Sewing, Refashioning, Repurposing & Thrifting Through Life

Wannabe Thrifter

on April 30, 2013

There’s something very “in” about thrifting right now. I think the stereotype of years past must be fading. Either that or the Thrift Shop song has suddenly turned a ton of people into Wannabe Thrifters. The economy’s better so that can’t be the sole contributing factor in the sudden interest in thrift shops. Maybe it’s that we’re tired of trying to fit the mould of what today’s woman should look like, dress like, feel like and buy! We’re individuals with the freedom to express ourselves. I can’t think of a better way to do this economically and creatively than through thrifting, refashioning and styling our own clothes.

I have to admit that until very recently, I had never stepped foot into a thrift store. I’m ashamed to say that I used to believe that these places were for those less fortunate who had no choice. That was before I discovered that there are people out there who thrift shop on purpose! Now I know why! In only the few excursions I’ve been on, I’ve been able to find many nice things. I look for quality items and have scored a few really nice pieces. I’ve actually received compliments and I have to smile inside because only I know that my whole “new” outfit cost me all of oh, $7! I wish I’d done this years ago. Now I actually look forward to the special sales days and hunting through stuff (some of it IS junk). Finding that hidden treasure is so much fun. Image


4 responses to “Wannabe Thrifter

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  2. Heather R. says:

    *Hee hee!* Wait ’til you find a “thrift warehouse” or depot- they’re AMAZING. You have to do some serious digging (sometimes in, uh, questionable-looking bins), but you can find incredible stuff, at the lowest prices. They’re usually the first stop for donated goods, and it’s a way for them to have excess bins of stuff weeded out- it’s easier to have customers get the good stuff out, so they can dispose of the trash. We have one here in Boise where stuff’s sold, quite literally, by the pound, with special $5/cart days- you’d be surprised what-all can be stuffed in a cart! Have fun- thriftin’s the BEST. 🙂

    – Heather R., The Real Leopardstripes


    • vee01 says:

      Hi Heather! I can’t WAIT to hit one of the warehouses! Unfortunately, the closest one to me is over an hour away 😦 but I will make it my mission to get there soon. Your post is interesting because I always thought that the warehouses were where stuff ends up before it hits the stores not the other way around. Everything I’ve read says the stuff that doesn’t sell ends up in the warehouse. Not that it matters as I’m sure I’ll find interesting stuff either way. Thanks for reading. I’ll be sure to check out your blog!



      • Heather R. says:

        Yeah, in some cases, that’s the way that it works, but I’ve noticed that with our local one (Youth Ranch), a lot of stuff is being “depot”-ed there, prior to distribution, especially large items like furniture (which is ALSO dirt cheap!!)- I think Goodwill and Salvation do it the other way around, though, judging from what’s in their warehouse stores. Thanks for checking out my blog- haven’t done much about thrifting on there, but it’s a passion for my family, LOL! Have a lovely day-

        – Heather R., The Real Leopardstripes


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