For a long time now, thrift shopping has been a big part of my life. As a budget conscious 25 year old living in a very expensive city, thrifting has really been the most cost effective way to keep my closet and outfits feeling fresh. But recently, I've decided to take a break.
About a year ago I launched my Youtube channel; I post everything from beauty routines to trip vlogs to monthly favourites. Some of my favourite videos to make so far have definitely been thrift hauls. I show viewers the process of going through the racks, trying on items, what I end up buying and how much they each cost, then how I would style those pieces with what I already own. I really like the idea of showing people that you can find really cool and often trendy pieces second hand, and that you don't have to break the bank trying to keep up with the rapidly changing fashion world.
The issue is, I started buying everything that I thought was cool without keeping my personal style in mind. While shopping, I would come up with with these crazy outfit ideas that I would have so much fun putting together, but would rarely actually wear IRL. As you could imagine, after a few trips to the thrift store with that mentality, my closet was then filled with really cool pieces, but none that I ever actually wanted to leave the house in. So I'm sure now you can see why taking a break from thrifting was much needed, at least until I figured out a new game plan.
I recently found myself in a local thrift shop with Pat. I wasn't really looking through any of the racks, but this yellow slip skirt found its way into my line of vision. It was the first time in a long time that I was finding a piece in a thrift store that really just felt like me. I didn't have to think about what I would wear it with, I just kind of knew it would work. Kind of like in a rom-com where the lead actor comes across their soulmate and they just know they're the one, ya know? It was like that.
Finding this skirt was really the perfect reminder to me of what shopping should be like, thrift or not. There really shouldn't be the question of can I make this work, because often times if you need to think about it, it's likely not very 'you' and you probably won't get much wear out of it. SO, new thrifting game plan: only buy things that give me the butterflies in my stomach, love at first sight, happily ever after feelings that we can expect out of a PG13 movie starring someone like Julia Roberts.