I love to go thrift store shopping. Like a lot. There is nothing better than finding the perfect designer dress after an exhaustive search, and then looking at the tag and finding out that I am about to buy a Betsy Johnson for 8 bucks. And yes. That is a true story.
1. It’s easy on the environment. Re-using items is one of the easiest ways to improve your Green status. Thrift shopping is all about what you can re-use. You can drop of all your old clothes instead of throwing them away (I really hope you’re doing this anyway), and then you can find the awesomest things. You may think that the thrift store is just filled with people’s castaways, but the truth is that one woman’s trash is another woman’s eco-friendly adorable clothing purchase.
2. It’s easy on the wallet. I love how guilt-free thrift shopping is. Sometimes you want to go on a shopping spree but you just can’t afford it. Thrift shopping means that if you do find something awesome, it will likely be no more the 20 bucks. Thrifting is also a great way to supplement something you need in a wardrobe until you find a good deal on maybe a more expensive version. For instance, when I was teaching I thrift shopped and bought about 8 blazers for only $15. Then when I found a really nice blazer in a brand name, it had a good deal on it because I waited for it to be on sale. Plus, of those 8 blazers, I still regularly wear 3 of them, and the other ones have found homes with friends.
3. It’s fun. Going to the thrift shop is a fun activity, whether you buy something or not. Bring some friends and look at odd objects and strange styles from yesteryear. Maybe even be inspired to throw a party around an 80s themed tv show. I mean hello Designing Women and SEQUINS.
Whether you are going thrifting in order to find serious finds for your wardrobe, or searching for fun items for a costume party, thrift shopping is a worth while endeavor.