2. Persistence pays. Sometimes I go to the same Goodwill three times in one day. Why, you ask?
Between drop-offs at the backdoor and donation trucks constantly on the road, the merch changes every hour on the hour--you won’t see that rate of turnover at Neiman's or Saks! The revolving, ever changing inventory guarantees a cool fashion score for the patient but persistent thrifter.
3. Social Responsibility. Sure, most thrift stores support worthwhile causes and we can all feel good about that, but thrift shopping is also a form of recycling. When you buy an item it keeps it out of our country’s overflowing landfills. It's a local and sustainable form of business and you're keeping it green in two ways—recycling and saving the green in your wallet!
4. The Reward. I love finding great gifts and clothing for family and friends for pennies on the dollar! Fresh items you won’t find at the local department store. Recently, I found my Mom an Etro Italian dress for $7 that retails for $1200. She wore it on her Match.com date to the ballet tonight in Palm Beach. She looked fabulous!
5. Challenges the brain; spurs creativity. When you're out in the wild of a thrift shop you get bombarded with such a huge variety of items. The patterns, colors, and designs get the creative juices flowing. You can make a list of specific items you're looking for or you can freestyle it like me. It's fun to mix and match and create your own fabulous look.
6. Entertaining and social. Thrift shopping is very entertaining and social and the volunteers have become my friends. It's akin to a cocktail party without the cocktails. The volunteers get more excited than I when I raise a treasure in triumph.
7. The dopamine rush. Thrift shoppers are always happy and beam with pride as they walk out the door with their cherished loot. Good vibes all day and every day in thrift shops!
8. Low cost entertainment with bragging rights. It’s always fun when someone compliments me on my outfit. I say with a smile, Thank you very much! I bought it at the Goodwill. Was it yours? Then of course I tell them how much I saved verses the retail price. As Macklemore says, I've got $20 in my pocket and I'm going thrifting! With the discounted prices you can have a blast with a $20 bill!