I have a long-standing love affair with thrift stores. There’s something very addicting about the hunt for one-of-a-kind clothing and furniture. I’ll call it my prowess. Thrift stores, consignment shops, flea markets and estate sale auctions are all reemerging as viable resources for the chic and stylish. I’m sensing a growing movement in fashion and interior design circles away from excessive spending and mass produced goods. What’s beginning to surface is a burgeoning desire for personalized style, environmental sustainability and budget frugality.
It’s the perfect time to explore local and online communities for hidden treasures. Here’s why:
One-of-a-kind pieces: Everyone wants to be known for their great sense of style. Finding one-of-a-kind, vintage and hand-made pieces are a badge of honor to anyone with good taste.
Clothing and furniture made 20 years ago have a different quality to them. Cotton, wool, silk and leather were better constructed before goods were mass-produced overseas as a standard practice.
Items with a story
When you purchase used or vintage items, you’re investing in a story. These items have a history with other people who share your taste. Redeeming clothing and furniture from consignment and estate auctions adds another chapter to the story and prolongs their lifespan.
Sustainability is all about endurance and standing the test of time. Choosing to recycle and reuse existing clothing and furniture decreases the amount of waste deposited into the earth and rescues wonderful, quality items from landfills. Those vintage and used relics, which have stood the test of time, can protect the earth and further its endurance from unnecessary dyes and toxic residue found in discarded material. Quality fabric from clothing can be reused in new ways. A dress can be made into table linens. Quality furniture can be transformed into raw materials. A chair can be restored with paint and new upholstery into something glamorous. The possibilities are endless – and well, sustainable.
In times of economic uncertainty, everyone desires to see their money go further but don’t want to sacrifice style. Consignment shops, thrift stores and estate sale auctions give customers buying power and put money back in the hands of neighbors and community. By purchasing clothing and furniture that need makeovers, you have the power to invest in local artisans and businesses like designers, tailors, furniture craftsmen and reupholsters.
What could be better than spending less, getting more, investing in others, being good to the environment and looking fabulous?
I recommend creating an inspiration board of stylish clothing and home decor pieces you’re interested in finding when you’re out and about. I also suggest the following online and local resources will help start your thrifting adventure:
Habitat for Humanity
Local real estate auctions
Please comment and share with us how you satisfy your frugal fashion desires.
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Have been shopping at the Goodwill for ages! Lately, though, I am finding that they are spraying all items including the clothing with Lysol. That is part of the “smell” of the Goodwill. Of course the clothes always have a “smell”. Unfortunately, the “smell” is not washing out…even after using vinegar, essential oils, sitting overnight in soda wash water….after 4 attempts to clean the clothing, they have had to go back. Any other suggestions? or other places to shop.
I do understand the Lysol spraying,especially with the bed bug infestations…what else can I do?
E. Stone says
I second the Nok-Out recommendation. Nok-Out is an absolutely amazing product that I couldn’t live without. Trust me, it is odorless, colorless, and it is hospital grade. It cleans like nobody’s business and leaves everything spotless. I use it on everything from kitchen counters to bathrooms. I use it on carpet spots. I use it when my pets have accidents with absolutely NO remains of odors. It is a revolutionary item. I never go anywhere without it.
Sylvia Hebel says
I also shop thrift stores. Everyday Cheapskate touts a product named Nokout. I use baking soda and washing soda if the fabric is washable. If you can handwash the item instead of dry cleaning then baby shampoo or a cool water wash can be done. If it shrinks as in 100% wool then I use it for felted items.