceeds benefit the Lotus House Women’s Shelter. Check it out guys!! Next stop is Little Haiti where you can find small art galleries that champion an eclectic variety of excellent artists. Now on to 1-800-Lucky for a snack and some sake while the DJ spins old soul and reggae records on the patio. Hopefully we make it to Lido at The Standard South Beach in time to see the sunset, such a fantastic view of the Bay from there! Maybe some cocktails by the pool at The Freehand (to see what the hipsters are wearing) before heading back to Wynwood to dance our asses off at the secret bar in Coyo Taco. One last drink on the way home at Rhythm & Vine in Fort Lauderale. Tired yet?!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I have a deep respect for everyone in the vintage and secondhand reseller community. There is so much time and dedication going on behind the scenes, I think most people would be surprised at just how much work it takes. But the spirit and support among the community is a beautiful thing. Sellers who are motivated by the ethics of slow fashion as well as an appreciation for the beauty and craftsmanship that existed before fast fashion have always been a huge influence on me.
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