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10 Reasons to Thrift
second-hand shopping rules
Green is good.
Every time you purchase something second-hand, you support multiple
uses for that item. This means less trash at the landfill.
Shopping second-hand is good for the pocketbook. Even if you
choose to shop at high-end consignment shops, you will pay less
than if you bought it new.
Clothing found at thrift stores is not often available
in mass, meaning that if you wear vintage to a party or wedding,
you can rest assure no one else will be sporting the same outfit
can find a decent couch in a furniture store. But to find one
at a local thrift store feels extra special and nice, especially
when itís in the color that you wanted.
Thrifting is like gambling; you never know what you will find.
The other day my husband found a $1200 Helmut Lang, butter-colored,
silk suit at the Salvation Army for thirty dollars. He was high
for two days. Was he looking for a butter-colored silk suit?
No. Does he love this one? Yes. Will he wear it? Absolutely.
He lets luck dictate his wardrobe.
Nothing makes a story like the black Gucci shoes you found at
The Goodwill for 20 bucks.
If youíre broke, shopping at thrift stores allows you
to have more. I am a firm believer in the power of a great outfit
and a decorated home to make you feel better. By shopping wisely
at both thrift and consignment stores, you donít have
to be wealthy to feel fabulous.
Clothing at thrift stores is usually color coordinated and organized
by shirts, pants and dresses, a very relaxing way to shop. Plus,
there are fewer items in your size and even less that you like,
which reduce temptation to over-consume.
Because items at thrift stores are generally cheap, you can
take risks on say, a chartreuse pants suit. If you get home
and hate it, at least you only spent ten dollars.
Most apparel sold in this country is made by underpaid women
and children in third world countries. Thrift shopping allows
us to circumvent this cycle. Instead of your money going to
the Gap, it goes directly into the hands of a non-profit organization
(charities) or a small business.
A Prada wardrobe on an Old Navy Budget.
You can buy designer clothing that you would never be able to
afford by shopping for second-hand items at consignment shops
or even on E-Bay!
Thrifting can quite enjoyable. Going weekly, sorting through
the piles is a soothing and relaxing activity, even if you donít
*Excerpted from get
crafty: hip home ec.