The New Thrift
Thrifter - Someone who religiously shops at Thrift Stores looking for bargains and often score amazing deals..
Thrfiting- When one visits several different thrift shops, second hand shops and vintage clothing stores in the hopes of buying several items for cheap, unusual clothing and other items.One usually does this with friends. ( Definitions via Urban Dictionary )
Hello. I am a thrifter.
I remember the first thrift store that opened my eyes to the unique world of resale and second hand treasures. The Swim was located in downtown Salinas, CA so long ago that i feel as if it were a dream i made up. Disco sequins, sky high pumps and odd accessories. Reminds me of the scene in Whip It when Ellen Page's character sees the roller derby girls for the first time. but grungier. My friends and I would get dropped off by my parents or we would take the 30min bus ride from Gonzales to Salinas. I still have a pair of earrings my best friend stole for me.It was grungy, it was surprising, i was hooked.
Flash forward 2016 and thrifting is still the way i shop and ethically waste time on the weekends. I have learned some tricks along the way to share with you who might still feel uncertain about 'hunting' for clothing , erase the thoughts of smelly dusty stores ( many shops are like boutiques now-a-days) and teach you how to embrace the endorphins of scoring an amazing haul.
America is wonderful place. We buy. We get bored. We give away. And this is the future. you don't even have to leave the house to thrift shop like a pro.
Ebay, Craigslist, Instagram and Poshmark are major online thrift sites. On Instagram fellow thrifters pick and sell their fantastic finds on their profiles with payments through Paypal or personal sites while Craigslist is better for bigger local items like furniture and yard sales. Ebay is my least favorite but is best for collectibles, shipping prices and delivery waits can be outrageous for a give it to me now millennial. Poshmark is my newest obsession. Everything from vintage to brand new Lulu Lemon to Designer swag. All purchases are 2 day priority shipping for 5$ and there are constant specials that go as low as 2.99$! You can also barter like a flea market by offering sellers slightly lower prices for their items. https://poshmark.com/
Another way to save big bucks and get the best items in store first is right on your cell phone. Use social media to follow your local shops on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Many second hand and consignment shops update their profiles with exclusive sales ( student discounts, holidays sales and 5$ bag sales. That means you fit as much fun stuff into a plastic bag as you can... for 5$ True Story.) and post new items you can call dibbs on!
Swap meets and Flea Markets are great places to practice your aggressive/sweet bargaining skills. But the biggest way to score a fat, cheap, thrift haul is at the Goodwill Outlets aka The Bins. You might get into a glaring contest with the local vintage/thrift store owner and its a good idea to wear gloves but all the risk is worth it when you are paying By The Pound! Literally clothing and decor for less than 2$ a pound. Bring hand sanitizer! http://www.goodwill.org/locator
In store you can find more than just cheap clothes. Statement home decor pieces can be found for much less than Target and Urban Outfitters! You can also find school and art supplies, coffee table and other books, storage, funky presents and cheap holiday decor or costumes.
If i haven't already converted you to this poppin tags religion through your wallet then allow me to try your heart
"Thrift shopping has a global impact. Have you ever given thought to what happens to the unsalable goods from thrift shops? Or have you seen someone in Africa wearing a t-shirt from your community and wonder how it got there? About half the garments donated to places like The Salvation Army eventually wind up in overseas market stalls or as industrial fiber. That second life translates into 17,000 jobs in the United States, an estimated 100,000 jobs in Africa’s informal economy and a multi-national trade in second-hand clothing valued at more than $1 billion a year. Between 1999 and 2003, the U.S. exported nearly 7 billion pounds of used clothing and worn textiles." via www.larryhollon.com
Salvation Army ( had its 150th anniversary last year!) and Goodwill are obvious massive charity contributors but independent thrift shops also donate to their community charities and schools. Every purchased from a resale store is recycling and helping the planet heal from the fashion industry's pollution while simultaneously helping Americans and developing countries.
Shop on, Wild Thrifter.