There are five children in my family, of which I am the youngest. My mom and dad have always been hard working people and for as long as I can remember, we have never done without. Fast forward to now. Sometimes I talk with my parents about when we were small children and how they made it work. My mom told me that it was a struggle to keep food on the table and make sure that we had everything that we needed for school. Odd, I didn't see it that way.
For us, school shopping was hitting the thrift stores and yard sales. We always hit the"well-to-do" neighborhoods and scored some great finds. What we were lacking, she would supplement by sewing. This cycle went on for awhile. I thought everyone shopped like this. After all, I had clean clothes that looked nice and was always neat.
As I got older, for some reason, I strayed from this. I guess it was when I became old enough to work. I had my own money, so I followed the crowd and started hitting the malls. I wanted to keep up with the Joneses. Now that I am older, I have returned to what I know.
I thrift for the obvious reasons. One, it saves me money and two, I have a closet full of classic pieces and well as designer for a fraction of the cost. I thrift because, as a single mother, I can funnel my savings from thrifting into what my child may need for school. That's why I thrift. What about you??