I started thrift shopping last November, thanks to inspiration from Janet at The Gardener’s Cottage.
After five months of regular thrifting, excluding a one month spending freeze, I am quite pleased with the items I have hanging in my closet. While I still buy my pants, jeans, underthings, tank tops, T-shirts and shoes new, thrifting has become my primary mode of shopping.
It seems that I have passed my thrifty ways down to Tori, my 17-year-old stepdaughter. She went looking for prom dresses last week in the $200+ range before deciding to take a peak at a few thrift shops where she found a gorgeous used dress for just $19.99! It’s currently being altered by her aunt and will be good to go just in time for her big night.
Now she can spend a little more on a professional up-do for her hair and a great pair of shoes.
The last few weeks, I have acquired some great thrift finds. Soon, I hope to be inundating you with blog posts of my recent treasures. I thought I would start now by showing you this Club Monaco dress I bought yesterday at the local Goodwill for $6.99.
This number is definitely coming along with me to Italy. It’s soft, versatile and it won’t wrinkle. And the ruching cleverly hides a variety of flaws.
If you’re not yet a thrifter, allow me tempt you to try it with my “1o Great Reasons to Thrift Shop”.
1) Money spent at thrift stores goes to a good cause.
2) Thrifting offers an opportunity to try new-to-you styles, that are often from a past generation, for a fraction of the price.
3) Thrift shops are great places to find costumes, formal clothing and work clothes
(suits, button down shirts, pencil skirts).
4) It’s cheap and guilt-free! If you bring something home and it doesn’t work out, simply re-donate it and think of it as a charitable contribution.
5) Because it’s cheap, you can afford to pay someone to alter your clothes so they fit you perfectly.
6) It’s ecologically responsible. Consider yourself a “pre-cycler”
if you buy your clothing used.
7) Clothes found at thrift shops are almost always going to look original. There is a good chance that you’re the only one around for many miles with that particular dress or jacket.
You can’t say the same about chain stores.
8) It’s fun! I love the thrill of the hunt. I never know what goodies I’ll come away with.
9) There’s nothing like telling someone who compliments me on my dress that it cost only $5.00
10) My husband giving me grief for a shopping spree at a thrift shop would just be silly. On a reckless day, I might spend $35.00 on an armful of clothes. That is certainly nothing to spat over.
So tell me…are you a thrifter?
If not, have I convinced you to give it a whirl? I hope so!
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