Secondhand shopping is 100%, no contest, my favorite way to shop. Whether you’re in a DollarThrift, antique store, charity shop, flea market, or curated vintage boutique, I absolutely never get tired of the thrill unearthing a gem, and dreaming of where it could have come from.
Think of all of the benefits:
huge selection of options,
the thrill of the hunt,
truly unique pieces,
saving clothing from landfills,
extending the life of a garment,
not being pigeonholed into what is currently “trendy” and available at regular stores,
saving money for yourself,
supporting businesses that are often independent and/or have a charity arm,
collecting treasures that feel not only yours, but also connected to someone that came before you….
It’s basically unbeatable. Uncovering this denim jacket DREAM a couple weeks ago at a Buffalo Exchange reminded me again why I love secondhand so much. This jacket is originally from a store I’d never shop (Express), and after some digging I found out it would’ve been WAY more money than I’d spend at retail ($118…nope!). But I’m obsessed with the flowered embroidery, the stiff boxy fit, and the collar that seems stuck in a popped position. When I first wore it out, I discovered the pockets had some sand in them, and I immediately started dreaming of someone wearing this denim jacket laying on Baker beach by a campfire, roasting marshmallows, reading some brutal romance set in the 60s. Who knows where this gem came from, but I love her, and I love imagining the life she lived before me. (Coincidentally, I was wearing this jacket on Baker Beach several days later when Trevor asked me to marry him. ❤️)