Hi, my name is Mackenzie and I’m a thriftaholic. I’m a thriftaholic and proud. However, I wasn’t always a fan of thrifting. The first time I entered a thrift store, I was overwhelmed by the chaotic array of clothing. And quite frankly, didn’t like the idea of wearing someone else’s clothes.
A few months later, and here I am. What started out as a hobby turned into a major lifestyle change. I went from shopping at Forever 21 and Target to spending my days at the Salvation Army and Goodwill.
My closet blossomed. My black and white wardrobe expanded. And my look book, gosh don’t even get me started… New York Fashion week status, if I don’t say so myself. I was getting more clothing than ever before, and saving major amounts of money.
There’s just something so thrilling about thrifting. You have no idea what you’re going to find. It’s a liberating game of the great unknown. You might walk out with nothing. Or you might just land yourself a prized gem.
So, do me a favor. Give thrifting a chance, it’s so much more than saving money and helping the environment. I promise you’ll be hooked in no time. Don’t believe me? Just hear me out:
1- Eras of Fashion:
History has a funny way of repeating itself. One day something is trending. And well, the next day it’s not. Fashion is unpredictable. The thrift shop carries every era of clothing, in every size of course. Spice up your wardrobe with some vintage pieces. Recreate iconic looks. Channel your inner Madonna and grab some neon, diva pieces. Or go for a more modern cool look like Olivia Newton-John’s monochromatic leggings and off the shoulder top.
2- Play The Empowering Game:
Thrifting is an empowering game of dress up. It’s an outlet of self-expression. Try out different styles. The bolder the better. The thrift store is your one stop to dress like anyone from Carrie Bradshaw to Kendall Jenner.
3- One Man’s Trash:
Go on. Finish the sentence. One man’s trash is another fashionista’s treasure. Or something like that. Sure, it’s a little time consuming to sift and sort through racks of clothing. But, it’s worth it. Somewhere hidden away there’s a piece with your name on it. There might not be a map marked with an X, but your treasure is waiting for you.
4- Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle:
Upcycling is the art of taking a piece of clothing and transforming it into something new. A few weeks ago, I found a lonely pair of vintage Levi’s jeans- size W48 and L30. I upcycled the jeans into a super stylish and retro, asymmetrical jean skirt. Don’t go judging a book by it’s cover, or you know a piece of clothing by the way it looks on the hanger. Use your imagination. Channel your creative side. Picture the possibilities.
5- Make It A Side Hustle:
Poshmark. Stylebook. ThredUp. The world is your oyster. Find some fashionable pieces and turn a profit. Contrary to common belief, not everything at the thrift store is ripped or torn apart. Find some money makers and make some money.