If you've lived long enough to know, thrifting is not anything new...neither is sewing your own clothes, but is the past several years, thrifting has exploded into the new way of life. It's not just a hobby that you hear your moms and grandmothers talk about. Young and old people alike are enjoying the benefits of thrift shopping and sewing their favorite clothes. What I like the most about thrifting is finding those rare treasures that I haven't seen in years or a statement piece that I haven't worn since I was in high school. Also, there is no need to wish about trying to afford that favorite high price luxury brand anymore. There is a good chance that you will see it at your local thrift store, on an online store, or simply redesigning it yourself. The recreations of luxury brand clothes are endless and people are creating one of kind pieces for themselves without feeling like they're missing out. Plus, you save yourself major money doing is this way.
But does shopping thrifted always mean that we're actually saving? Well, maybe yes and no. It all depends on how often you shop and where you shop. For example, if I have a shopping budget of $200, there really isn't too much of a difference where I spend my $200. $200 is $200, but it's so rewarding and euphoric to get the most out of my money by choosing secondhand. Thrift shopping is tempting because you can get your favorite finds for cheap, but there could also be the underlying issue of emotional shopping. Are you shopping too much and are you really wearing all of those clothes? The cardinal rule for keeping clothes is if you haven't worn it in the past year or two, get rid of it. Don't put yourself in this category of hoarding.
The resale industry is worth billions of dollars and if you're a thrift seller, you want a piece of that. We offer incentives with loyalty programs, have great sales, promote our businesses on social media and more. For me, yes, I want you to buy thrifted because I believe that if everyone can buy gently used clothes, that's one more piece of clothing that doesn't end up in the landfill, but please be mindful of how you spend your money. I do not encourage overspending or hoarding.
Here are few tips to help you with your thrift shopping experience:
1. Shop with a budget. Stick with your budget and try to stay slightly below it if you can.
2. Where are you shopping? Map your locations and keep track of your shopping time. You'll be surprised at how quickly the hours go by if you're not careful.
3. Is it a need or a want? I recently had to buy a black dress for a funeral. Yes, I needed a black dress but I also bought a few blouses. Money wasn't an issue, but buying the blouses was something that could have waited.
4. Are you shopping alone? Shopping with someone that can hold you accountable can be helpful, but not so helpful if your shopping buddy encourages you to spend more than you want to. If you find yourself spending more while shopping with someone, or even shopping while talking on the phone, its time for a change. Shop alone and without distractions. You might surprise yourself no how much money you save.
I hope this article and tips were helpful.
Thanks for reading!