Given that you don’t have unlimited time OR an unlimited budget, how do you make thrifting work for you? Has your thrifting changed as you’ve gotten better at it? Unlike your younger self, you can’t spend your life in cut-offs that ‘sort of fit’. So how do you find good stuff without spending a parcel of time and money on near misses?
If you’re a secondhand shopper, chances are you thrift at least in part for the monetary savings. But what if the allure of inexpensive, quality finds is actually causing you to spend more?
Reader Ginna from Feet Chic and I recently convened a digital conversation about how much our beloved thrifting habit costs us. In this wide-ranging conversation, we cover how we got into thrifting, how we think about hits/misses, and blowing our retirement funds, and much more. Take a read through Part 1 below – and scroll down to chime in!
Ginna: Here’s the question I sometimes mull over — do I actually save money thrifting? Granted, my thrift finds are pricier now that I live in NY (for example, a pair of jeans that retails for $150 might be $25 here). But I still think happily all the time what great deals I get. (I probably spend $100/month thrifting clothes, but it’s a hobby for me, so it comes out of my discretionary budget.)
Leah: I definitely agree with you re: discretionary spending and it being a hobby. I’ve been thinking about scaling my habit back to be able to put more money towards social justice/charitable causes…. Though of course Goodwill is a good cause!
From your perspective, what are the pros/cons of spending your clothing $$ on thrifting?