If you’ve ever been to a thrifter’s house, you’ll agree that it’s just like visiting a game hunter’s house: it’s littered with trophies. They like being thrifty! Here are 7 experiences every thrifter can relate to.
If you’ve ever been to a thrifter’s house, you’ll agree that it’s just like visiting a game hunter’s house: it’s littered with trophies. They like being thrifty. Instead of animals, they will share with you their tales of spendthrift. They’ll invite you to have a seat on their $20 couch, and pour you a drink in their stemware that was a quarter per glass at a yard sale. Thrifters are a special breed of people. They believe in going out and getting what they want, but don’t necessarily want to pay full price for. In the pursuit of a bargain, you can find them all over the place: flea markets, consignment stores, and salvation armies give them a thrill. Since they’re a particular people, thrifting provides them with a set of experiences that everyone who is trying to turn a penny can relate to.
7 Experiences Every Thrifter Can Relate To
1. Finding something brand new
While it isn’t as rare of an experience as one might think, finding a never used item is a thrifter’s greatest ambition. Why on earth would you ever go purchase something from a store when you can get it at a fraction of the price right here? If you compliment a thrifter on that item, they will be sure to tell you the story of when they found it and realized it “still had the price tags on it,” or it was “barely worn,” so be ready.
2. Wearing designer brands dirt cheap
The only thing that thrifters love better than something brand new is finding some designer or rare item up for sale. Bonus points if it is hiding among the lower priced items where no one realized what it was. It isn’t that they don’t care about designer clothing, they enjoy quality. What they are hoping to do through thrifting is increase the quantity of designer items they can afford.
3. Competitive shoppers eyeballing your goodies
So there you are, minding your own business, when the little old lady from an aisle over notices your good finds and comes creeping into the aisle to lurk behind you. Every time you put something down, she picks it up. This, folks is a classic case of cart envy, when a fellow thrifter becomes envious of your superior skills and shadows you throughout a store to benefit from your cast offs. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but in this case it is just annoying.
4. Refusing to buy items brand new
If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything. Seasoned thrifters have a difficult time paying to buy items brand new that they know they could find more cheaply at a thrift store. Some outright refuse to do so.
5. That familiar dusty smell
Next to the scent of their own home, the scent of second hand stores is ultra familiar. It is a mixture of old homes, dust, and the various smells of other people’s lives mingling together. A favorite part of the secondhand ritual is laundering those items ASAP to get rid of that smell.
6. Exaggerating your DIY skills
They’ve all been guilty of this one. They watch Pinterest, get too excited and then they think they are rehab experts! They are determined to go out and buy something blah and turn it into beautiful. That’s all well and good, but be prepared. It isn’t a savings if you have to go out and spend $100 in supplies to salvage a $25 bargain. Proceed with caution!
7. Swapping bargain stories with thrifty friends
Just like fishermen with tall tales, thrifty people LOVE to tell tales about their finds. Don’t believe me? Compliment one of them on a piece of clothing. Watch them beam with pride and regale you with a story about how they snatched it out of the hands of an old lady, scrambled to the cashier, and got it for $1.99. Their eyes gleam.
Being thrifty is more than a state of mind, it’s a lifestyle. How many thrifters do you know? Share your favorite thrift story in the comments!