Thrift Q & A

“Why do you thrift?”,”What made you start thrifting?”, and “Do you thrift everything?…

I get these three specific questions a lot, so I thought I’d give you guys some formal answers! Also, almost everything you see in the pictures below is thrifted.

Let’s get started…

Why did I start thrifting? Out of necessity! I love to shop and play dress up. The hunt, the variety, the way fashion changes, finding a good bargain, coming across something perfect for an occasion… I love all of it. Before I got married, I was working as an ICU nurse in Nashville three days a week. I made decent money, had four days to myself, and happily lived off live music and peanut butter. There were more times than not that I spent my “food money” on a new pair of shoes or a handbag and willingly chose to chew gum for a week (#singlelife). Well, I fell in love and married this smokin’ hot 220 pound guy who, you know, likes to eat and doesn’t so much care about having a new outfit every time he leaves the house. In fact, we thought completely differently about money and it took a LOT of conversation and compromise that first year of marriage to not kill each other. Needless to say,  my shopping habit got whacked pretty hard in that first monthly budget (as did his golf budget). There was a Goodwill right around the corner from our first little house in Hermitage. I had never set foot in a thrift store other than to pick up a last minute Halloween costume, but I decided there was nothing to lose. Within minutes, I found a gorgeous vintage Woolrich blazer and a perfect pair of Citizen jeans. I was hooked. In those early years of marriage, incorporating thrift store finds satisfied my love for shopping and fashion, didn’t break our bank account, and gave me the opportunity to learn something new.

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I think one misconception about thrifting is that people who do it are tight with their money or have cheap taste. Cotten would die laughing if he was reading this. It still baffles him that, without fail, I will unknowingly pick up the most expensive thing on any rack 🙂

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Why do I keep thrifting? There are several answers to this question. My husband and I are both in the medical profession with good jobs. There are plenty of people in our position who never buy anything secondhand, and that’s totally okay! But…

  • I love the hunt and finding a treasure for a great price.
  • I like unique clothes, a closet with a big variety of shapes and colors, and the difference thrifted pieces can make in a wardrobe.

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  • I’ve had to decide what my style is and learned not rely on bigger retailers to decide for me based on the current trend.
  • It doesn’t bother me to go in and not find anything.
  • Thrifting is different every time and it makes me think outside the box.
  • You can find really, really nice stuff.

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  • And maybe most importantly, thrifting frees up money for other things our family loves to do. Vacations, giving to our church, unique date nights and nicer spouse gifts, saving for our kids’ college efficiently, being generous with our friends… Some of these things might still get done, but not as frequently or extravagantly.

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Do I thrift everything? No way! Bedding and home linens, pillows, bathing suit bottoms, gym clothes and anything that may have come in contact with someone else’s netheryayay are strict no’s. Shoes are a no unless they are basically new. I am very leary of upholstered furniture unless it’s in really good shape to start with and I plan to recover it. (When you work in medicine long enough, you realize that “normal” people are “you-need-a-helmet, crazy-pants” behind the scenes.) That said, I really have to love the perfect something to pay full price for it. I love outlet shopping, TJ Maxx & Home Goods, Marshalls, antiquing, Craigslist, estate sales and consignment (consignment especially for my son.)

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So, there you go! A few answers about the “why” and some pictures to prove that you can find great things if you’re willing to give it a shot. Thrifting isn’t for everyone, but it has become something I love. Stay tuned for more finds, and if you want to get an email when I post something new, just click over on that “Subscribe” button.

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