My first thrift ever was a bright fuchsia back pack, I was in the seventh grade. I recall the thrift shop, it was well lit and had aisles and aisles of products. I've seen a lot of thrift shops, consignment stores and flea markets since then.
Most of my friends are not thrifters, the fact is I have some that even look down on it. A short time ago while traveling with a friend, I suggested we enter a second hand shop and she could not believe it. She questioned why in the land of malls (we were in the US) I wanted to go to a store that had used clothing. She just shrugged and said "Ugggh, I don't want to go in there". What I never understood was, why ? I mean I know first hand that like me, while growing up she had hand-me-downs either from her sisters or from relatives - what was the difference in her head, I will never know.
Anyways, a few weeks ago I was talking to the owner of a consignment store and I told her about my friend, we both laughed and agreed on one thing: She had no idea what she is missing out of. Now, if you are like my friend, here a just 5 reasons why you should thrift at least once in your life:
1. No twins: Running into someone wearing the same garment is minimised if not totally eliminated.
2. Quality: Odds are that you will find garments of better quality than what is in stores right now.
3. Budget: Most second hand stores are super affordable and if you're lucky like me designer items can be found at superb prices.
4. Surprise: The element of surprise, meaning you really, truly never know what you will find.
5. Learning experience: While thrifting you learn about styles, fabrics, designers, union labels, cuts, sizing... If you find something interesting or unknown to you: google it. You'll be amazed.
One last thing: it's slow fashion: the deliberate choice to buy better-quality items less often. Environmentally friendly and ethically conscious.
So are you a second hand shopper or are you like my friend ; ?