The Magic of Thrift Shopping

Growing up, my mom always encouraged me to look for the cheaper option, while still remaining in style. An easy option to do this was to go thrift shopping. This easily became one of my favorite pass times throughout my teen years. If you are looking for a good place to go thrift shopping, the number one place I would recommend is shopping at goodwill. Through thrifting there I have found numerous mom jeans, baggy t shirts, and other finds that I never thought I would be able to get at a thrift store.

My second favorite place to thrift would most likely be Buffalo Exchange. I have often sold some of my clothes to Buffalo Exchange in order to get store credit and purchase some new items. My favorite Buffalo Exchange would have to be the one that is located on Haight Street in San Francisco. A mixture of thrifting as well as the funky Haight street energy makes me happy to be there and it becomes a de-stressing experience.

Here are some key things that you need to look out for when you go thrift shopping:

  1. Make sure you go through every shirt on the rack: A common misconception about thrifting is that you will walk in and everything you see will be cute and stylish. There will definitely be a lot of things that you may not think are your thing. You have to dig deep and look through everything that they have laid out. There are a lot of hidden gems, but you have to look for them.
  2. Be ready to still spend some money: While a thrift store is definitely cheaper than Urban Outfitters or Brandy, if you find a lot of cute items, it still may cost you a little bit of money. It really depends on the thrift store. Some thrift stores carry more high end products, so while they are discounted they are still considered expensive.


Developing a Passion for Fashion

Ever since I was young I have always been amazed by my mom’s ability to dress up. When I was younger I would watch her put on clothes when she was ready to go out, while looking through her jewelry box and trying on her rings.

As I entered my teen years, my interests in expressing myself through clothing grew. From kindergarten until eighth grade, I attended private school, so once I entered public high school I realized that I was finally able to express myself in a way that I never had before, through clothing. I felt that I could show people who I was through the way I dressed, and maybe they would want to get to know me better because of it too.

Something that helped me flow my ideas of how I wanted to dress and really inspire me was the use of Pinterest. In case you are unfamiliar, Pinterest allows you to put together photos that you enjoy from the internet into an album. By creating a Pinterest album of my own, I put together photos of clothing that I liked or outfits that I wanted to make.