5 Reasons Thrifting is Better than the Mall | A Rose in Bloom
5 reasons why thrifting is better than the mall

5 reasons why thrifting is better than the mall


5 reasons why thrifting is better than the mall



5 reasons why thrifting is better than the mall

Dress: Fossil// Tank: H&M// Socks: Free People// Shoes: Urban Outfitters// Necklace: Street Scene Vintage// Rose: Farmer's Market

This dress (by Fossil!) is actually a thrift store find for $3. It's not perfect - it fits a little funny in the chest and the hem stays turned up, but it's imperfection is why it's perfect for me. I love the way it hangs, the way the wind causes the hem to drift ever so slightly. I love how it can be worn with flats, ankle boots, tights, and sweaters. I love how easy it is to style. And I always get compliments when I wear it. Being that several of my wardrobe staples are thrifted pieces, I decided it was time to share why thrifting is my preferred way of shopping. All cost benefits aside, here are 5 little reasons why I get joy from thrifting.

Finding something unique: At a thrift store I find items that feel like they were uniquely made for me. Of course, it’s possible that many other people have the same dress, but in the moment between you and your thrifted piece, there is only one. I like to feel like I have something different.

Quantity control: I don’t like to have overstuffed closets bursting with a dozen sweaters and 40 dresses. I hate feeling like I am lost in a sea of garments trying to decide what to wear. Because so often thrifting means leaving with nothing, I only bring home items that made my eyes grow into saucers and gleam like the moon. Some of my favorite clothes came from the Goodwill.

Finding what I like vs what is trendy: It’s 2015. Why do trends still matter? Honestly, they’re a little overwhelming…Forever 21 and H&M pull in new trends each week. Each week, people! It really seems like a waste to give your valuable time to clothing you don’t love just because a magazine or blog said you should wear it! You don’t have to wear crop tops or wideleg pants if skinnies and tunics are your preferred go to outfit. Wear what you want and wear it with confidence. When thrift shopping, you get clothes from all sorts of trends long gone (and by long gone it really could have been last spring - or earlier). However, when you find something at a thrift store that you like, you're buying it because you really like it

A lesson in patience: You honestly leave with nothing most of the time. This is ok and even encouraged. Buying something just because it’s cheap is always a waste of your money. However, when you find an item that you love, it feels all the more special.

A respect for reusing: Everything at the thrift store has been worn by other bodies who determined the item was not a love match. Instead of contributing to the tons of textiles clogging landfills, we reuse, recycle, and reduce environmental strain.

What about you? Do love or hate thrifting? Do you have any thrifting tips you would like to share with us? I would love the hear your thoughts.


Photos of me taken by my husband who is trying to learn the camera. All other photos taken by me.

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17 comments

  1. I love thrifting but I don't do it as much as I like! This post really has me inspired.

    Christina
    www.cityloveee.blogspot.com

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    1. Yeah, if you have the time to wade through things you find some amazing stuff! I hope you find a gem soon. :)

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  2. I was just reading an article about this! They mentioned to donate, thrift. re-sell, friend swap etc. I buy some things, but eBay has also been my friend. You look beautiful! That green dress is lovely.
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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    1. Thank you so much. I actually need to sell a few things on ebay too. I'm just lazy about it, haha.

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  3. your shoes and socks!! HEART eyes!

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  4. This is such a great post! Thrifting is the best, I actually have a post about it planned ♥
    Amy xx

    Little Moon Dragon

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    1. In that case, I cannot wait to read it! Thrifting IS the best; it makes me so happy.

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  5. your shoes are super pretty and I love thrifting too

    www.thefashionfraction.com

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    1. Thanks! They're some of my favorite cheaper shoes!

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  6. Cute look! loooove the rings! I am not sure about thrifting, as I am slightly OCD, cant even bear where the clothes been and been worn by who! I even wash brand new clothes before wearing them :)
    http://sepatuholig.blogspot.com
    instagram.com/grace_njio

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    1. Oh I most definitely wash everything before wearing. On a serious note though, even if it's brand new, probably a bunch of other people have at least tried it on in store. Thrifted clothes are often donated because they weren't worn very much. That's how I got over my fear of thrifting!

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  7. I actually love thrift shopping! but living in my country it's actually hard to find bigger sized clothing at the thrift shops because most of them are small while I'm curvy and taller than average girls here. :<

    ieyra h. | blog

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    1. That is understandable. I have that issue with jeans because I am a 31 in the waist due to wide hip bones and rarely find jeans I like in my size at the thrift store, which is really rotten considering good jeans cost a pretty penny!

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  8. I have been thrift shopping for the longest time, at first I was dragged to the thrift shop with my mother who did not want to spend an insane amount on new clothes. I thought it was so embarrassing to go to a second-hand store with her. There is a time in life (middle school) where you think you have to wear what's in. Now, I am older than before and I can proudly say that about 80% of my clothes are thrift finds ( the other 20% are clothes I had to but at the mall because I was given a gift card.. NOOOO) Anyways, love the post, brought back memories!
    Vanessa

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    1. Ah middle school. I think we can all safely say we are glad to not be in the middle school fashion boat! But yes, I am hoping to pass thrifting on my kids if I ever have them. Why pay more for clothes? Thank you for sharing your thoughts today!

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  9. thrift shopping is definitely 1 million times better than shopping at the mall I am actually wearing my free people top that I bought at Goodwill for four dollars right now. :]

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