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Pre-Loved Podcast with Emily Stochl

Mar 4, 2024

Pre-Loved Podcast is a weekly vintage fashion interview show, with guests you’ll want to go thrifting with! For more Pre-Loved Podcast, subscribe to our Patreon!

On today’s show, we’re chatting with Melissa, you may know her online as Mel Wore It! Mel is a Toronto-based graphic designer and part time content creator, juggling her creative endeavors with the joys of motherhood. 

She loves thrifting and shopping secondhand, and she unpacks the joys and journeys of her sustainable living practices online on TikTok and Instagram. On this episode, we chat a lot about the personal style journey, and what choosing secondhand has taught Mel about herself, plus some of the sustainability resolutions and practices she’s put in place to help her keep continuing to improve her shopping habits. 

Really loved having this conversation, and I know you’re going to find it super interesting too, so let’s dive right in!


  • [3:38] How Mel’s love of pop culture and playing dress up influenced her interest in fashion growing up.
  • [7:24] Mel’s journey with secondhand shopping really took off after her son was born.
  • [11:50] On Mel’s personal style journey.
  • [17:37] On slow and sustainable fashion resolutions and tracking the cost per wear of items in your closet.
  • [27:12] Deciding when it’s the right time to let something go, and how that can make you feel.
  • [30:46] Shopping for designer goods on Japanese eBay, and the best handbags she’s found.
  • [34:38] Finding – and repairing! – a vintage Lady Di bag from the 90s.
  • [37:02] Finding a faux Hermès bag in the thrift store, and the process of having it authenticated.




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