I used to think thrifting was gross. I grew up wearing a mix of thrifted and new clothing, but as I got older, I wanted the status of being able to afford new clothing. Not because I was embarrassed about the clothing my mom bought, but because I thought it would mean I had ‘made it’ in the world. I’ll never wear second-hand clothing again, I thought. Yet here I am writing a blog about thrifting and upcycling.
I started thrifting (again), not out of necessity, but because I had a vision for the way I wanted my life to look. I am a teacher in a high-need area. This (partially) fulfills my desire to give back and promote good in the world. The income is steady, but it didn’t fit with my vision of the sanctuary I envisioned as my home. I don’t need to shop at thrift stores, but I realized that the quantity and quality would be better than anything I could afford at retail price.
The lovely thing about thrift stores is the amount of waste you reduce. Instead of buying new, I am making the choice to reuse, and eliminate one more item from being put in a dump. Plus, it’s a great place for me to pass items on to someone who will see them as treasures, like I do.
But what about the dirt? Wash it. What about the quality? Be picky. What about the latest fashion trends? Like I could afford that, anyway. Thrifting is a great way to improve your surroundings in a low-cost, low-pressure way. Don’t like it? Give it back.
I have adopted thrifting as a way of life and can’t wait to share my adventures with you. I am so glad you are here.