Two Tips Tuesday – Secondhand

Happy Tuesday everyone! As you can see from the photos above, we are going to talk about secondhand goods today. This is a subject that sometimes people are uncomfortable with. They will donate to thrift stores but would never consider buying anything at these stores for themselves.

People have preconceived notions about those who go to thrift stores. I have received many strange looks when they ask me where I bought my clothes or things that I have gotten for my home. When you purchase what you consider to be brand new in a store it isn’t really brand new. Somebody tried it on. Somebody bought it, wore it, and brought it back to the store.

When I was a child, all of my clothes (except undergarments) came from a thrift store. So for me this was something normal because I didn’t know any different. Although I sometimes will purchase new clothes and home decor, I still go to thrift stores and can find some pretty amazing things.

Buying at thrift stores is a great way to recycle. Whether you buy clothes, housewares, home decor, etc., you are helping to reuse things that could end up in a landfill. You can recycle so many things and give them new life – maybe in a new way.

I challenge you to step into your local thrift store and check out all the interesting things you might find. Here’s a couple of tips to help you along the way –

Tip #1 – Expect the unexpected. We are so programmed to see multiples of the same product in a store that we lose sight of the uniqueness of the products we purchase. When you are in a thrift store everything is one of a kind (unless a business has donated merchandise), unique, and unexpected. You might be surprised to find brand names like Chanel, Michael Kors, Armani, etc. Finally get a pair of jeans that fit just right because they are broken in and oh so soft. Find that one of a kind milk glass bowl you’ve been wanting or a beautiful Lenox vase.

Tip #2 – Take your time looking around. Look beyond what you are looking at and see the potential in it. There are so many things you can find in a thrift store that can be used for something other than what you see. Take old frame and spray paint it a fun new color. Throw a tea party with a bunch of unique tea cups and floral plates. An old wedding dress – remove the beautiful lace and reuse as lace trim on a skirt or use in a DIY project.

I hope this inspires you to go to your local thrift store. Expect the unexpected. Save some money. Enjoy the hunt!

She considers a field and buys it; with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard. She dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong. She perceives that her merchandise is profitable. Her lamp does not go out at night.

Proverbs 31:16-18

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