Thrifting is my way of life. It's therapeutic for me-it soothes my soul. It's my chemical romance. I'm in love with the thrift-I obsess over her each and every day. I've been thrifting for close to 6 months and I wouldn't trade it for anything. I anxiously wait for the time clock to say that I can stop working so that I can make my weekly run through town. 'Weekly espcapades' is what I like to call them. Some weeks they turn into daily endeavors. I'm an addict. Thrifting is like a drug to me. The thrill of finding someones discarded vintage Oscar de la Renta luggage or even a cutesy old school romper gets me all tingly inside.
Have you ever thought about why people get rid of such nice things?
On numerous occasions, I've found items with the tags still in tact, never worn before. I will admit that I'm a little on the selfish side. I like to get at least one wear out of an item before I chuck it. Maybe even two. I thought about doing a list of thrifting rules and tips that I've learned thus far but everyone does that so I'll pass. Me posting yet another boring list of tips would be like hearing a broken Lady GaGa record-it will make you want to pull your freaking hair out. I've tried to be a good girl and follow the rules of thrift but I think I've just about broken EVERY SINGLE SOLITARY RULE and debunked 99.9% of the myths that I have read since the inception of this ever growing obsession.
For instance...being patient. Sometimes I'm hella impatient and get frustrated with fumbling through racks of smelly clothing. So I only end up with one item. Like this kick a$$ belt that I found for 45 cents.
|Thrifted Belt (I LOVE BELTS)|
Like really, whooooo gives this stuff away? And is it cool if I come over and go through your 'junk bags' before you take them to the donation drop off? That way I won't have to 'be patient' in the thrift store annnnd I won't have to pay. I like FREE!!
What about the washing all thrifted items before wearing them rule? I admit-sometimes I don't. Especially when the tags are still attached. I found this teal H&M vest with new tags and guess what....
I didn't wash it before I put it on. Just Frebreeze and Go. Is that gross?
This clutch was thrifted too. It's mainly fabric material and I didn't wash this baby either.
I did however, with complete certainty, make sure that I cleaned these thrifted wedges up before I put them on.
Even though they didn't show any signs of wear, I still don't know how many people tried them on before I purchased them. A little alcohol and a cloth soaked in super boiling hot water did the trick.
How do you clean your thrifted finds?
Another thrifting rule that I absolutely don't care to follow is to go on 'shipment days'. By show of comments, how many of you know of a thrift store that has designated shipment days? Last I knew, they got shipment everyday and to my knowledge only certain chain stores like Goodwill and CHKD have a specific rotation pattern with regard to shipment. The items that have been on the floor the longest get discounted first-so on and so forth. Honestly, it doesn't matter what day of the week I go-I always find something. Some days I find more than others but I haven't found my results to be relevant to which day of the week I shop on. Here's another instance...with the exception of the super long flared jeans from NY&Co, I found each piece of this 'fit on different days at different locations.
|"Where are your shoes?"-random comment made by my professor|
I'm sooo excited that Everybody, Everywear is hosting a 'thrifting' edition on Thursday because I can't wait to link up. This will give me a chance to find more thrifty divas to feature on my 'Word on the Street Wednesday' segment-all at once. It will be like a one stop shop. It's gonna be so sweet. And I'm gonna be like a kid in the candy store. HYYYPPPPEEEEE!!!!
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What 'thrifting rules' have you broken lately?
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