5 Reasons I Thrift & Think You Should Too

thrifting
So I had this obsession since I was about 14 yrs old, and it’s called “THRIFTING”!!! My big sis is 8 years older than I am. When I was a wee teen, I totally thought of her as like this super gorgeous, model, style icon. So when she would drag me around Sothern Cal, thrifting till our hearts were content; I thought nothing of it.  Not only did I not give it a second thought…I LOVED IT!!!
The word in itself makes my heart beat fast and brings visions of sweet deals, dancing, gracefully, in my head. Something about the word “thrift” that brings back fond memories. It ignites a flame within me that makes me wanna grab my keys and purse and drive to the door of my favorite thrift store. But I won’t do that. I will maintain whatever self control I have. So I can take a moment here to explain to you why I even bother;  since there are several stores offering great deals all the time. So here it goes…
The
5 Reasons I Thrift
&
Think
You Should Too:
 
  1. Budget Friendly, or shall I say, Bag Lady Friendly
   Alright, this is a bit obvious, I know, but I wanted to talk about it for a reason. I know people think of thrifting as nearly free stuff, but that’s not always the case. There are several thrift stores out there, but it’s a matter of finding the right thrift store. I’ve been to certain stores that charge $5 to $10 for a shirt!!! $5 to $10?!?!?! Are you for real?!?! I can find that price at ROSS, heck I can find that price in a good sale at Macy’s! Thrifting is quite budget friendly, but you really have to shop around and find the right thrift store.
   I have a favorite thrift store that I frequent and I literally never spend more than two dollars on a single item. I am willing to spend more on the right items, but at this particular thrift store never do.
So think about it. If I’m purchase a whole outfit (top, bottom, purse and shoes) at  $2 per item; I’m walking around with an $8 outfit! (I do this almost daily–no lie)
Think of all the things you can do with that extra cash!
Think of all the people you can help with that cash you don’t spend on clothes!!!
2. Environmentally Sound
   So we’ve all seen pictures of our landfills. Not very pretty is it? Well that’s what we’re contributing to when we just throw our clothes out! I’m not going to get into this holy, I am better than you tone. Because, well, I can’t! I’ve tossed things out that I really shouldn’t have . But thrifting is one small way we can all help! Whether its an old shirt or and old dresser, you may find use for it that the previous owner couldn’t; therefore, saving our environment one cute outfit and one shabby chic dresser at a time!!!!! WIN, WIN, my friend!

 

3. Cute and Unattainable

No I’m not talking about you my dear (though I’m sure it describe you to a T), I’m talking about the many cute and normally unattainable finds in my adventures of thrifting. The awesome (slightly different) denim vests, the royal blue peacoat with white exposed stitching, the Egyptian print, button down shirt etc., etc; all of which I would’ve never ever found at any other store known to man. Because they are just too old or hand made by some stylish diva years ago. In my years of thrifting I have had several items that had just MADE my wardrobe, majority of them were totally irreplaceable!

4. Diamond in the Rough

Let me think of an example of this…I have quite a few. I once found a pair of nearly new Madden Girl combat boots that had probably been worn, maybe once. It was super cute, black with a blue plaid lining and a zipper in the back. Not to mention my current pair of boots where worn and I desperately needed a replacement. This find sure was a diamond in the rough and I bought it for $1.75!!!!!

These sort of finds keep me coming back for more baby. Those boots are definitely attainable in a number of stores (my BFF bought the same pair months later with a different plaid color), however, you would need to pay full price to obtain them. I love thrifting because of those too good to be true finds like that.

5. Easily Repurposed (no regrets)

There are so many amazing DIY’s out there. As I said before, I’m a total Pinterest addict, all I want to do is DIY!!! The problem is I don’t always feel confident in my staining, dyeing or carpentry skills. So to deface a piece of furniture or dress that I spent a fortune on (at least my definition of a fortune) is out of the question. What better reason to go thrifting right!!! I mean, I am totally willing to pay $10 to turn an old dresser in to a chic credenza or an $1 to make an original bag out of a T-shirt. Sign me up!

 

Okay, so I said 5, so i’m going to throw these next three in as a surprise bonus. You’re welcome!!!

