Thursday, January 10, 2013

a thrifting journey

I mentioned in this post that I want to purchase only thrifted clothing this year. There are a few reasons for me attempting this challenge. Here they are:

  • money (not a huge issue for us, but it's always good to save)
  • thinking a little bit more about what I purchase
  • my lifestyle change for the better will cause me to lose weight
  • I adore vintage clothing
  • it'll be FUN!

So, money. It always comes down to that, doesn't it? And unfortunately, purchasing clothes is not cheap if you want quality. Cheap clothes from Wal-Mart and Old Navy don't last. Especially not when you spend a lot of time outside, like Nate and I do. That leads right into my second reason. Impulse buying is something we all suffer from occasionally and on different levels. To be perfectly honest, my impulse buys are usually books, but I'd rather not start being impulsive about clothing. :) And yes, I am eating better, exercising more, not sitting for long periods of time, getting enough sleep, etc, which will have the awesome side effect of slimming me down. Why buy new and possibly expensive clothing that may be cute but I won't be able to wear in a few months? Seems logical. Plus, I do adore vintage clothing. I probably won't purchase much in the first half of the year while my body is changing, but still. It's fun to make awesome finds that you can share with your friends! And the whole process of thrifting is so much fun. It's an adventure!

Will any of you, my lovely followers, join me in this adventure in 2013?


  1. I already buy most of my clothes second-hand because money IS an issue for us and because, frankly, I don't see the point of spending tons of money on NEW cute clothes when you can get lots of cute clothes for waaaay less money at second-hand places. I honestly don't remember the last time I bought myself something new; if I get truly NEW clothes it's as a gift. And I'm totally OK with that! I've been wearing second-hand and hand-me-down clothes my whole life, and some of my favorite things were once worn by someone else. It's all about stewardship, and buying/wearing second-hand clothes is one way I can help use our finances in the smartest way.

    1. Makes total sense! I do kind of have a thing for new, cute clothes, but I think that's because I wore hand-me-downs so much when I was little and I hated it, haha. But there's a big difference between old hand-me-downs from cousins and stuff you select yourself from a thrift shop. :)