I've taken some time out for thrifting, consignment shop buying and resale store visiting. This activity has got me thinking "what is thrifting?" and how I present the goods I purchase. I don't frequent a lot of different stores but the common theme is that they contain second hand clothing. So, I wonder, how do we define a shop as a thrift shop? Does a consignment store or a resale shop fit into this definition? The online dictionary defines thrifty as: "wise economy in the management of money and other resources; frugality". At all of these stores I pay a fraction of retail (20% or less), so I would consider all of them "thrift shops" where I practice the art of buying fashionable items at a fraction of retail. If you want to call me out on my designation of an item as thrifted when it comes from a consignment or resale shop, go ahead, I'm ready to defend my position.
These are the local shops I frequent, they are located in the town I live or work or are within 10-20 miles:
The Key- a church run shop that takes clothing in on consignment and also sells donated clothes.
Worn Again-a church run shop that takes in donated clothing and resells it. (They also have a voucher program where people of need in the community can come and select items for free).
Salvation Army-a full selection thrift store that sells donated items.
Plato's Closet-a franchised resale store for young adults, in general they buy and resell brands that are popular for teens.
The Clothes Mentor- a franchised resale store for women, they buy used items that are up 24 months old.
EcoChic- a consignment store for women's clothing.
Sunshine shop-a church run shop that takes in donated clothing and resells it.
Encore-a local shop that takes in donated clothing and resells it to donate money back to local symphonic and orchestral groups.
Sandy's Thrift Shop- a women's clothing shop filled with used clothing purchased elsewhere by the owner.
The only place I haven't purchased anything from is Sandy's, the prices are higher than I would pay for the type of merchandise she has selected. I can get those same items at the Salvation Army for a fraction of the price. I totally love that she set up a shop like that in the University town where I teach but, I seriously think she could use me as a consultant or buyer!
I'm really into the Clothes Mentor lately, I find great quality items in brand new condition so I don't mind paying $14 for a J.Crew skirt that retails for $108, or the same for a Tibi dress that retails at around $300.
|Love this skirt! Stay tuned for my styling.|
I've been to Plato's closet once and came home with unworn black suede Coach wedges, a Longchamp bag and a pair of J.Crew leopard patent leather ballet flats! Not your typical teen brands so I will definitely go back!
Shopping at The Key, trying out a pair of lace shorts, I scored these for four dollars. Wearing a pair of $1 J. Crew espadrilles purchased at Worn Again.
So there you have it: where I get my clothes, what I pay and why I thrift!