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#ThriftyThursday: It's Okay to Thrift Store Shop

Turnaround Resale Store
The front of one of my favorite thrift stores!

When I was younger, I did not thrift. I had this preconceived notion that thrift stores were dirty and only filled with junk that other people didn't want. And while some thrift stores ARE quite junky (my favorite thrift store requires me to take a shower every time I leave it), you can find some real gems that are only gently used at a fraction of the price it would be new. And for someone that has to be able to stretch her budget, thrifting just makes sense.

Fitting Room
Look at the clothes I found!

Since my mom and son got new things for Christmas, it's time to shop for me! I changed sizes a few years ago and I was so upset with myself that, I kid you not, I wore the same clothes for a year! And while I'm not at the size I want to be I have to learn to love myself in all of my imperfections while I'm creating a healthier lifestyle for me and my family. But that's a different blog post for another day. I need clothes for church, casual pieces and more looks that I can wear for networking events and brunches. Take a look at my adventures in thrifting from this week:

As you can see, big women do thrift! I was happy to find not only pieces that would fit me, but pieces that had their tags on them! See, you don’t always have to shop new. You just have to be diligent when you shop used. This might mean shopping off season or shopping at multiple locations (including online). This might mean buying things that need to be mended or cleaned. It might seem like more work, but the payoff to the environment and your wallet is huge! 

So I think #thriftythursdays is going to be a thing for us. Because I can’t preach sustainability if I’m not showing you what we’re doing to become more earth friendly. Like I said in yesterday’s post, it’s about making small gradual changes in your lifestyle to make a lasting impact on the environment. And thrifting is one way to do it.

The rest of this month we’ll be talking about thrift stores, the difference in the the types and how to shop them. We’ll be talking about non-profit and for-profit ones and dispelling those myths that we might be holding on to about them. We’ll also teach you some shopping best practices if you’re new to the game! So if you have any questions that you want answered, email us at We’d love to answer them for you! See you next week!

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