Sunday, April 3, 2011

Why I Thrift

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??

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I starting thrifting when I was fresh out of college and needed a suit and some basics for interviews. Since then, I love the thrill of the hunt. I think the excitement of stumbling that designer piece is equivalent to the moment for fishermen pulling their fishing rod when a fish catch their bait.