We Shop Thrift, Do You?
A while back I was looking over some mothers chatting about where they shop, and I watched one mother who does the same as me get crucified for not buying all brand new stuff for her kids.
I was kind of shocked about all the hating on thrifty moms. They threw around insults like their kids would look homeless, or they wouldn’t fit in because they wouldn’t have the newest styles.
My son over there to the right was stylin’ on his first day of school (and every day after) and we did the vast majority of his school shopping in thrift stores. Button down shirts, polos, funny t-shirts and character shirts with some of his favorites like Lightening McQueen and the crew from Toy Story. Not once has someone looked at the way we cloth our kids and even suggest we shop second hand.
The same goes for my husband and I. The majority of our clothes come from thrift stores, especially in the last 20-ish months. With drastic weight loss in both of us (a total of about 80 pounds between the two of us, and counting!) we have been dropping jean sizes like WHOA.
Have you seen the price of a pair of short jeans at Old Navy recently? Yeah, I am not paying $45 for a pair of jeans I may not be able to wear in a couple months! Of course I scored three pairs for the price of one right after Christmas, but if there isn’t a sale, I am searching the racks at the second hand store. Ann Taylor Loft, Gap, Old Navy, Levi… whatever. I have them all and I paid no more than $8 for a pair of jeans.
Occasionally we will buy a new shirt or two. But the majority of our stuff comes second hand.
In fact, I have really always been like this. Because I have always had the love for a good deal, and I was raised frugally. It is just part of who we are as a family.
It doesn’t make us bad parents or challenged in the style department. It doesn’t make people who go out and pay full price or buy designer clothes for hundreds of dollars better… it just makes us all different.
Hand me downs aren’t child abuse, and our kids don’t know the difference between a shirt from Savers or a brand new shirt from Target. It is all the same for them.