I’ve been trying to live a minimalist lifestyle so I could have more of what is only important for me and less of what I don’t really need in my life. Another reason for me to change my lifestyle is my finances. I’d like to spend my hard earned money wiser and create a balance between my wants and needs.
Most of my clothes, if not given to me are bought from bazaars or at boutiques inside the mall. If you are a bazaar or a mall shopper, styled clothes ranges from Php300 to Php750 depending on the brand, where you bought it, if it was on seasoned sale or sold at a discounted price.
A minimum wage earner might shop for a piece or two every cutoff in that price range if they don’t have a lot of financial responsibility in their household. But because I really want to try something new and wanted it to have a double impact in my finances and my wardrobe, I tried thrift shopping for the first time!
This idea of thrift shopping came into me when I was watching and looking for ways on how to spend my money wiser online. My decision solidified when I saw famous Youtubers and a lot of online influencers doing the same thing. There are also influencers whose niche is how to be thrifty and some are really proud to broadcast that 75% of the stuffs inside their closet are thrifted. Which made me think that it’s not a bad thing to try after all.
Then there I was roaming around inside the most accessible thrift store from my place. It’s a store I pass by every day to and from work with no intentions of checking before, until I decided trying to go minimalist. I felt like the store was really there for me to pay a visit one day.
So how was my experience? I did a little research on what to expect when thrift shopping and how to thrift shop before I scheduled my shopping day. Maybe I’ll make a blog of how to thrift shop after 10 more times of shopping and trying different stores from different locations. For now, I’d like to share my humble experience.
The first thing I noticed when I entered the store is the smell of all the clothes hanged on the racks that was pulled out from their packed boxes and sleeping state. It doesn’t smell bad at all but you will really feel like you entered a different dimension because of the air. Maybe the cause of the strong smell was because the lack of ventilation of the store. Another reason might also be because the store wasn’t only selling clothes, but also bags, shoes and other accessories. Heavens, I sneezed for several times while checking the racks.
The clothes are priced differently, tops, shorts, jeans, sweat pants and skirts are categorized and priced accordingly. When the store is on sale, which was a lucky day for me when I visited, a lot of the clothes were sold for 3 pieces for Php100. The second time I visited with my friend which was just a week after, they were selling 4 pieces with the same price!
Most of the clothes looked fashionably decent with a very inexpensive and affordable price tag. I think the only investment that you really need when thrift shopping is time and patience. Why? Because you will have to go through all the racks before you find hiding treasures. My friend went shopping galore and bought 12 clothes for only Php300!
My technique was to hoard, select then pay. Hoard all the clothes that simply catches your eyes or interest. After hoarding, select the clothes that you like and will complement the ones that you already have at home before paying. Make sure to check if the seams and fabric are still in tack and in good condition before lining up at the counter. One of my tip is to avoid anything pure white.
For me, 9 decent clothes for a price of 1 made me feel like a shopping goddess! Now let me show you some of the clothes that I thirfted and have been wearing to office ever since rainy season started:
Until my next blog! Thank you for reading!