Thrift Shopping Newbie
Aside from Hallowe’en costumes, I haven’t explored the thrift shops, yet.
I previously thought that only old, ratty clothes that no one wanted was there, and did not see the point of shopping or perusing in thrift shop for my own wardrobe.
After reading so many different blogs and posts on the many benefits of thrift shopping, I decided to give it a go a couple of weeks ago.
I have recently started training for a half marathon (more on this later!), and haven’t bought running gear. I didn’t want to go too crazy, but I did want a light jacket that was warmed than a windbreaker and breathable (my sweatshirts were getting soaked and making me cold when I ran outside).
Since spring is approaching, and I am not sure if I want to or will be training the coming winter (too far away to tell!), I didn’t want to buy a new jacket. These things are expensive and all the ones I have seen are upwards of $100. So, I decided to look for one at the local Value Village.
Looking through the items was not too fun. Thrift shopping (like normal shopping) definitely takes a lot of time and patience. And even though most of the things are item that I would not buy or think is a good quality purchase, I was able to find my diamond in the rough.
Lo and behold! I found a used green running jacket. It was made of light weight insulation and meant for running.
There was a bit of black staining on the back, and the size wasn’t perfect (I’m a small and this was a medium), but I didn’t really care. Because for $11.50 (including tax), I had a running jacket that will keep me warm for the rest of this season. Then, I can take my time to decide and evaluate if this is good enough, or if I want to spend the money on a nicer/better jacket.
Thrift Shopping Conclusion:
There are hidden gems in thrift shopping, but they do take digging and patience to find. It’s probably best if you go in with something in mind to find, wandering around aimlessly looking at too many items (especially when a lot of it is not in the best shape) can be tiring, overwhelming and boring.
What are your experiences in thrift shopping? What items are best found at thrift shops? Any tips for us newbies?