Maybe you haven't taken the plunge into thrift-store shopping yet. That's okay, take your time. It's a learned skill, but know that you are missing some serious fun and bargains. It's like a treasure hunt for grown-ups.
You know what first sucked me into it? Jean shopping. I loathe that chore because a) I feel like I should be wearing a certain size, but every single tag seems to be saying otherwise, and b) jeans that feel good just cost too much. A friend clued me in to the notion that thrift store jeans are heads and shoulders (or legs and ankles! HA!) above their new counterparts.
For starters, thrift-store jeans are already washed and worn. They have likely shrunk all they're going to shrink. Also, they're not stiff and crinkly, which means you get a better feel for how they really fit. They're nicely faded and vintage-looking. AND (let's not forget the important part) they're CHEAP. I went to the thrift store on half-price day last week (and let us pause to appreciate the pathological cheapness of that previous phrase), and I found a pair of like-new Ann Taylor jeans for $3. THREE DOLLARS. So get over yourself with the whole thrift-store hang-up and get thee to one right now. I promise, you'll be bitten by the bug. I mean the thrift store bug, not the dust mite bug, although you might be bitten by that too, but that's why we have laundry detergent, right?
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