It’s no secret among my family members and close friends, I love to thrift shop. I’ve been doing it since I was a teenager. There is something exciting about entering a thrift store. You truly never know what you will find, sometimes it’s something hilarious, sometimes it’s exactly what you were looking for, and sometimes it’s a great deal. Second-hand shopping is the modern day version of treasure hunting. Here are five reasons why I adore a good jaunt to a thrift shop.
Easy On The Apparel Budget While Giving Us Loads of Choice
We are able to update and add to our wardrobes at a fraction of what it would cost us retail. The name brand finds are sometimes unimaginable. I have found my sweetie JoS A Bank dress shirts, brand new for $3.50. Daughter #2 also loves to thrift and she is building the most amazing closet, filled with her own unique style. Second hand shopping means you are not limited to this seasons fashion but have so many other options. Have a favourite colour like daughter #1, it’s never difficult to find, regardless of the current fashion colour palate. Plus if I pick up a sweater for $4.00 and wear it once or twice I don’t feel badly about parting with it, if I happen to decide it’s not my style. I have things in my closet that I dislike but are still hanging there because I spent too much money on them and feel guilty parting with them. Thrifted options find their way back into the donation bag without a second thought. By the way do you like my new fall bonfire sweater above, I think it will wash up just fine. I love the colour, it’s perfect for autumn evenings toasting s’mores.
It is A Feel Good Exercise, Reminding Us to Be Charitable
Donations, another reason I enjoy making those second hand rounds. When I purchase from the Habitat Restore or Salvation Army I know I am supporting a cause. The money I spend goes to a charity that quite often works in our own community, such as Hospice. I had the opportunity to visit Ireland last June and while I was there I discovered that they aren’t called thrift stores but charity shops. I love that! Some of the stores I was able to visit while there were run by global, national or local charities. When I donate to a second hand store I also know those donations will be sold with the proceeds benefiting a good cause. This is a win win, I declutter and simplify knowing I am contributing to a charity.
Inspires Our Creativity and Reduces Waste
Thanks to Pinterest our dreams are filled with many creative and budget friendly projects. How many times do I walk through the door of my local charity shop and see something that sparks a great idea. My husband says far too often. But really, photo frames can be repainted to match my decor, a wooden Melissa and Doug box repainted becomes a wonderful shelf for small collectables. The ideas are endless. Add to that if we take an old object and breathe new life into it we get the satisfaction of indulging our creativity and enjoying the fruits of our own labour. Add to that points for being environmentally friendly, we’re saving objects from the landfill. I hate that we are such a throw away society so it gives me joy to reuse, repurpose and upcycle. I am including a link here to my upcycle pinterest board but fair warning, pour a cup of coffee first as it is a gateway to the amazing pinterest world of repurposing.
Embracing My Love Of Vintage
Being a thrifty shopper helps me embrace my love of vintage and grow collections I wouldn’t normally be able to afford. Just this past week I found two pieces I can use for my ‘autumn/harvest’ table. I now have a collection of serving dishes that are suitable for different times of the year. My personal rule is that each new piece must have a home. If it does than yes I can purchase that sweet Christmas cream pitcher or autumn serving platter. It makes entertaining (something I love to do) all the more fun. I also have a serious love affair going on with vintage decor, I love mid century modern. I love the patterns of vintage fabric and I adore the whimsical feel of a lot of those 40’s-60’s curio pieces.
Oh the thrill of the hunt!! I love that on any given day I never know what I will find. I have found some wonderful treasures. Occasionally, the prize can be something with a monetary value, like a brand-new playmobil set, fresh in the box. But most often it is things that have personal value. Vintage globes, a beautiful rolling desk chair, vintage glass christmas bulbs and my latest find a gorgeous Maplelea Doll. When I’ve found something fabulous I get almost giddy and can’t wait to share. Plus who doesn’t love to brag about a brilliant bargain.
Do you embrace the thrift store or avoid it? What are some treasures you’ve found? I would love to hear all about your favourite finds. I hope your week is going well and that you find time to drop into your local charity shop.
Your Frugal Friend,