Thrift, in my life, takes the form of simplicity. Not a “Get down to the bare bones and organize what’s left” kind of simple, but a “what really counts” kind of simplicity. For example, I thrift most of my clothes. Once you realize you can pay twenty five cents for a skirt instead of twenty dollars it’s hard to go back. Especially since the predominate look these days is a sort of miss matched personal style blogger look. I took a stroll through Anthropologie this past week and all the while I was thinking, “I could thrift that and…oooh…I could thrift that, too!”
Thrifting is also one of my favorite “green” activities. I don’t live in a city with a recycling center. There aren’t boutiques with sustainable fashions. But there are plenty of thrift stores. Once you realize the sheer volume of clothing available in our country, you realize that one thing you can to to minimize your footprint is to shop responsibly. For me, that’s always been buying at least a part of my wardrobe from used clothing stores.
On the other hand, there’s always going to be some items you are going to want to buy retail. I don’t believe in an all or nothing approach. Sure, I buy mostly used because it’s cheaper, it’s more of a thrill and it’s good for the environment. But there are times when you can’t find exactly what you need. For example, my body requires comfortable shoes with good support. So that’s where I usually spend my retail dollars. I also like to spring for accessories such as purses, jewelry and scarves that I can mix up with my thrifted bargains.
Or sometimes you just find something you love. For me, that’s usually a dress from Target!
All I’m saying is, “Let’s not judge.” Maybe it’s worth it to you to save up for a Louis Vuitton. Or Uggs, in my case. We can thrift and then splurge on what matters. Everyone has a different budget. Maybe you’re rolling in the dough and Madewell is a low price point for you. Or maybe Goodwill is all you’re budget will allow. My interpretation of thrift is to buy only what you love at a price that will not stress your budget. And save a little extra for the sweet things in life.
I’m wearing this dress to prove that I don’t wear “Audrey” every day of my life as some of you might suspect. Even if I am wearing her here and here. The dress is a Christmas present from my mom. She bought it from one of those newspaper inserts and I love it. It’s so basic it can be restyled over and over. The boots were bought retail at a local shoe store and are very comfortable. Buying local is also good for your community. My scarf was bought at Wet Seal on a shopping trip with my daughter. When she’s shopping for clothes in teen stores, I look for accessories. My pin and clip-on earrings are vintage from my grandma. Here’s a close-up of the earrings. Love them…they are huge.
What’s your interpretation of thrift?
I’m linking up with the fabulous ladies at Patti’s Visible Monday link party, the lovely bloggers at Tough Cookie Mommy’s Monday Mingle and Life of Meg’s Mingle Monday and the frugal thrifters at ColorBlind for Thrifters Anonymous! I just realized that I wrote a post about thrifting while wearing clothes that were gifted, handed down or bought inexpensively…everything except thrifted! But that does go along with my post. While thrifting is my favorite way to find my clothes, I believe we should keep our minds open. Good deals can come from many places!
This post is being linked up at IFB Project #91: What does sustainable style mean to you?
Until next time,
Debbie Baker Burns
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