Not sure if it was a slow news day or I underestimated the power of the internet but this whole thing got real wild, real quick.
With the mind-boggling number of responses, retweets and support from famous Irish celebrities and public figures-I am forever grateful. At this time, my tweet has been viewed 282,210 times, with over 2.5k likes/retweets (!!) I truly want to find the owner and for this story to have a happy ending. I have no leads so far.
While I have a *~ GLiMMeR ~* of spotlight, I do want to explain why I was in this charity shop where I found this dress to begin with. I was looking for a birthday outfit!! And I was onto my 4th charity shop of the day. Thrift shopping, buying secondhand clothing has become standard to me. One reason being that I actually dread running into someone who is wearing the same thing as me. I actually have anxiety even thinking about it.
But besides my personal reasons, I do want to resonate a topic that's always on my mind. The fashion industry is the second-leading cause of pollution in the world. The age of fast fashion and disposable clothing is here: cheap manufacturing overseas, mass producing of synthetic fabrics, pesticides in cotton farming, toxic chemical wastes from dyes etc.
I don't have a solution on how to end the problem. We're all guilty of it. Including myself. I think it'll only get worse. Learning about this while studying fashion in college, it made me second guess walking into a Forever 21 or Zara.
Buying used clothing is a small start. I know that it doesn't sound very glamorous but I promise when you find a good find, because you eventually will, you will be very pleased with yourself.
My vintage 'digging' has become a fixation. You should of seen how many thrift stores I dragged my dad into when we did our Northwest road trip. Or that the highlight of my Berlin trip last month was finding a suede skirt for 10 euro. I have become obsessive over fabric content, apparel construction, country in which the garment was made, and imagining what type of person owned it before me.
I am determined to find the owner of the locket, I hope that with reading this that maybe next time you need a new outfit, that you'll go to your local charity shop and find a garment that you're in love with. And check the pockets.
Dress from Oxfam on George’s Street
Sweater/Jumper from Tasty Threads (one of my favorite secondhand clothing stores in Dublin!!)
Boots- Shakuhachi (now out of business so LOL)
Sunglasses- Karen Walker
Read more about my story here:
Interview on-air with Jenny Greene-RTE FM 2