Every time I mention how cool thrifting, secondhand items and SAVING MONEY doing it, is, I get this look from some people (my partner and my mother included).
Thrifters, you know that look. I know you do!
That wrinkled nose, half awkward smile, bared teeth like a beaver, and curled lip, all saying: No….
(Or some form of “No” anyway..)
But I just don’t get it.
We wear and reuse secondhand things ALL THE TIME.
Hotels wash (?) and re-use bedding, airplanes don’t re-do the seat covers, or get rid of the blankets on the seats every time a new butt plants itself down, and we are constantly re-using what someone else has touched or used before.
Restaurants wash and re-use cutlery, plates and glasses.
We wear rented bowling shoes.
So what’s our hangup with wearing secondhand items?
Well-washed, and cleaned, why not?
It helps reuse what is already made and existing in the world rather than buying something new, it saves us money, and it gives us access to items that we do not have the means to otherwise buy.
Sounds like a win-win-win all around to me.