Originally Posted by NORE
I appreciate those who offered honest answers. I wasn't looking down my nose on anyone, I was homeless and living in the streets for a time so I know what skid feels like. Only that made me want better for myself and my family. Also, the few thrift shops I've been to (after reading this thread early on) turned up pretty much zip and was chalked up to a waste of time. I was honestly wondering what drove some of you to frequent thrift stores. Was it that one item that you snagged that had you religiously going back in hopes of another awesome find? Are you broke? Just cheap?
When I started out I bought used shoes and clothing and treated them if as new. But that changed and I probably wouldn't go backwards. But if you can post on an internet site, either you can afford a computer and airtime (and a camera or phone with a camera), you can afford to rent airtime or you have a job and post there. Either way, I just wanted to know what drove you to do so and what is keeping you doing so.
I remember picking up cigarette butts from the ground and smoking them to the filter. Pretty nasty. I wouldn't do that now, though. See what I'm saying?
I just graduated from college and have my first full-time job, hopefully turning into a career, that requires me to dress rather well (suits and scs during the day, collared shirts and slacks to dinners, etc.). I have college loans to pay as well as other expenses so money is tight. I live where I work so the internet airtime as well as computer is provided. I don't have means to go to NM and purchase quality clothing as I would like to, but it is not worth it for me to go to Macy's and buy shirts that I would have to throw out after a few months of wear, therefore, putting me in a tough situation.
My mother was in a similar situation years and years ago, she got into thrifting and I kind of tagged along and noticed I was also able to pick up nice clothing for a small cost. In addition, there wasn't a ton of things to do around me, however, where I am located is one of the largest malls in America, so I grew up around nice clothing in a wealthier area and always wanted to dress well but have never had the means to. Again, leading me towards thrifts as well as discount stores such as Marshalls and TJ Maxx. I have snagged some nice things but most of the time I am looking for closet staples and clothing for me to wear at my job, although, sometimes I do find some nice items that I can sell and fill my gas tank for the week, because in all seriousness, every little bit helps.
I don't know if you were serious, but this is my serious answer.