Have you ever given a girlfriend a compliment on a fantastic dress or sweater and she responded something along the lines of, “Thanks, I found it for so cheap while thrifting!” Chances are, it’s happened, and you’ve been surprised. That’s because your girlfriend is a smart woman and she already has jumped on the thrifting train.

Thrifting is one of those things that gets a less-than-stellar rep, but there are so many reasons to love it. At the risk of sharing well-kept secrets, we’re revealing our top six reasons we’re obsessed with thrift shopping. Keep reading.

 

It’s a fun adventure

A true treasure hunt, you never know what you’ll find when thrift shopping. Thrift lovers call it the thrill of the hunt, and it’s exciting, suspenseful and addicting. Since there is typically only one of each piece, the need to snag an item when you find it is strong. If you like it, act on it, because you may lose the opportunity to grab it later.

reStitch pro tip: You might not always find what you’re looking for when you thrift, but don’t let that deter you. Check in often and keep looking because you’re bound to find it eventually, as well as some pretty great things in the meantime.

 

It saves

Caution: After shopping thrift stores, you might really struggle to purchase something at full retail price. Thrift shopping saves some serious cash. It’s silly to pay $70 for a sweater when you can find it for a fraction of the price, possibly with the tags still on it.

 

Closet friendly

Who hasn’t looked in their closet and thought it needed a refresh? Good news is a refresh doesn’t have to cost you a pretty penny. Thrift shopping is a way to try new trends, new brands and new styles without sacrificing a savings account. The only problem you might run into is running out of space!

 

It’s environmentally friendly

Unbelievably, it takes 700 gallons of water to produce one cotton T-shirt. That truly staggering fact is enough to push anyone to reconsider making a purchase. You don’t have to sacrifice a stylish closet to be kind to mother Earth. Thrift shopping is an eco-friendly alternative to fast fashion, which is the process of getting new and trendy items to consumers as quickly and cheaply as possible. Fast fashion is wasteful, harmful to the environment and typically doesn’t provide good labor conditions. Plus, the consumer gets the short end of the stick when it comes to quality. Buying secondhand is a win-win and keeps items from the landfill.

 

It's easier and easier

When thinking about thrifting, many people imagine dark, gloomy stores with a musty smell and gross purchasing options. And, in most cases, thrift shopping is anything but that. Don’t believe us? Grab a shopping cart and see for yourself. Or stay in your pajamas and hop online because there are online stores such as reStitch that do the hard stuff for you and make thrift shopping just that much easier. What’s better than shopping during a Netflix marathon? Pass the wine and the remote, please!


It’s a community

There is a whole world out there consisting of thrifting fans who happily share their thrifting tips. These thrifting gurus know every trick in the book including best times to shop, best places to shop and what to look for. It’s fun to share awesome finds and the low price you found it for.

Our point is the world of thrift is fun, thrilling, addicting and, if you haven’t jumped on board yet, what are you waiting for?

— Team reStitch

 

P.S. What is your FAVORITE thrift find of all time? Post a photo of it on social with #reStitch so we can ooh and aah over it!