From early high school through my mid-twenties I was an expert thrift store shopper. I knew every nearby Salvation Army, Goodwill, thrift and vintage store like the back of my hand. I loved the thrill of the hunt, and the even bigger thrill of a killer find. Thrifting was fun, cheap, environmentally responsible and resulted in many a well-loved pair of jeans, some funky housewares and more than a few Halloween costumes.
Sadly, the last several years have seen a big decline in my thrift and resale shopping. Sure, I hit up Kid to Kid like everyone else, but I’ve fallen out of the habit of regular “hunting” – especially when it comes to shopping for myself or our home. And it’s not hard to figure out why: to make the really lucky discoveries, you have to shop often and be willing to leave empty-handed most of the time. With two kids in tow, just popping in to the local Goodwill store with no guarantee of finding anything sounds about as fun as a Monday morning in the sick kid waiting room at the doctor’s office. Much easier to go to Target, where I can get clothes, groceries and a Starbucks, right?
But I miss thrifting! This weekend I stopped into My Sister’s Closet* to drop off some clothes to sell on consignment and was reminded just how fun – and rewarding – this kind of shopping can be.
I mean, check out this purse:
It was $12.99!
* This is not a sponsored post … My Sister’s Closet/My Sister’s Attic just happens to be the one resale place I’ve gotten to know locally, and they are worth checking out – if you have higher-end stuff to get rid of, I’ve had good results consigning with them, too 🙂
I would love to get back into the habit of resale shopping, but I haven’t really figured out where to go or how to pull it off with little ones. And so, wise readers, I’d love your help.