Last week I talked about financial security and living on a budget. I thought I would follow up on that topic with my perspective of thrift stores. We had some of our employees here from Singapore and they said there are no thrift stores there. They were fascinated with the big stores with name brand items that were affordable.
Growing up my parents gave us what we needed but not always what we wanted. Many of my clothes were from thrift stores or hand-me-downs. I am sure many of you can relate. I did not really mind, most of the clothes were in really great shape. Then one day my view changed.
One of my bad childhood memories is of my next door neighbor (who I thought was my friend) ratting me out in front of the whole 5th grade class telling them my clothes were from Goodwill. I was so embarrassed. I still remember the exact outfit I was wearing. It had been donated to Goodwill, but still had the original store tags on it. I had felt so special having something new to wear. Kids can be so cruel. Thus, began my disdain for thrift stores.
For many years, I would not step foot into a thrift store. Then a funny thing happened…I had kids myself and realized how expensive life really is! I began to shop at thrift stores to provide necessities for my kids who grew faster than I could imagine. I quickly learned which stores were my favorites. I found out where I could get the best name brand jeans for the best price. I also found out which ones were dirty and nasty and I did not go back to those!! I started finding really cool decorating finds for my new house; things someone else bought at very expensive places but now at a price I could afford.
I am no longer at an income level that I have to shop at thrift stores, but I like too. I love the thrill of the bargain. It cracks me up when I pull into some of my local thrift stores and see fancy cars in the parking lot. I know I have found the right spot.
Saving money and the environment by recycling what we have is a great gift. Using our money wisely allows us the opportunity to help others and do more.
What are your thoughts on thrift stores? Love them? Hate them? Leave me a comment! I would love to hear from you!