Updated: Jun 24
I first began shopping second hand in high school. My friends and I would visit "SALS" aka Salvation Army and hunt for cool clothes on our low budget. I remember finding great worn in denim and vintage plaid coats that I wore non-stop! Once I had more money to spend - or so I acted like I did - I sort of forgot about the fun of shopping second hand. It wasn't until I had my third child that I was reintroduced to the idea of previously loved pieces. I had given away almost all of my baby gear thinking we were a two kid family when I found out I was expecting my third, I didn't want to go overboard on all the baby gear. A friend of mine told me about a seasonal consignment sale that ran out of our local fair grounds. I was hooked! I found so many great things and eventually became a consignor myself as my kids outgrew clothes, toys and gear.
This reintroduction to second hand led me back to some of my favorite spots like Salvation Army and Goodwill. I also started exploring smaller thrift stores and online stores such as Poshmark and Thredup. I love that thrifting is a conscious way of shopping items that may otherwise find their way into the landfill. The hunt for the deals and great pieces is an adventure to me. When I find a like new, name brand item for $5 its an endorphin rush! I also find it's a great way to add more unique pieces to my wardrobe. I can find a funky blouse of vintage dress that I know no one else is going to be wearing.
Clothing has always been a way of creative expression for me and I have always enjoyed shopping. However, I am also someone who loves a good deal. Some of my favorite thrift finds are my new with tag barefoot dreams cardigan that retails for over $100 new at Nordstrom and my Madewell high rise black denim skinny jeans that retail for over $100 as well. Both pieces were purchased for under $15 each and I've used them so much!
I also find some great home decor pieces second-hand. I have a great accordian rack in my room that I use to hand bags and hats on, a $5 purchase! I have found great plant pots and baskets thrifting as well.
Kids clothes are sometimes harder to find, as kids can be pretty rough on their clothes. I love to browse through the kids section and have found some decent pieces to add to my kids closets over the years as well.
What are your thoughts on thrifting?
If you are local my favorite spots for thrifting are:
Consignment shops - Tina's, Plato's Closet, Uptown Cheapskate and Kid to Kid
TotSwap is another consignment event that takes place at our local fair grounds quarterly
This was taken to share with @Dinasdays for her year long thrifting challenge. Dina has a wonderful podcast all about second hand shopping called Allow us to Rethriftrodeuce Ourselves. Each month followers are challenged to thrift an item from the list, or explore their closet and share pics with Dina. It is always so fun to see what people can find. Can you guess which month this was for?
I didn't end up taking this embroidered jacket home - if you can't tell from my expression - I wasn't too sure about it!
Some of my other thrifting inspiration comes from