1. You save a heap of money on stuff you could have bought new in a retail outlet
2. Buying products already in circulation is good for the environment (recycling)
3. It's fun to hunt for treasures
...some might say however, there is a fine line between thrifting, and hoarding.
I'm sure many of us like to buy things which bring a wave of memory and nostaglia; a hungry hippo's game, a pair of 70's flares, or a walkman perhaps. Things which spark our childhood memory, and happy thoughts. My fellow thrifters, do you buy things you really need or things you merely want. Because sometimes, it can all get a bit too much can't it?
You know when your wardrobe is getting out of control when you start doubling (or tripling) up your clothes on coat hangers, your shoes are falling out of your wardrobe door, and you have an ironing pile big enough to accommodate a second wardrobe.
The key, my fellow thrifters, is to monitor one's possessions carefully, and de-clutter frequently. One tactic would be to rid at least one old possession, when buying something (second-hand) new. Buying a nice vintage crockery set is all very well, but could you donate one of your existing crockery sets to the charity shop you will no longer use? An op-shopping spree may leave you with a bag of new clothes, but could you go through your wardrobe, and donate a bag of your older clothes you have not worn for 18 months?
This, readers, is coming to you from a lady holding on to:
A 70's inspired Karen Millen faux fur jacket, a gift, last outing 1999
A pair of pink cowboy boots (yes, pink), purchased @ flea market, last outing 2004
A pair of vintage 60's ankle boots, purchased @ market, last outing 2003
A Dolce & Gabbana shirt, purchased @ charity shop, last outing 2006
A Carla Zampatti shift dress, purchased @ op shop in 2008, never worn
"And the rest" Says Mr RF
And let's not forget that suitcase filled with fabric and patterns.
Thrifting-collecting-hoarding. Very fine line...