We didn’t have a lot of money when I was growing up, so the bulk of my clothes came from a) my sisters or b) the local Church-owned thrift store. It was the height of embarrassment to have it be known that you shopped at the thrift store, even though several other kids I knew shopped there too (we just never admitted it to each other).
Today, thrift stores are the “in” place to shop—quite a change from the mindset that prevailed when I was a youngster. We have global warming to thank for this shift in perception. People now realize more than ever the effect that industry has on our environment, and they are recycling their goods and seeking to purchase goods that have been recycled. Who knew—I was living green before the phrase was even coined!
This trend toward thrift store shopping doesn’t just extend itself to common, everyday folk like you and me. Celebrities the world over are embracing this lifestyle, going “vintage” and sporting their latest thrift store finds. Rather than spending $1,000 on a new bag, many celebs are now reducing, reusing, and recycling, choosing to carry the bag they found at the thrift store instead.
I can’t tell you how much this delights me. I went from being gauche to being trendy, almost overnight. As for my kids—I’ve always shopped at the thrift store for their play clothes. Why on earth would I pay $20.00 for a pair of size 4T jeans that would be ripped up after one hour on the playground? Instead, I pay $2.00 for them and don’t sweat it if they come back with grass stains. It saves my pocketbook a whole lot of worry, and if I happen to help save the planet at the same time, that’s all the better.
Thrift stores aren’t just a wonderful place to buy clothes. I’ve picked up blankets, cookbooks, extra shoes to send with my daughter to Girls Camp, a CrockPot, furniture (my couch, pictured, lived its former life in a Church lobby, was sent to the thrift store for rips in the arms, was purchased by me for $50.00, mended, and now lives happily in my living room) and toys. Things that still have use in them and yet aren’t useful to the original owners can now be mine at a fraction of the full retail price, and in most cases, so what if they’re a little used? I’m sure that after ten minutes at my house, anything I bought new would look just as used.
Save a tree, stop adding to greenhouse gases, and keep some money in your wallet. That’s what shopping at a thrift store will do for you. And now that it’s cool, there’s really no reason not to!
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