Do you shop at Thrift Stores? Many of these second-hand shops offer new or gently used clothing, accessories and household items for a fraction of the cost at a retail store. Who wouldn’t shop there first, right? Wrong!
Some people take a look around them when they attempt to walk in a second-hand shop to make sure no one they know is around. Myself I waltz right in as I just love second-hand shops.
Tip: If you are worried what your neighbour or mate might say because they see you in the store ask yourself this “If they see you then you must see them” so what? Who cares?
The stigma put on second-hand shops that they are for the poor or for starving students is WRONG. These stores such as Value Village, The Salvation Army Thrift Store ( Sally Ann) have grown in popularity in exponential rates over the past decade. Why?
The answer is easy many people now see the value in second-hand items. They also see the savings and understand the cost to the environment and the re-use value. Most clothing if not donated ends up in clear bags ending up in our landfills. We need to cut down on landfill waste and recycle.
Come Halloween or during 50% off sales these stores are bustling with people who line up hours in advance just to get their hands on some super sales!
I started shopping at second-hand stores a long time ago, actually me mum and dad were avid thrift shoppers and still are today. Although I only buy jackets, t-shirts and work clothes the pay off has been huge for me.
I go through t-shirts at work like nobody’s business and they are trash by the time I am through with them. Why on earth would I want to go and buy a new one?
I sometimes ask my freecycle mates if they have any t-shirts so I can simply mess them up at work. The people in the freecycle community are very welcoming with open arms.
Yesterday I picked up a couple deals while attending the Value Village 50% off sale which I was told happens every 3 months or so. I love surfing, skating and snowboarding so naturally when I noticed a REEF T-shirt I grabbed it. The t-shirt looks like it was hardly ever worn and only cost me a mere $2.00 plus tax. Check it out below, what do you think? These t-shirts can range in price close to $50 Canadian unless you snag a good on-line deal.
I also picked up a couple of tank top t-shirts for work and the wife picked up a new blouse ( never worn) for $2.50. I’m sure the regular price was far more than that. All these items fit nicely into our monthly clothing budget.
At the end of the day, thrift stores are great if you know what you are looking for. Even if you don’t know what you are looking for it’s worth popping in to see if you can snag a bargain and in some cases a rare antique worth a lot of money. Ever watch Storage Wars on A&E, some of the finds would blow you away!
You never know what people throw away, donate or give you for free! It could be worth nothing to them but worth millions to you even if it is a t-shirt! So to answer my question, Is it worth it?
You bet it is! If you know your prices!
What have been your best second-hand purchases?
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