Thrifting is Good For the Soul (And Your Wallet)

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Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the constant changes in fashion trends? It seems like every season brings a new “must-have” item that everyone is wearing. Keeping up with the latest styles can be a challenge, especially when you’re on a budget. However, there’s no need to stress out. Did you know that you can still create fashionable and unique outfits without breaking the bank? One great option, and my favorite option, is to go thrifting!

Thrift Store Versus Consignment Store

Now, for me personally, I use the term thrift store for both thrift stores and consignment stores. And you may be wondering what the difference is! A thrift store, like Goodwill, is where people donate their items. They don’t receive a percentage of the profit that Goodwill makes on their items. The items that are donated to thrift stores stay in stock until they are sold. Because thrift stores survive solely on donations, you will find a variety of items there in a variety of conditions.

A consignment store is where people bring their items and are given a percentage upfront. I’ve also seen where people are given special code.  When their items are sold, they receive a percentage of the sale and then have a credit to use at that consignment store. For me personally, I have had great luck finding items at both types of stores!

Many people tend to follow fashion trends and update their wardrobe every season. For me, it’s all about personal style and self-expression. I have a few items in my closet that I have owned for years! And I still love them just as much as the day I bought them. On the other hand, there are some clothes that I’ve purchased, but I haven’t had the chance to wear them because they quickly go out of style. It can be so  frustrating to see how quickly fashion changes! But, I believe that true style should be unique and personal rather than following the crowd.

I Use Fashion As A Form Of Art To Express Myself

My style changes from day to day, depending on my mood. Some days I’m feeling girly and preppy, and I’ll wear a cute dress with high heels. On other days, I’ll feel more edgy and opt for a grungier look with an oversized denim jacket and a baseball hat. I believe fashion should be fun, and I enjoy experimenting with different styles and looks. Ultimately, I dress to please myself, not others, and that’s what makes me feel confident and comfortable in my own skin.

The issue of spending a lot of money on clothes is a constant battle for me. Although I have an affinity for beautiful clothes, I also have an over-consumption problem. As a result, I tend to purchase anything that I love, regardless of its price. However, I have discovered that I am less attached to my clothes if I do not spend a lot of money on them. This has given me the freedom to change up my wardrobe more frequently, without breaking the bank.

One of my favorite ways to shop for clothes is by visiting thrift stores. I frequent stores from second-hand consignment stores to Goodwill. What you can find there is amazing! I have come across some great brands, such as Madewell and Abercrombie and Fitch, as well as lesser-known brands that offer some excellent items. When shopping at thrift stores, I tend to gravitate towards sun dresses and sweaters. These are my go-to items for any occasion, and I have been fortunate enough to find some fantastic pieces that have become staples in my wardrobe.

Thrifting Is One Of My Favorite Hobbies

It always feels like a treasure hunt! The excitement of not knowing what I’m going to find is part of the thrill. I love the feeling of accomplishment that comes with discovering a hidden gem. It’s a great feeling to find something unique and special that I know I wouldn’t have found in a typical retail store.

Another aspect of thrifting that I enjoy is the reaction I get from people when they ask me where I got a particular item. When I tell them that I found it at a thrift store, they’re often surprised and impressed. There’s a certain stigma around secondhand shopping that I think is slowly starting to break down. Thrifting has become more popular in recent years as people have become more interested in sustainable and affordable options for clothing.

When I go thrifting, I’m not just doing it to save money or be eco-friendly (although those are definitely important factors). There’s something about the experience that’s good for the soul. Maybe it’s the sense of adventure that comes with exploring a new store or the sense of community that comes from supporting a local business. Whatever it is, I always leave a thrift store feeling happy and fulfilled.

Here Are Six Reasons Why I Love Thrifting:

1. Unique Finds: Thrifting allows you to discover one-of-a-kind pieces that you won’t find in traditional stores. Whether it’s a vintage band tee or a retro pair of jeans, you can create a truly unique wardrobe that reflects your personal style.

2. Creativity: I always get creative when I go thrifting. My mind is always occupied with thoughts about how I can wear a piece of clothing that I may not have bought at the full price from a store. For instance, just last week, I stumbled upon a really fun blue sweater. Even though it was a size XL and I usually wear between XS and S, I decided to buy it because I knew I could make it work with a pair of leather shorts, tights, and heeled boots to create a fun and cute outfit.

3. Affordable Prices: Thrift stores offer clothing at a fraction of the cost of traditional retailers, which means you can get more for your money. Plus, you can often find high-end brands for a fraction of the cost, allowing you to splurge on items you might not be able to afford otherwise. I don’t feel bad when I spend $60 on a bag full of clothes, compared to $60 for one item at retail price.

4. Sustainability: Thrifting is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and help the environment. By shopping secondhand, you’re giving clothing a second life and keeping it out of landfills. Plus, you’re not contributing to the demand for new clothing, which is a major contributor to environmental pollution. Read more about sustainable fashion here.

5. Community Support: Many thrift stores support local charities and non-profit organizations, which means your purchases are going towards a good cause. It’s a win-win situation – you get great clothes and support your community at the same time.

6. Fun Experience: Thrifting can be a fun and exciting experience. You never know what you’re going to find, and the thrill of discovering a hidden gem is unmatched. Plus, it’s a great way to spend time with friends or family while hunting for treasures.

Imagine A World Where People Love To Thrift The Same Way We Love To Shop!

It would be so much more affordable and so much better for the environment. Buying secondhand shouldn’t be frowned upon or thought of as something only people struggling with money do, but something we choose to do!

By shopping at thrift stores, you can find high-quality clothing items at a fraction of the original cost. Not only is thrifting more affordable, but it’s also more sustainable. You can feel good about reducing your carbon footprint while supporting local businesses. So, the next time you walk into a thrift store, I hope that instead of feeling overwhelmed, you feel excited about all the things you have the opportunity to find.

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