Inspired to Thrift

My visit to the small town of Jefferson, TX inspired an addictive habit to pop back up: my need to shop. Luckily now my shopaholic syndrome is balanced by a head for budgeting and a mantra of spending on experiences – but thrifting let’s me get away with everthing.

I never spend a lot of money and the hunt for treasures is always a good time.

The last couple of years, I’ve been very into thrifting for homewares and furniture. Ever since I started traveling, I’m all about thrifting clothes. I want to go a lot of different places and not have on the same outfit (like some weird cartoon character). I also want to be able to say I got my whole outfit for under twenty bucks. Ah, the pride of a bargain.

While in Jefferson, I was on the lookout for a simple vase, but of course I came away with some clothes instead. One of the shops had a special rack sale where everything was fifty cents. I got two floral tops and some jeans I’m working on DIYing. The thrifting in Jefferson was pretty great!

That is the other thing – thrifting offers you an opportunity to try some DIY projects. I’ve been able to accomplish top trends just by making it myself with a cheap foundation. Vintage denim is perfect for making into high-waisted shorts and you can add embroidery to almost any plain shirt for a cool effect.

I could go on and on, but here’s some quick tips to end it.

  1. Look through everything! Especially the men’s section, where some might stay away – lots of great denim, coats, and graphic tees to be found.
  2. Have some general ideas or inspo before you go so you can have a keener eye on what you’re looking for. (But don’t get set on something too specific!)
  3. Be patient. Sometimes when I’m in too much of a rush, I get frustrated. There will be days when you look for an hour and find nothing. Luckily, just looking can be fun for me!
  4. Bring hand sanitizer. Sometimes things feel pretty grimy, and a lot of the home goods haven’t been touched in ages.

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