I like thrift stores. I like browsing through lots of different items and trying to find a good deal.
In case you didn’t know, I actually used to work at a secondhand clothing shop called Plato’s Closet, which is a clothing chain that buys and sells gently used clothing for young adults. I worked there for many years, starting as a sales associate and eventually becoming a manager. Due to working for several years at a secondhand shop, I love a good deal, and it’s still hard for me to pay full price for clothing. We saw lots of high-quality clothing and brand name accessories coming in and being sold for a fraction of the price you would see at a traditional retail store.
Buying secondhand doesn’t just save you a ton of money, it prevents waste and lessens the number of things piling up in landfills.
I think we are all aware that we are throwing things into landfills at alarming rates, and shopping secondhand can be one of many ways to make a difference.
However, that's not how some people see shopping at thrift stores, especially if you have a high income.
I have actually been told that I shouldn’t shop at thrift stores or use discounts (such as coupons), because those are only for “poor people.” [Read more…]