Saturday, December 29, 2012

Second Hand Can Be Cool

     When I was in grade school is was not cool to have second hand clothes. That is all I had because we couldn't afford anything else, not that I understood this at the time. I was made fun of for wearing the same pants everyday. I had 3 pairs of the same color blue slacks that were given to me. I wasn't wearing the same ones everyday they just looked the same. Needless to say kids can be cruel. When I got my first job my senior year of high school I spent almost all of my extra money on new clothes. I was able to dress like the other kids for the first time in my life. Now that I am grown I hardly ever buy new cloths and I feel great! I have a nice fashionable wardrobe that is almost all second hand. I have learned that you can go to a thrift store and get all the same brands of clothes that you could get from the mall. Even though my husband makes a decent salary I love thrift store shopping because I can look cool and help our planet. Our whole family gets most of their clothes second hand. I feel like its a waste not to.

     I think it is funny how some people react to the idea of thrift store shopping. The only difference between now and when I was a kid is no one knows I shop at thrift stores in less I tell them. People are still just as weirded out at the idea of shopping second hand. Some wont even fiddle with the idea of going with me but are OK with the idea of garage sales (which is essentially the same thing). I tell them whats the point of buying a 30 dollar outfit for my daughter if all shes going to do it grow out of it in six months and I can get something equally as cute if not the same thing for 2 dollars at a thrift store. Buying new is just such a waste. I know that there would not be second hand stores if some people people did not buy new but there is so much at these stores that they could have more people buying second hand.

     I feel like its is such a waste of money to buy new clothes. You are not helping anyone that way either. The only store I have heard of that gives back to the community is Target and that's 5%. As if they couldn't afford to give more. The Arc thrift stores mission "is to enhance the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families". After retail operations, 100% of their profit is distributed to the Arc Chapters, Advocacy Denver and the Association for Community Living, all here in Colorado. So not only do I get a great deal I know I am helping my community by shopping there. 

     I like to donate to the thrift stores as well. It makes me feel good to know that it's not going to a landfill. I keep a container in my dinning room and when it gets full of things we don't want or need we take it down to donate. It's also a tax write off so make sure you inventory it and get a receipt. We keep our house from getting clutter, help our landfill and help our community. It a win,win, win!!!

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