If you don’t know that I love thrifting, do you even know me at all?
Let me start from the beginning.
I have to admit – as a teenager & young adult I was really brand conscious. I can recall back-to-school
shopping with my mom & being completely insistent that we buy name brand clothes from the mall – which completely horrifies me now, sorry mom.
I’d even refused to shop with my mom if she’d be using any sort of coupon. A coupon implied (to me at the time) that we had financial problems – who really needs to save 0.30 on bread mom? Are we having problems? – no, we weren’t.
Realize that as snobbish as that sounds – I was a teenager overly concerned with my appearance & peers’ perception of me. Who wasn’t?
A lot has changed since 16, a lot.
Honestly I’m not sure what happened, or when it happened exactly, but my priorities have shifted dramatically.
My name is MiKall and I am an obsessive thrifter.
OH.M.G I love everything about thrifting…okay well not everything, but almost everything.
I fell in love with thrift stores when I left my parents’ nest & ventured off to college. Never had I realized how expensive basic necessities were – like toilet paper, c’mon!
My thrift store purchases, at this point, were mostly house decor items (I wasn’t buying clothes secondhand, yet). I had a lot of girlfriends in college & we all shared clothes so I didn’t need to shop as often. On the occasion we’d go out & shop for clothes, TJMaxx was my go-to for obvious reasons.
On days when I’ve got time to kill, I’ll venture out to the thrift store and aimlessly browse around. If I find myself in another town with time, I’ll source out their thrift stores & stop in – that’s really exciting, new territory!
It’s the hidden gem treasure hunt that I love.
It’s so much fun to search item by item for the one-of-a-kind treasure pieces – they exist! The treasure hunt is also why I shop garage sales & dart to clearance racks, it’s like a high when I find something worth bringing home. (& for pennies on the dollar, how could I pass up a hidden gem?!)
My thrifting obsession went from 0 to 100 when I realized the earning potential. I began thrifting & flipping and it came quite easily for me. It’s like they say – when you love what you do, it doesn’t feel like work.
Here’s the thing though, if you don’t like shifting through rack after rack to find that 1 amazing piece, you probably also don’t enjoy thrifting. It’s rewarding when I find 1 piece, but I’ll be really honest – it’s time-consuming.
The time & energy required for sourcing even 1 single product can be extensive. Finding the right items is the fun part for me, so if you don’t enjoy the process you’ll be miserable trying to thrift & flip.
Thrift store items are donated goods and this means the items may have stains, weird smells (ew!), or defects. If you consider yourself to be a germophobe, or if you hate browsing through racks of “junk”, stay home. BUT if you like a challenge, saving money, & enjoy the excitement of finding unique pieces, then you might enjoy thrifting as much as I do!
Nowadays when I thrift, about 50% of the items I keep for myself – even apparel!
Don’t fret germophobes, all items I keep for myself are heavily inspected & disinfected before I wear them.
I have so much fun shopping secondhand for clothes now, ask my friends! I’m always talking about how inexpensive my outfits are. I think it’s better than bragging about how expensive my wardrobe is …I never understood that anyways. Like cool, you spent 200$ on that top? I just bought that same top for $1. Thrift stores rule!
Not everyone can shop secondhand & that’s okay. 10 years ago I would’ve never been seen shopping in Goodwill. Isn’t it crazy how we change? I hear some thrifters talk about how they’re embarrassed to admit they shop at thrift stores – why! (If you’re someone who has to shop secondhand then your feelings are deeper than the situation I’m referring.)
Here are some of my favorite things about thrift stores:
- The prices – duh!
- Unique one-of-a-kind pieces
- Name brand pieces
- Treasure hunting
- The staff – They’re typically volunteer and elder ladies & gents are so sweet!
Some things I could do without:
- Stuffy smells – thrift stores don’t clean the items before they’re placed on shelves. It’s explainable but still yucky
- Mysterious Stains – there have been times I’ve found amazing designer pieces….with unforgivable defects. The emotional rollercoaster involved with that discovery is heart wrenching (LOL)
In summary, thrift stores have a special place in my heart and I urge y’all to thrift too.
If you’re not following my Instagram, you should be – I often post my thrift adventures & finds. I also post the For Sale items on Instagram first too!
Who are my fellow thrifters?