Are you ashamed to purchase clothes at thrift shops?

United States
October 27, 2008 9:18pm CST
I don't have a problem at all to shop at thrift shops. Its cheap and you never know what you can find! I'm all about dressing different, and that's very easy to do with some of the things you can find. Some people are embarrassed to buy used clothes, but saving money doesn't embarrass me at all.. Do you ever shop at thrift stores? Or do you prefer the mall?
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@keasling (724)
• United States
28 Oct 08
I love to shop at resale and thrift stores. I have gotten name brand clothing in GREAT shape for at an even better price. You just can't beat the deals you can find.
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@lisa0502 (1726)
• Canada
28 Oct 08
I am for sure a thrift store shopper. I just love going there to get clothes. And when you have to clothe 7 people it sure does save a whole lot of money especially when you are on a budget.
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• Philippines
28 Oct 08
no i don't. on the contrary, i feel proud when i get a good find from a thrift shop. i even like to compare how much i saved by not buying the item in a mall.
• Lubbock, Texas
28 Oct 08
The time it takes to look through clothes at a thrift store is well spent. Your pocket book will thank you and you'll look wonderful without the huge expense.
@lynnemg (4539)
• United States
28 Oct 08
If it weren't for thrift stores and second hand stores, etc. , I think my family would be in trouble. We might have to all go undressed..LOL. The prices of things, espaecially clothes, are just too high to afford for my family. I frequently go to those stores for clothes, and other bargains. It doesn't bother me one bit.
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• United Kingdom
28 Oct 08
It's not very nice I know but yes, I am ashamed of going into thrift shops! I know that when you buy from those places the money goes towards a good cause. The funny thing is, I don't have the money to buy new clothes either! So, what do I do? I save up for the one item of clothing that I want and then I do the same for each and every item after that. I'm not worried how long this takes. I suppose everyone has their preferences. I should stop worrying about what people think really, I have a weakness for that. Andrew
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• United States
28 Oct 08
I had never been to one until last week, when I was looking for some clothes to go with my son's Halloween costume. I was pleasantly surprised at what I found there! Nice shoes, jackets, snowpants, etc. I will definitely go back when I need something! It also inspired me to clean out our closets and make a donation.
• United States
28 Oct 08
nope.i don't have a problem with it at all. my mom used to work for one,and she said most of the time the clothes that come in haven't even been used-the local stores dump a lot of merch when the season changes. so,you can get brand new for next to nothing at least part of the time.
• United States
28 Oct 08
Thrift stores are a great place to find great clothing (and not so great clothing). It is definitely worth sifting through the items on the racks. I think that thrift stores have a negative view because they are often viewed as for lower classes. However, there are more and more people shopping in name brand second hand stores. What they fail to realize is that they might be getting a good deal on their favorite Tommy Hilfiger items, but they could probably find it in a thrift shop for 1/3 of the cost that they are paying for it in the name brand second hand store. I am certainly a fan of saving money as well! It is especially true when it comes to finding clothing for our son. Who wants to pay full price for something he is going to out grow very quickly?
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@mimico (3619)
• Philippines
28 Oct 08
Not at all. I'm always up for bargains, so when I buy something that's really cheap, I wear it proudly. My friends are sometimes amazed that I can pull off something super cheap. I'll buy anything on sale as long as it's brand new, in good condition, and fits right. I like going to malls and bazaars too. :)
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@Tianna2 (1274)
• United States
28 Oct 08
Hi Emilyheartbreak, I actually enjoy going through thrift shops just to see what they have this week. There are a lot of cute items that people discard that you can snag onto fairly cheap. The only real problem I have with them is sometimes you can find the same items at some discount stores brand new for less. I guess they dont always train the people that price things very well but there are always good deals if you look for them. Cheers, Tianna
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@jerzgirl (8030)
• Gloucester City, New Jersey
28 Oct 08
If it weren't for thrift stores, I'd probably be wearing an orange jumpsuit from having had to go around naked. Virtually all of my clothes are second-hand or incredibly cheap through eBay or some closeout sale at Kohl's, but mainly second-hand. I can't afford off the rack prices, so I go where I can get what I can afford. I'll admit, it's harder to find larger sizes at a thrift store because we tend to wear our clothes until we can't any more, but I do manage to pull it off and have actually made some really nice finds. When my kids were little and my son was just starting to want certain labels so he'd "fit in", I made sure he knew how expensive they were. But, when a large re-sale store opened in the area, we went there and they had so many of the labels he wanted. So, I made a deal with him - he could have his labels when I had the money, but that's where we'd have to get them. No one at school needed to know where he bought them and we'd make sure they looked fairly new. Of course, they were still new to him and he felt like he was one of the kids without making Mom broke in the process. And, as fast as kids grow out of their clothes, why in the world would I want to pay exorbitant prices they might only wear a month or so?
@jamesgrub (673)
• United States
28 Oct 08
i can honestly say that i am not ashamed of shopping at thrift stores but i don't. its not that im against it, its just that when i was younger i would always shop there and now i just don't. if i could find something i like yeah i would buy it im not against it. but most of the time i get clothes online or from a retail store but it really doesn't matter as long as it looks good.
• Philippines
5 Nov 08
i normally go to the mall but i vosot thrift shops now and then...i've bought a lot of auality stuff there. i used to buy my kids' clothes there when they were young and growing so fast...whenever i have the budget, of course i'd buy them new ones and go to the mall, but when the budget is tight, i go to thift shops....i dont see anything wrong about that at all...i pity those who are ashamed of being who they really are.
@taripres (1499)
• United States
5 Nov 08
PSSH, NOPE! I'm ashamed to spend $60 on a pair of pants, no shirt! I don't have any problem finding the most economic way to get sumn done, long as it's worth it! Taripre$
@chiaeugene (2226)
• China
29 Oct 08
no. i have no problem with it. i also shop arounf thrift shops or sales corner in the boutiques. clothing is an area where i know that they are definitely not worth the money you paid for unlike others like electronics products etc. This is because the cost of clothing is very much lower than their selling price and normally the profits is at least 3-4 times their cost price, some even as much as 8-10 times. so i do not want to buy regular clothings paying 200-300 for it knowing that it may only cost 20-30 to produce it and why should i let them earn so much. so i would hunt around and even my wife is influence by me. now she also shop smartly and she knows that the clothings in boutique are marked up way too high and she also felt that she has wasted a lot of money buying them previously.
• United States
29 Oct 08
I love me a good thrift shop, or even better a yardsale!!! Also sometimes my friends and I will swap closets, lol....There is no shame in being thrifty! We have a great shop here called Plato's Closet that carries Aeropostle and Old Navy, and they sell them for a fraction of the price...I even found a pair of Seven jeans there for $20.00!! The mall is for people that have money, lol, and I have none of that!!
• United States
29 Oct 08
Not at all. I would rather spend lots of time, browsing around although in the end I didn't buy anything. At least I know that the store does not have what I need.
@Galena (9123)
29 Oct 08
why would anyone be ashamed?
@robert19ph (4584)
• Philippines
28 Oct 08
hello emilyheartbreak, No problem at all. For me, it's better to buy in thrift stores than in the mall for the fact that it's cheaper there, the clothes there are branded and it's one of a kind. Aside from that, the quality there is much better. You just need to wash them well and it will look like a brand new already, it's just slighty used anyway. I will shop in the mall if I will buy for a gift but if it's for me or for my family I rather do it in the thrift stores. I'm giving my contact number to the thrift stores so they can contact me if they have brand new or something that I like for me and for my family.