Thrift: A Love Story.

Via Candice Garrett
on May 13, 2010
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The thrill of spending $6 at a smelly Salvation Army and finding three new favorite shirts.

When I was a kid, my mother used to drag us to the local Goodwill to look for bargains.

I would look around frantically, hoping, begging, that I wouldn’t be noticed, or that I wouldn’t see anyone I knew. Of course, in hindsight, if I had seen a friend, we probably would have been in the same boat.

So how is it now, so many years later, that I positively get a thrill out of thrifting? Usually the place smells like eau de cigarettes and is packed with people, so what is it? Maybe it’s the penny pincher in me, or perhaps the love of shopping. Where else can you find a hundred different styles on one rack? For the low, low price of $2.00? (And if you hit it right on half-price day? Score!)

Thrift Store pic

I recently went on vacation a few states away and the only souvenirs I brought home were three thrifted shirts. I paid $6.00 (total!) for them. Maybe you’re someone who gets a kick out of brands and logos. But that’s not me. I feel good knowing I found something that looks good, is in near-perfect condition, didn’t cost much and won’t contribute to any more waste.

It’s the epitome of those good ol’ three R’s: reduce, reuse, recycle—heck, even my five-year-old knows those.


About Candice Garrett

Candice Garrett is a yoga teacher, writer, foodie and mother of three from Monterey, California. She is author of "Prenatal Yoga: Finding Movement in Fullness," assistant to Female Pelvic Floor Goddess Leslie Howard and director of the Nine Moons Prenatal Yoga teacher training program. Candice teaches yoga, prenatal yoga and pelvic health with workshops nationally. You can find her teaching schedule at Candice Garrett Yoga or her love of food at The Yogic Kitchen


8 Responses to “Thrift: A Love Story.”

  1. I love going thrift-storing while on vacation!!! Funny, one of my favorite finds was in 1988 from a Thrift Store in Santa Cruz – I remember it well. A 1960s rust-brown suede a-line mini-skirt. I wore it constantly.

    I like giving, too. The store I give to the most out here – Savers.

  2. Candice says:

    we have a symbiotic relationship with our local thrift. Some comes in, some comes out.

  3. Good Will is my Saks Fifth Avenue. Some of my colleagues don't realize I shop at thrift stores and I get a lot of comments on my "trendy, stylish" clothing!

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