adventures in thrifting

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In case you haven’t heard, thrifting is in. Not only is it more environmentally friendly than purchasing from fast fashion retailers, thrifting is typically much less expensive than buying brand new clothing. People are crazy sometimes; they will donate anything and everything they no longer want cluttering up their homes, so get out there and start searching for some hidden gems.

where to go

One of my favorite places to thrift is good old-fashioned Goodwill. Admittedly, it does take a bit of searching to find something good, but believe me, it’s worth the effort. Many people exclusively associate thrifting with clothing items, but Goodwill has a plethora of other goods as well, namely household furnishings. On our last trip alone, my roommates and I bought ourselves a side table, a coffee pot, and a puzzle (for about 10 dollars total, mind you).

Another personal favorite thrifting hotspot is Plato’s Closet. The thing that initially drew me to Plato’s is the fact that they buy (!) your clothes from you rather than just accept donations as most thrift shops do. Plato’s is a little more high end, so they can be picky when it comes to the apparel they accept, but on the flip side you don’t have to as intensively rifle through the racks to find something cute. You’d be hard pressed to walk out of Plato’s without buying at least one thing.

what you’ll find

I could go on for days about the absolute TREASURES I have found on my outings to Goodwill. The sheer number of cozy winter sweaters I now own thanks to that establishment is astronomical. I keep my bright red cardigan (think Mister Rogers) on the hook by my bedroom door for easy grabbing and I’m wearing a light blue cable-knit pullover as I write this, a la Goodwill.

So yes, I have found a lot of cute, functional clothing at Goodwill, but the real fun begins when you find the funny stuff. Some personal favorites of mine include my Larry the Cable Guy shirt (“Wanted for shootin’ a deer at the zoo!”) and my Transformers shirt that is meant for 9-year-old boys but I think I make it work.

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