I went out with mom this weekend for some thrift shopping. If this happened 3 years ago, I would have said ‘no’. Back then, I didn’t quite love the idea of shopping clothes and stuff at second hand stores. I used to think that buying other peoples stuff was a little less than unsanitary or “icky”. I was really worried that a friend from school might see me walking in the store. Quite frankly I was embarrassed and ashamed.
After being dragged to various thrift shops over the course of months I started to reluctantly sift through some of the racks. I remember the smells of all the clothing collectively formed a stench I found less than appealing which further added to my apprehension of the whole process. After about a minute of browsing through the racks I stumbled upon a lovely little gem of a dress. What would normally cost much at a department store was only sold for about $2!! I tried it on and when I was happy with how I looked, I proceeded to checkout. It’s almost as if every negative thought I had about this place just vanished from my mind in an instant. I was excited about my dress, I was excited it fit me like a glove, and I was most excited it cost me a mere 2 dollars.
From then on I looked at thrift shopping in a whole different way. It became exciting to delve through a rack not knowing if the next hanger pushed to the side would reveal a “must have” piece of fashion. I’m not sure that if others would view this process with the same elation but getting clothes at a rock bottom price should be enough to muster even a little sparkle of enthusiasm. Growing up, I now frequent thrift shops!
Situations have arisen where my friends thought what I was wearing was pretty and asked me where I got it. I’m no longer ashamed to say a “thrift store” or “I picked this up at a garage sale for a dollar.” Their reactions seem to be a mixture of uncertainty and perhaps a little impressed. What’s more, there is only one item available in the whole store making it one-of-its-kind. Even if the item is “out of style”, I know that I can accessorize and mix and match with other clothing to make a whole new, fresh outfit.
There is a stigma that only poor or lower class people shop at second hand thrift stores, but this is not true. Many celebrities and wealthier people shop in thrift stores too. When I shop, I keep in mind that it’s important to inspect everything I buy and make conscious decisions. The items are second hand, and we need to make sure that we’re getting the best deal possible especially its quality.