This thrift shopping habit is addicting AND sobering. I believe since I have added the thrift option to my repertoire, my wardrobe is better than ever. I am a better shopper in a thrift store than I am in a retail store. I have a different mindset when thrifting. I am more discriminating; I figure if I am going to take someone else's clothing home, I am going to be choosy. I look at labels and choose higher quality brands. I couldn't afford to do that in retail stores. There is a more unique selection available in thrift stores and I think more creatively. If I need a garment, and I am shopping retail, I will usually settle for an item that I like but don't love. As I examine each piece in a thrift store, I think about how I would wear it and what other items in my closet work with it. When shopping retail, I used to pick up something that sort of appealed to me and put it in the shopping cart.....I didn't look at the fabric content, the label or the quality of the piece and I didn't consider how it would fit in with the rest of my wardrobe. Shame on me.
In one of my earlier posts, I admitted that for years I was very resistant to thrift shopping. I had many preconceived notions about the type and condition of clothing that was available. I was so wrong. I have found name brand pieces in perfect condition for pennies on the dollar. I was surprised to find that most of the clothing is in very good condition; clean and usually not in need of repair. Again, shame on me.
My husband is very supportive of this leap into a new world of dressing myself. He's been a long time thrifter. I must admit, though, that my husband's thrifting was one of the reasons I was so put off by thrifting. Although he brought home some nice things occasionally, more often he brought home some really ugly things.
He has since upped his game with my help, and has learned to be more discriminating. He has helped me to become more frugal. Thrifting has been a win-win situation in my home.
Let's move on to the clothing........
|De Laru dress; you can't tell in this picture, but the dress is a very soft silver metallic and has a luminous sheen|
|Victoria's Secret; $1.50 each!|
|Bill Levkoff; $15.00!|
This top is a blouse...that looks very similar to an orphaned pajama top that I purchased!