'One woman's trash is another woman's treasure'
Thrifting - the act of shopping at a thrift store, flea market, garage sale, or a shop of a charitable organisation, usually with the intent of finding interesting items at low prices!
From fashion to furnishings, thrifting is one of the greatest ways to bag yourself a bargain.
There's something exciting about visiting thrift stores, rummaging through the rails with hope of stumbling across 'hidden treasure' or a 'diamond in the rough'...you never know what you may find.
Now I know not everyone's idea of shopping, is browsing through other people's hand-me-downs.
However, by 'thrifting', you're not only saving money but you're also participating in clothing recycling, giving formerly-owned items a new home!
What's interesting in buying second, third or even fourth-hand items, is that each one has a past...maybe even a story or two, and with that may come imperfections.
But the art of thrifting is to spot 'a diamond in the rough' - see the potential in a dress that has mismatched embellishments or, a peter-pan collared shirt that is missing a button or two.
Vintage pieces are sought after among shoppers, stylists and fashion bloggers.
The funny thing being, that people are willing to pay the price so that they can wear a 'vintage' ensemble. Truth be told, a trip to your local charity shop or even a car boot sale with only a few pounds in your purse, and you can find yourself discovering a fabulous 60's shift dress with a history of helping one or two women resemble the likes of Twiggy and Edie Sedgwick, for a very small price.
Now for those of you who are trying to make space in your wardrobe for this season's 'must-have' pieces (we're telling ourselves they're an investment), or maybe just attempting to declutter, why not make yourself some money in the process?!
The likes of eBay and Music Magpie make this both simple and straight forward to do, and for those busy bees reading this - it's not too time consuming either...you can even do it from your Iphone or Blackberry whilst you're on the go!
I'm sure you'll agree with me when I write, that at some point, we've stood in front of our closets and laid eyes on a pair of shoes, maybe a shirt or two and even a dress that was once an impulse buy, and is now likely to remain on its hanger until eventually smothered in a black bin liner and sent on its travels to the nearest charity shop.
So tell me, why let your eyes rolls once more at the thought of the rash decisions you made when purchasing such useless items, and turn them into a figure of credit on your bank statement!
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