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Technology has changed how we purchase groceries, buy gifts, even how we cop new threads. Along with this surge has come a major drift to people mainly doing online thrift shopping. My standpoint is simple. The best thrifting is done person to person or store to customer. If you live in a city as do I then in person thrifting is at your fingertips. For those of you in more isolated areas you may find a decent number of in person steals through garage sales or local farmers market. Now even though I stand mostly opposed to online thrifting you can find the items you want online. I thrift more closely to antique’s road show, meaning that I never really know what I am looking for until I find it. Fashion thrifting is more magical that way. Also the people running these online site’s set their prices as if they have all studied fashion, owning every Vogue magazine since their founding 128 years ago. Meaning they know what brands are trending, vintage, and even what looks are in, while the older woman that prices tags at Value Village will simply sell that mildly scuffed Luis Vition Bag for 12.99. This is the magnitude of finds you see. The one area of online thrifting I see no harm in is electronics, but even with that I go refurbished because you can get a warrantee for that. All that I am saying is a little homework goes a long way but running into a thrift store and catching an insane steal is like a shot of adrenaline. Join me as I break down how I come across crazy finds, not far from where I live.
How to Get to Thrifting Level: Mastery
I was introduced to thrifting when I moved to the city, and like most other newly found hobbies in my life, I became incredibly focused on the best ways to achieve the greatest results. Somehow this led me to such fantastic luck in finding pieces that were not only in my size, but usually of good quality! Thrifting was part of my regular routine, it was a great way to get clothes that suited me while still staying in my budgeting abilities as I was a student when I started. I began to realize the rarity of these items to their locations, and how many limitations prevented people from shopping at thrift stores, be it a lack of accessibility, or time constraints. It was for these reasons that I started my own online thrifting business. But I’m not one to keep all the thrifting secrets to myself, so if you are excited by the prospect of thrifting your wardrobe and creating an aesthetic that is uniquely you, more sustainable than fast fashion outlets, and more financially accessible, here are some things I’ve learned.
The Thrifted Jacket of Dreams
We all have that one item of clothing we always reach for regardless of the occasion. It could be a pair of jeans that seem to have been sewn just for your body; or that pair of shoes that just go with anything; or a trusty shirt that you nailed all of your most important interviews in. It’s like a very special and close relationship it puts you at ease, complements you, supports you in any decision you would take that day. Just like cartoon characters are always drawn in the same outfit, you would be dawn wearing this item. It is the red shorts for Mickey Mouse, the white shirt for Homer Simpson, the sparkly red dress for Jessica Rabbit. The garment is part of the character.
My $50 Spring Wardrobe
Before you attempt to tell me that thrift stores are trashy and they only sell other people's junk, I'm going to jump right to my point and say "you're wrong." Like my mama always said "One person's trash is another person's treasure." But let me tell ya'll something, I just purchased my entire Spring wardrobe for $50 at a thrift and I'm looking posh and beauteous in my new Spring regalia.
My Most Beloved Thrift Finds
If there's one thing I love, it's shopping at charity shops. Here in the UK, we don't have 'thrift stores'. Instead, we have charity shops, which are basically the exact same thing just renamed. Plus wherever you shop, that money spent goes towards the charity you spent it in (Cancer Research, Mind, RSPCA, etc)
Buy to Dye
I have a business card with the name, Dyeing Heidi, on it. That’s me, or it was, back when I dyed on a daily basis. I thought it was funny to tell people that I was going to dye in the upcoming days. Today, it seems a little morbid. As time goes by, I find that my life overlaps more and more with those who experience dying in the true sense, so who am I to make light of death?
Thrifting Decreases Global Warming
I love thrifting on a lazy Sunday morning, brunch beforehand and catching up with my best friend, Dani. Dani’s studying to be a vet and works at a 24/7 veterinarian clinic. I have issues with going outside, so we’d meet up once a week to thrift shop. Once a week was good enough to catch up and find treasures. What I loved most about thrifting, aside from finding an article of clothing that fits my plus size body, talk about a nightmare is the impact I’m making on the earth.
In 1991 a co-worker who usually wore jeans showed up on her day off in a pretty rose colored two piece skirt and jacket. She was heading to her mother in law’s funeral and stopped by to pick up her check. When I commented on how nice she looked so told me she had purchased the outfit just for the funeral and had bought it at Goodwill. I went to the store she recommended and was amazed. I saw on the wall two matching dresses that looked to be in the size for my daughter and myself. These are the dresses in the cover photo. They obviously had been for a wedding but we wore them on Easter Sunday to church. We also wore them later in a fashion show.
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Thank You Insta!
Hi, I’m Aaliyah and I am a shopaholic. I can’t help it, I love and thrive on shopping. It gives me my cardio, I am able to go outside and most importantly, I was able to know for sure if something was the right fit (no pun intended). However, my shopping days took a break last March and I thought that I would never get that thrill back again. That is until I joined Instagram last April. I found relief on Instagram because I love to take pictures. I thought “it couldn’t get better than this”...until I seen ads. At first, I thought “Wow didn’t expect to see ads”. However, I started to see some pretty interesting products that caught my eye.