Shopping After Thrifting

Shopping after thrifting

I’ve loved clothes and accessories and fashion ever since I was the babiest version of me. Some of my clearest memories I hold of this hobby span the earliest 2000s where I boldly requested to try on the colossal diamond ring of an elderly family friend at Mariposa, declared my love for Las Vegas only for two hours when my aunty bought me a selection of outfits at Gap Kids, wished for all of the Chanel makeup in the world after having a sparkly green eyeshadow and red lip makeover during a Nordstrom beauty event in 2008, and determined I had to have a solid gold charm bracelet because Nina Garcia said they were essential for every woman (and what was I, if not a Project Runway-obsessed girl who thought Tim Gunn and Nina Garcia were Bible?). Shopping has always been an obsessive passion of mine. I’ve spent thousands of hours scouring Nordstrom, J.Crew, and Sephora throughout my youth, trying to imagine what my life would be like with every beautiful dress, necklace, and foundation in my hands. My parents would attest my shopping habits became even more consuming in college when countless J.Crew boxes somehow appeared on my doorstep (and the orders in my bills) despite my working only 20 hours a week.

I don’t know if it’s my aging process or intense desire to retire, but since I’ve become a whole working adult, my shopping behavior has completely changed from the days of my childhood (basically since 2020, let’s be honest)! I would have avoided antique and vintage stores like the plague when I was in the throes of my purchasing processes, but now that I’m focused more on my savings and retirement goals, I almost exclusively thrift and buy secondhand! Most of my closet is now comprised of pieces from Savers, Goodwill, and Poshmark, and finding amazing treasures among those locations is a skill I’m constantly practicing. Once I learned that thrift stores and secondhand sites are full of perfectly good if not brand new pieces for literal fractions of the price, it’s extremely hard for me to shift back into buying brand new. Vintage jewelry is also widely accessible on Instagram, Etsy, Shop Goodwill, and Ebay, the first from which I purchased my antique solid gold curb chain for under $200! That price for quality gold is unfathomable now. When I can find vintage and new clothing items and accessories with little to no use, I’m uninterested in going to the brand’s website and forking over $150+ for one piece. Shopping secondhand allows me to give wearable clothes and shoes a second life while saving money I can now put into savings or my retirement accounts. Who doesn’t want to fill their closet with beautiful pieces for pennies on the dollar?

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