 

6. Easily Altered  (try out a new style)

I remember in High School, actually way back to Junior High, If I didn’t like the way something fit I would just cut it up or sew it up to fit my needs. I mean if I had a t shirt and I really wanted it to be a tank top I would just chop those sleeves off. Wide legged palazzo pants (90’s version)  are now bootleg flare pants. A heart shaped patterned cutout in the back of my shirt? Check! Jeans into jean shorts, well, you get the picture.

Now, I do realize that not everyone is as scissor happy as me when it comes to butchering their clothes on a whim and that’s okay (in fact that’s normal…as opposed to, well, uhhh, me). However, I know I’m not the only one that want’s to try almost every DIY they see, so the budget friendly, bag lady friendly, way to quench that addiction is to thrift! When you’re paying a dollar or so for a T-shirt, what’s the harm in trying a new DIY on it?

7. Give it Away or Give it Back (don’t like it? Pass it on)

My sister and I do this often! We get all crazy-like, when we’re out on a thrifting spree sometimes and buy things that we love, but aren’t sure we love on (our current favorite thrift store doesn’t have dressing room…bummer I know). So when we find that promising item we go ahead and buy it with a promise to pass it on to the next sister!

It’s also a good time to try out new styles! Trends are always coming and going and then coming back, so it’s easy to find a current trend in a thrift store (Ex: palazzo pants, baby doll dress, denim shirts, creepers, etc. etc.) . A lot of times we like things but don’t know if we like it on us. Of course you can go to the store and try it on, but I don’t know about you, but I need to test drive it for a while to know if I really like it.

I had this issue with the Maxi skirt. I always wanted to test drive that style out. I’m so stinkin’ short so I wasn’t sure if I’d like it on me. Do you know how many plain black maxi skirts there are at the thrift store??? There’s a crazy amount! So I grabbed one and I have never looked back. My new love is the maxi skirt!!!! Now if I tried it out, and decided that the maxi skirt wasn’t for me, no problem, I’ll just give it to a friend or donate it to a shelter without even flinching because I paid $1.50 for it!!!!

8. Support a Cause. (give back what you save)

Last but not least, Giving Back!!!! With all the moola you’re saving you can make it a point to give back somehow. There are so many ways to do this. You can pick a specific organization to donate to, or you can do a series of service projects with that money you saved. We like to make large zip locks filled with goodies like granola bars, socks, water bottles, etc to keep in our car and pass out to the homeless. You can take a percentage of what you spent on your shopping spree (say 10%,or whatever you set in your heart) and give it to a cause or even a person (say a single mom friend who may need the extra cash). The ways to give back are endless. It’s just a matter of setting that goal and following through.

Well, now you know why I do it, how about you?

Are you an avid thrifter?

What are your reasons for thrifting like a maniac?

I want to hear from you! Drop a line down below. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts.

Till then, HAPPY THRIFTING!!!!!!!!

About author

Trish Santos

Trish is a wife & mother of four. She lives & homeschools her children in their home in Houston. She is the owner & DJ with The JoyfulNoise Mobile Music Studio. Trish is also a musician, an avid thrifter, a bargin hunter, a diy’er, & Content Creator for BagladyChic.com

5 comments

  1. Christina says:

    Great article I want to get into thrifting too because I want to resell what ever I buy. My problem is finding the right thrift stores. The stores in my area me are expensive. I don’t want to spend over $2 on a thrift store find.

    Your reasons for thrifting are great, but the LAST point you made is dear to my heart I see people on the streets everyday and my heart goes out to them and making Ziplocs with goodies for them is a brilliant idea!

    Thank you for the great article!

  2. Venassa says:

    Love your article! Obviously, since I’m the sis in the article you refer too. I get a kick from buying a great outfit for next to nothing and people complimenting! I hope others will be inspired to check out thrift stores and save money! 🙂

    1. Haha Yes sis thanks for dragging me along 😉
      Ya I think the ultimate reward is having someone just LOVE your $4 outfit

  3. Katy says:

    When I went through a big weight loss I fell in love with thrifting! It seemed like every few weeks I was a new size and could not afford to buy brand new clothes that often. A local consignment shop was my best friend! I would clean out what didn’t fit and get store credit for “new to me” stuff. I still do it even though I’ve stabilized my weight. It gets boring wearing the same stuff all the time!

    1. I’m the same way Katy! I get bored with the same old stuff too. Congratulations on your weight loss, that is another great reason to thrift.

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