True Confessions: From Loehmann’s to Goodwill…and I like it!


4. It’s the same stuff that they sell on eBay, except there’s no shipping cost. And it’s the same merchandise that they sell in fancy, overpriced vintage stores, where the buyers are very brand-savvy and know what they’re looking for. Don’t let the cat-eyes and brown-bang girls fool you. You can look just as good, you just have to do the work. Those merchants are excellent visual merchandisers who took time to find what they’re selling. In a free weekend afternoon, you can do the same.

5. Not to be socially redundant, but it’s better for the environment and people who manufacture clothing. I now think, where does all this unused clothing go? Where do all of these articles of clothing actually come from? And how many resources are used in the manufacturing process? These thoughts don’t flood all my purchases, but I certainly keep them in mind.

I may sound like an extremist; all I’m saying is that it is possible to go completely thrift without looking like a poor woman’s Zooey Deschanel or smelling bad. I really think about trends before I invest in them. My style is not dictated by what magazines tell me; the fit and longevity dictates whether I purchase an item or not. I won’t buy articles of clothing unless I love them. These two changes have transformed my wardrobe and spending habits dramatically. And they have put more fun in my shopping experience.

With the exception of my shoes, which I bought on sale from Urban Outfitters, and tights from Target, everything I have on has been used. I bought the Pendleton camel blazer for $8 and this excellent high-waisted skirt for $5. The belt was $1 and the shirt $3. All of those articles will last me for years, and I spent less than $20.

I’ve got no complaints.

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  1. says

    Great article with such good points. I once asked my sister if she knew what the word “frugal” meant and she replied that it meant “cheap.” This is why she is broke and I am not.

  2. Queen Chic says

    Sounds like this was more of a self-imposed changed due to “monetary constraints.”  So, my question is, if given the chance – would you STOP thrifting.  You got another job, salary increase – had more “disposable” income,  would you still continue to shop at thrift stores?

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