Ten reasons why thrift stores are awesome, written by Katherine Martinko, discusses advantages of secondhand shopping. A few of these advantages weren’t on my radar until I read this article (shocking I know).
1. Thrift store items are typically higher quality simply by virtue of being there.
I’ve purchased items that look brand new. People picture thrift stores as grungy, dirty places, but they hardly ever are. By being on the racks, these clothes are notably durable because they’ve lasted through multiple owners. I’ve received dozens of compliments on my clothes. It’s funny when I see the look on people’s faces after revealing what I spent.
2. Thrift stores are an opportunity to develop your own unique sense of style.
You open yourself up to various styles when you’re secondhand shopping. Regular stores specialize in select styles and advertise to target markets. For example, Hot Topic is geared toward punk crowds, whereas Victoria Secret serves females. This is why thrift stores are special. They incorporate every kind of style into one place, which broadens their target market.
3. There are really fabulous finds on all the racks at a thrift store.
It takes a lot of patience to shop in thrift stores. This is because of the number of donations crammed into the racks and shelves. However, if you possess the virtue of patience and a good eye for style then you’ll discover some awesome treasures.
4. There are no hovering salespeople waiting to make a commission off your purchase.
One thing I dislike about department stores is being approached by salespeople. I know it’s their job, and they make commission off our purchases, but they tend to be annoying and abrasive. Shopping at a thrift store eliminates the nagging and lets you shop on your own without feeling like you’re being watched.