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Is Thrifting a Hobby?

Sunday, September 16, 2012

I spent yesterday shopping for clothes at some of my favorite second hand clothing haunts, most notably the Salvation Army Thrift Store. There's one about a mile or two down the street from me and about once a month, I like to go in there and shop for clothes. Yesterday, I hit the jackpot. I found three designer brand jackets and a sweater that will be perfect for chillier weather for only $15.

I also enjoy rifling through clothing racks at consignment shops, and any other second hand rose store in town. I've also purchased an item or two on Ebay. The secret is to visit the stores nearest the most affluent neighborhoods in the city. Some people are not motivated to put their clothes on consignment, Craig's list or Ebay. For them, it's easier to just bag them up, drop them off and get the tax receipt.

I am working hard to build a fall wardrobe because almost nothing in my closet from last year fits me. I tried on some of my long sleeved size 2x shirts and they were just hanging off my body. I also had to bid adieu to my favorite pair of blue jeans. I played softball in them Friday although they were already sagging in the seat. They kept falling to my hipbone so I was constantly hitching them up during the game which annoyed me.

For my birthday, I got a gift card to my favorite department store so I can shop for new clothes. After my thrift store finds yesterday, I ventured into the store only to feel overwhelmed with choices. I ended up leaving without purchasing a thing.

Somehow, with thrifting you don't get overwhelmed because it's hard to find clothing that is your size, still in style and in good condition. It's like a treasure hunt. With retail, the challenge is finding stuff you like that's on sale, but it's much more expensive and not as interesting or exciting when you find something.

Obviously, I still plan to use my gift card, but I will need to be more strategic. I am going to visit some wardrobe 101 websites and figure out the most versatile pieces I should add before I use my card.

Anyway, it's all good and I'm grateful to have such a lovely wardrobe problem.

Onward and downward.
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  • -PAULA
    I usually try to hit at least a couple thrift stores when I have a day off during the week. I have found some great buys at some from printer cartilage to yard furniture.
    2072 days ago
    I share the same feelings of being overwhelmed in regular stores, and until you explained it I never really knew the meaning behind it. It's true I love to shop in thrift stores and will take the time to look for things that l like and will be willing to spend money on since (1) l really hate shopping and (2) l really have to consider my budge or lack thereof. I guess I always considered myself a frug since thrift stores and Dollar stores are stores I feel the most comfortable in. Although I do like quality l do not have the means or rationale to spend exorbitant amounts on a single or a few items. Thanks for making some sense out of the way I've been feeling, now I know I'm not crazy.... Cristalite
    2073 days ago
    I love hitting up the thrift stores. It can be challenging finding items in larger sizes, so one of the benefits of getting smaller is more options. :) I really like Savers, Goodwill, Maj-R Thrift, City Thrift Store, and Avenue Thrift. I don't always find something but when I do, it's much friendlier on my budget!

    2073 days ago
    Well, I think that you should just buy something that would compliment your finds at your thrift stores.. God bless, Dee
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