Five Reasons I Love Thrift Store Shopping

Five Reasons I Love Thrift Store Shopping...and yard sales, and estate sales....

So we did manage to make a quick trip away this weekend and as is our custom, we hit our usual thrifting stops. Our finds will be the subject of a future post, I promise!

It got me thinking…why do I love this thrifting life so much? Why do I make time for thrift store shopping, even on a vacation?

Yes, it’s socially responsible. It’s green to buy pre-owned items. The world already has so much stuff and so much of it still has tons of life left. Thrift stores (garage sales, etc…) do a great service in that respect.

But I figure there’s more to it. So I came up with my personal top 5 reasons why I love thrift store/yard sale/estate sale shopping.

Vintage 1930s Poa Dot Dress by RackedVintage on Etsy

1. It gives you a chance to create a totally unique look.

I don’t know about you, but I’m not thrilled with the idea of wearing something that everyone else is wearing. Sure, it may not happen often, but you know that feeling when you’ve scoured the mall and finally happen on that one perfect dress, (or as perfect as it’s gonna get) and get to the event, wedding, whatever and BAM! There’s your dress. On someone else. Whether it looks better on them or you…we’re not even gonna go there.
But now shopping at a thrift store…now that’s a different story. You now have a chance to see some items that originally came from a store out of your price bracket, out of your area or even from another country! Plus you have a chance to happen on some happenin’ vintage! So old it’s “IN” again!
So mix it up! Find your unique style! All possible by thrift store shopping and buying secondhand.

2. I have two boys.

If you are a mother of boys (actually girls too, if I remember correctly), this should be ’nuff said’. But if you aren’t, let me enlighten you.
I buy clothing for my children.
In a blink of an eye…or at least one week, it looks like this:

DSC_0055I swear the 8 year old just looks at his jeans and holes appear in the knees.
So, after throwing my little hissy fit, I pack those boys into my car and off we go thrift store shopping to find replacement clothing. Can you imagine the hissy fit I would have if I had paid FULL PRICE at a retail store?? Paying 3.99 for a pair of jeans for my boy even justifies my not being the-crafty-housewifey person that would have patched the holes or something involving a needle or…something.

That kind of leads into #3.

IMG_12243. You can’t beat the value. 

I mean seriously. A whole outfit including shoes and purse for under $50?? Yes. It can be done. Yes it takes time..and some determination…but have you been to a mall lately? It takes me forever. And I still don’t find what I like. And if I settle…it costs me more money!
And it’s awesome when you come across things you didn’t even know you needed. Ha!
This past summer while we were in Montana, we were doing some thrift store shopping (of course!) and Hubby found me a down jacket by Marmot at a Goodwill. It was 3.99. In the men’s section. But it was Womens. (happens a lot…bonus thrift store tip, there ;)) I was not really in the market for one, but Hubby couldn’t resist. Plus it was resellable (of course!!) if it didn’t fit or I didn’t like it.
But I have worn that baby almost every day this winter. It is amazing. And I have no need to shop for a casual winter coat next year. And maybe the year after that.
I could go on and on with the steals and deals we’ve found, but you get the idea.

4. The thrill of the hunt.

Now, this one may be unique to myself..but I kinda doubt it. You resellers and thrift store/yard sale/estate sale junkies can probably relate.
I get this indescribable buzz when I approach the doors of a store or the driveway of a sale.
What will I find today? Will I find a Bucket List item? Will today be the day to find a cathrineholm Lotus pattern bowl? Will there be vintage Scandinavian flatware? A Jere wall hanging? Or something new that I have never even knew existed.
It’s just so exciting!! Go ahead..try it out.
IMG_28885. Cheap entertainment and education.

Believe me when I say, if you thrift long enough, you will see things that you have never seen before. Things you will not believe. You will forever be left with the question “Why?” and “Did someone really pay money the first time for that?”
It’s quite entertaining.
By thrift store shopping, you will also come across art and collectibles and fashions and styles that are not common in your area and so it will expand your mind. Take it a step further and do some research on the stuff you see. You’d be amazing at how much you’ll learn.

Okay, so that wraps up my top 5 reasons I personally love shopping thrift.
What are some of yours??

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4 thoughts on “Five Reasons I Love Thrift Store Shopping”

  1. 1. It gets this tired night owl up in the morning. I work at an office during the week and it takes everything I have to get going and I will wait until the last second to start getting ready. Nothing, but nothing will get me up at the crack of dawn more than a good yard sale, auction, or trip to the boutique (my pet name for thrift stores).

    2. I love to be pleasantly surprised by finding the BOLOs that generous bloggers share – things I would have totally overlooked.

    3. This is corny but true – when I see vintage Pyrex, I imagine the lovely meals that were served in them and how they’ve survived to make more lovely meals for me and my loved ones. I find I take better care of vintage Pyrex because of that connection. I’ve been lucky to have found vintage Pyrex at the boutiques.

    4. I look at boutique store finds like I look at stocks – buy low and sell high. I’m always looking for those investments. Sure, buying something for $1 and selling for $10 won’t bring you a large sum of money. But the ROI is excellent. And if you do that exponentially – well, that’s when it’s truly profitable.

    5. I’m supporting good causes. I absolutely love to shop at the SPCA and the DAV boutiques, etc. They may not get the majority of money from sales – most likely a % – it’s a passive way to earn money. But they are getting something for their cause without having to use a lot of manpower (which is better utilized for their cause). And that makes me happy.

    1. Wow! I love your responses! I agree with them..especially #3…it’s not corny at all. I do that, not just with Pyrex but a lot of the vintage I find. I try to imagine who bought it, how they used it…etc…It’s the best part of vintage hunting I think.

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