The Benefits of Thrift Store Shopping

Thrift store shopping has caught on recently and there is a reason! Actually, there are many reasons. I have been taught to shop on clearance racks and at Goodwill my entire life and in doing so I can honestly say I have saved hundreds of dollars. Thrift stores are a great way to find unique pieces for your wardrobe and home for cheap. And everyone loves cheap.

Other than saving boatloads of cash, thrifting has its other upsides. Chances are if you buy your clothes from your local charity shops no one else will be wearing what you are. I personally hate when I buy something from a department store only to see five other women in my town walking around in the same thing. I like to stand out. But even if you don’t want to be the peacock among chickens, it’s always nice to at least not look like a mannequin for the newest trend.

On that same line of thought, thrifting is a great way to get pieces that are out of date. Vintage and retro styles are making a huge comeback in fashion today. Instead of buying the knockoffs, think about how cool it would be to have real thing. I’ve noticed 90s grunge making a reappearance and as an avid thrifter and lover of that particular decade, I am already way ahead of the game.

And if you’re the crafty type, this is a great way to get premade pieces at low prices that you won’t feel bad about ripping up or upcycling. There are lots of etsy sellers that are specializing in upcycled clothing for a pretty penny. Save those dollars by making your own. Or earn some by selling your own creations.

If all that is still not enough to convince you, think about the benefits of contributing money to your local charity shops. The money often goes to good causes and supporting small businesses is definitely important. Why not get some cool items while doing it?

If you’re new to the thrift scene it will help to track down places in your area. is a great resource for this and has helped me find shops I never would have known existed otherwise. Good luck and happy thrifting!


  1. Sammie Mar 6, 2012
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  2. Brandie Mar 7, 2012
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