Does it seem like thrift store shopping has become more popular in the last few years? It’s always been popular at our house. In fact, I don’t remember a time we didn’t go thrifting. But just in case you’re still on the fence, today I’m sharing 10 reasons why you should shop at thrift stores.
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Why Shop at Thrift Stores?
Thrifting Saves Money
Even though prices at our local thrift stores keep going up, it’s still cheaper than going to the mall. Sometimes I can buy something new at Walmart or Ross for the same price but the quality would be far less. And many first homes or apartments have been well furnished from thrift stores and garage sales!
You May Even Make Money
I’ve been making money for years at thrift stores. I’ve sold my thrifting finds online on boards, Craigslist, eBay, and Etsy. I’ve also sold at vintage flea markets and shops. Let me know if you’re interested in finding out more… I’ve been thinking about writing some articles about flipping thrift store finds.
Shopping at Thrift Stores Helps the Community
My favorite thrift store supports hospice. I also shop at Salvation Army, whose proceeds go to adult rehabilitation programs which help people overcome addictions; Goodwill, who provides job training, employment placement services, and other community-based programs for people who have barriers preventing them from otherwise obtaining a job; and several other smaller local shops who support the ASPCA or religious organizations.
Buying Used Items Helps the Environment
Buying second-hand clothing and other items means less goes into the landfills and fewer resources are used and less pollution is created in making new items.
Hasn’t everyone walked through a flea market and found something that was in their grandmother’s house? or maybe a shirt or pair of shoes that you’ve owned in the past?
Create a Unique Style
I can pretty much guarantee you that if you put together an outfit at the thrift store that no one else will be wearing the same thing!
Find New Things to Collect
My favorite is what Bikeman calls my “ugly art” collection. I can’t pass up paint-by-numbers or amateur oil paintings. I should probably share those with you!
In the past, I’ve collected cheese graters, vintage books, silver trays, Shiny Brite Christmas ornaments, and more. I have friends that are on the lookout for linens, milk glass, old trophies and loving cups, prize ribbons, pins, jewelry, key fobs… you name it. Someone collects it!
Find DIY Projects
Y’all know I also “collect” jewelry boxes and jewelry cabinets at thrift stores. I do that mainly to try out different painting and finishing techniques. I also find small pieces of furniture to refinish. If my new technique doesn’t work out I’m never out more than a few dollars.
And if they go well, I sell them (see #2).
Find Things That Are No Longer in Production
You’ll find things at thrift stores that haven’t been sold in retail stores in YEARS. Sometimes they’ll be valuable like a rare first edition book. Sometimes they’ll just be interesting, like an old 8 track tape!
Several times we’ve been on the hunt for props, like rotary dial telephones, for local plays.
If all those reasons aren’t enough for you, go thrifting just ’cause it’s fun! Spend time with friends and family to see who can find the most unique or expensive things. Or do it alone to relax.
I guess ultimately that I like thrifting the way some people like hunting or fishing… you never know what you’re going to get, but you have a great time getting it!
If you enjoyed this thrift shopping article, you might also like these:
- Ten Tips for Buying Thrift Store Clothes
- Thrift Store Tips, What I’ve Learned in 35 Years of Thrifting
- 25 Things You Should ALWAYS Buy at a Thrift Store
- 10 Things You Should NEVER Buy at Thrift Stores
- Why You Should be Shopping at a Thrift Store
Thanks for reading! Is there something else you’d like to know or learn about thrift store shopping? Leave a comment and let me know. I’ll try to address it in a future article.
‘Til the next project,