Earlier this past week my son wrote on a white board …”The Thrift Life Chose us, we did not Choose It”. I instantly fell in love with that sentence. Thrifting really did choose us. It literally changed our lives. I have spent the past 49 years spending no less than $80 on a blouse; not to mention bottoms, dresses and shoes. An average outfit cost me $200 plus. Why? I was addicted to name brand clothing and the idea of making others rich, while I go deeper into debt.
I don’t exactly remember when thrifting became my friend. She slowly and quietly came upon me over a period of two years.
As a mixed media artist, I would go to thrift stores to buy “treasure” for my abstract art addiction. I would never go near the clothing. But one night in the year of 2014, I dreamed about operating a thrift store. Since I was busy in ministry and traveling as a missionary, I ignored the dream. But the dream did not ignore me.
The needs at the school we support in Kenya were increasing and money was decreasing. And the thrift store was upon my heart again. So I started visiting thrift stores with a different perspective. The grace of God gave me the desire to look beyond my art focus and see the stores. It was like a light came on in my brain and I saw everything as amazing treasure.
I wanted in! I talked to many thrifters and thrift store owners. I prayed for guidance and the thrift life became a very close friend. It was the answer to the crisis in Kenya and in my local community.
As you already know…..thrifting is a game changer in so many ways. Thrifters get to buy a $5 North Face jacket, that the previous owner paid $149 or more for. As thrifters, we pay that $5, then take it to the cleaners for $3.75 and it’s like new. And we ROCK IT! ☺️. You do the math.
The Thrift Life introduced me to Do It Yourself (DIY) projects and I love it! Many Thrifters buy furniture, frames, books, toys, jewelry and much more, and literally transform the items.
I did not choose the thrift life, it chose me and I am so glad it did. If you have not tried it, it’s time to go thrifting. Grab a friend and give it a try. If you are in Garner NC area, check us out at 322 McCormick Street. Our store is clean, neat, smells nice and so much fun! The merchandise is awesome and inexpensive. Check out our sister store in Cary, NC.
Until next time….CHOOSE THRIFTING!