Despite the fact that thrift shopping has considerably gained popularity throughout the past few years, some people still find it shameful. I want to talk you through why I absolutely love and encourage thrift shopping, whether that be for clothing, furniture, shoes, cars, etc.
Where, actually, is the indignity of thrift shopping? Or is there any?
People who consider second-hand shopping gross just because the objects, but most specifically clothes, have been used before, really need to be given a talking-to. You can easily disinfect them. You could even give the clothes a boil if you don’t trust your washing machine enough. It’s that easy!
Other people may say that second-hand objects are way too cheap for them. That seems really dumb to me. If it is in a good condition and cheaper than it would be if bought directly from the retailer, I don’t see the problem in buying it. That depends on you, though.
Thrifting is sustainable.
It has been shown that thrift stores save 300,000 tons of fabric yearly from being thrown into the landfill. Imagine what that does for the environment.
Besides, this is a reason why you should consider donating your clothes to thrift shops or even charity organisations and not throwing them in the trash can. As they say, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”.
Who does not love bargaining?
I’m not going to lie, I am more about the bargaining than about the sustainability of thrift shopping. Such hypocrisy, right?
Call me what you want, but I have found such unique clothing pieces for even a few cents that I just cannot help but be obsessed with thrifting.
I once bought a brand-new pair of legit Dr. Martens combat boots for 5 USD$ when they retailed for 150 USD$. Isn’t that pure luck?
Thrifting is my all-time favourite hobby
If retail therapy is your thing, consider going thrift shopping. Instead of spending your spare money on overpriced Forever21 clothes or Ikea furniture, I suggest going on a treasure hunt at your closest second-hand shop. Thrifting means higher quality for less.
Tips for when you’re overwhelmed by the quantity of clothes you see in a thrift store:
-if you’re looking for a specific piece of clothing, such as jeans, tops, sundresses etcetera, go to that isle and all will be easier;
-quickly scan the shelves for the patterns, textures and colours you like and then check them out;
-try them on (if you aren’t a germophobe, clearly);
-if you see something you only kinda like, consider diy-ing it.
Sustainable, profitable, cheap, what else would you want?