Thrift Shop Taboo Turned Trendy

Long gone are the days of thrift shopping taboo. What was once looked down upon as a low-income activity has now been reborn as trendy and budget-friendly for people of all backgrounds and finances.
The benefits of thrift shopping continue to help the shopper, buyers, and the environment.
Kristen Favata, owner of Cliché Consignment of 100 Wyoming Avenue, Wyoming, makes shopping fun and affordable for her customers.
“Thrifting benefits the shopper because they can have the opportunity to wear designer clothing they normally can’t afford for a fraction of the retail price. You get more for your money,” Favata said.
“Sellers can turn their unwanted items into cash, which actually helps the environment by producing less waste and less material piling up in landfills.”
Kristen Favata notes that the quality of wear at Cliché Consignment is always exceptional.
“We look for items less than two years old because styles and trends do change. We look for items free of rips, tears, stains, odors, and discoloration. Also; items with ruffles, designs, and sequins tend to sell more than plain items. We keep our eyes out for those pieces.”
Favata states that she stays up-to-date with the latest fashion trends to keep her shop exciting for women.
In addition, Favata said that certain days are better to shop than others due to certain sales.
“We do a minimum sale of 20% on Wednesdays,” she explains, “but sales on the weekends differ so shopping remains fresh. We usually have four different ticket colors on sale each month ranging from 25-90% off.”
In the past, second-hand shopping was viewed in society as something primarily geared towards individuals of lower income. That theory has since been debunked with more and more individuals stepping up for the environment— and their wallets.
Shopping ethically has been on the rise since the “fast fashion” notion was introduced to society. Fast fashion is a modern term used to describe trends that sell cheaply and quickly from big buck corporations, often at the expense of underpaid laborers and children.
According to EcoWatch, an environmental news website, the clothing industry is a massive contributor to pollution.
By thrifting, consumers unknowingly create a cleaner planet. At an affordable price, we can all look great and live in a greener world.
Thrift shopper Jade Corazza shares why thrifting is so important in her shopping routine:
“Thrift shops have such a wide variety of styles, you really can’t go wrong. I like to buy flannels and graphic tees, so my options are endless. I prefer to thrift because I am a college student so money for me is tight.”
Corazza excitedly said that her favorite place to second-hand shop is the Salvation Army on Kidder Street in Wilkes-Barre.
“There is so much to look at I could spend few hours there. My favorite piece is the big, comfy sweater I bought from the men’s section. I wear them all through winter.”
Annette Ambruch, an avid thrift shopper at the Goodwill and Salvation Army states, “I love finding hidden treasures among things that people have ‘thrown away.’ It’s always super exciting to find a designer label among the Wal-mart and Kmart discards. Trendy items can definitely be found at thrifts – you just have to be at the right place at the right time.”

Anxiety- Overwritten and Misunderstood

I could write about the exhaustion anxiety has given me until the day I die and it wouldn’t crack the surface of how it feels everyday.

Front door. Back up. Did I turn the flat iron off?

Ok, I did. Check.

Survey the room- I’m ok.

But did I really shut it off?

Ok, I know I did. I can leave now.

But did I unplug that one cord? 

Back up. Recheck. Repeats ten times. 

Done.

Oh, you got into a minor argument with someone you care about? They said it’s ok. Don’t worry. You can relax, it’s really no big deal. 

Oh, but you got into an argument. Good job. You literally are the worst. Why are you so dumb? You couldn’t just think twice before you did that one dumb thing? 

They said it’s ok. I don’t have to cry about it. I can’t change things now. It was minor anyway. I apologized and now we can move on.

Ah, but we can’t. Keep it up, stupid. You are so awful. How could you treat someone like that? How could you do that?

It becomes so exhausting. The inner fighting, the crying, the no sleep. The finally-falling-asleep-then-waking-two-hours-later-to-a-screaming-mind. The never rested, the overworked, the underappreciated. 

I, myself, know that I deserve to feel whole. I have felt whole. But just like the days in our lives, we have good moments and we have bad moments. It just so happens that when the bad arrives, it’s usually really bad. 

The only way to get through the bad is to truck through it like a shitty marathon run you didn’t prepare for. 

Sometimes I glance at the lives of people I knew growing up and grow angry and jealous with the seemingly normal, fun lives they live. They don’t know what it’s like to live with an inner demon. They don’t know what it’s like to fight with yourself. They don’t get the prescriptions and the crying and the never ending dullness. 

And then I get mad at myself for thinking that these people don’t have demons. Everyone has a demon. Some are just less visible than others.

I don’t even know why I’m writing this. There’s people dying, starving children, crisis everywhere. And I’m upset because I can’t get my mind to shut up? I’m upset because I can’t stop crying when something slightly inconvenient or upsetting happens? I’m mad because I have to live every day like a play-by-play in order to stay sane?

Seems selfish.

But I guess it can go both ways.

I know there are worse problems. I know that there are people who have it worse than I do. It just so happens that I have bad days too. I’m allowed to feel like shit. But there’s a difference between dwelling in it and recognizing I have a problem. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, somewhere. 

They say that no good things come easy, so I hold onto that when the going gets tough. It really gets tough.

I am important. I am worth a good, healthy life. I am worth good days and I am worth bad days. 

It’s all tied into some weird life plan that I am ignorant to at the moment. 

I don’t have the answer for the impending anxiety. It’s an every day struggle that only I can take charge of. I will get there.

I hope that one day it goes away. But I would rather deal with it than see anyone deal with it.

Some days are harder than others, but those days are the ones that hold the most value.

I can do this. You can do this. 

We’ll be ok. 

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