Shop Thrift at Thrift Shops

I can’t remember the last time I bought something new to wear. I bought a few new things for our honeymoon (see how that turned out here), but I rarely shop to buy new clothes. There’s something so compelling about walking into a thrift store, never knowing what you’ll find, but expecting to be inspired. I do it for many reasons, but mostly because I love finding beauty in things someone else threw away.

Here are my favorite reasons to shop thrift:

1. Your house will look like yours- not anyone else’s.

I don’t sign up for Pottery Barn catalogs. They’re gorgeous, and in brief spurts I love things that match and don’t have scratches or dents. But that’s dangerous for two reasons: it’s not me, and it tugs on my heart to spend more money than Kyle has I have. So I pick things that have a story and that inspire me to creativity.

2. It makes me learn new things.

I learned how to re-cover an old chair, not by taking a class, but by trial and error in my own little space. I’m learning to hand embroider because I love Anthropologie but I can’t afford their tea towels. I make pillows out of old scarves because I love the fabric and the total project costs $3.84.  Thriftcore says it like this: The “if only” forces some creativity on your part to create the perfect item. Suddenly you remember how to sand, paint, and use the saw. You’re a creator again. And the more creativity you use, the more you have. So says Maya Angelou, and so say I.

3. It’s cheap.

I never want to pay more than $3.99 for a shirt again. And thanks to people who tire of their clothes, I’ll never have to.

Tomorrow: the pledge we’ve taken as a married couple to buy used things and a list of things we’ll never buy new. In the meantime, get inspired at Thriftcore and ReadyMade.

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13 thoughts on “Shop Thrift at Thrift Shops”

  1. Hey GG! You need to include some of your favorite places to thrift-store-shop in Oklahoma and Dallas so we can all try it! Love reading your blog and miss you!

    1. I always made 4 very regular stops in Stillwater: Saint Andrews on 3rd, and then Goodwill, Karman Korner (my favorite), and Elite Repeat. Salvation Army is also good, and I hear there's a new shop on 12th and Main called 1st Dibs. The Antique Mall is always really fun, but things there are more expensive, so just be prepared. Also, check out Awards and Moore for used furniture and trinkets- they always have new stuff!

      Dallas has been less helpful in finding me places to explore. But if Stillwater has that many shops, they've got to be here somewhere. 🙂 Any suggestions?

  2. Yes, I'm finally caught up on all your posts!! I've learned a lot and laughed a lot! Thank you for your creative and funny posts. Love you both!!

  3. I love thrift stores too! But sometimes I get frustrated if its hard to search through stuff. You are so gifted with everything you find. I wish I had your talent, Jen!

  4. ok, so I dont really know you very well, but I feel like I need to connect you with another blog "friend"…you know kinda like you are a blog "friend"..we both blog..that's how we are friends. But, her cute idea for a weekly meal planner made me think of you and I think you guys have similar style…you know the "see potential in anything and make it amazing and something that the rest of us covet" kind of style! I so enjoy your blog and while not married yet, I love the idea of your wedding and what you guys are accomplishing here!

    Here's her blog: http://aroundthewhitehouse.blogspot.com/2010/07/w
    And, here's my blog: http://www.bigpittstop.blogspot.com/ – I started it two years ago when I was diagnosed with cancer as kinda a "project" concept. I wanted to keep my friends and family in tune with all that was going on. It was such a great source of therapy and I just keep it going now with all the weird things that make up me (and my life)!

  5. you're speaking my language, lady! i don't remember the last time i bought new clothes/home decor. for you OKC people out there…. the Goodwill on macarthur and 50th is my absolute favorite. 🙂

  6. I truly appreciate the shout-out for Thriftcore. (And for including me in the same sentence with the almighty ReadyMade!) I love this tidy, well-written and organized blog. I'll check back for more updates!

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