Someone recently said to me, you must spend a lot of time in thrift shops in order to be able to blog as often as you do about things you find. The answer to that seems obvious – yes.
I’m in a thrift shop once a week for sure, because I volunteer, although I don’t always have time to shop when I’m there since I’m busy working.
But thrift shopping is also a favourite past-time, so I’ll pop in at a different thrift shop on my way home from work or spend an hour or two on a day off trawling through shops.
Whenever I can, I visit thrift shops when I’m travelling because it’s so interesting to see what kinds of things are donated in different parts of the province, country, world. It’s also interesting to me to learn about the different charities that are supported by each thrift shop I visit.
When people tell me they never find anything at thrift shops, I tell them that’s likely because they don’t spend enough time at it. I think that we almost need to rename it ‘thrift treasure hunting’ because that’s really what it is. “Shopping” implies that you’re going out to get what you want but that doesn’t always happen when you thrift shop and you can’t go thrift shopping with that attitude. Thrifting requires a paradigm shift – you don’t go to get what you want, you go to see what you will find and that means that sometimes you won’t find anything at all.
But other times… well, that’s the thrill isn’t it? Other times you find treasures!
What’s been your thrifting experience? Found any treasures lately?
I’m hooking up with Apron Thrift Girl, who always does a Thrift Share Monday – check that out to see what other treasure hunters have found.