3 Reasons Why You Need To Stop Thrift Buying

No, this is not an anti post. By all means, do what you do.

Hello, how are you today? This weekend I re-arranged my stuff and noticed that as of this moment that I’m writing this, I only have 3 pieces of jumpsuit, 6 dresses, 1 pair of pants, and 3 shirts. Also, I only have 1 pair of shoes, and as I went about my day I came to a realization. I only buy new stuff. Yes, only new clothes, and in this age of rising sustainable living transitions, something is not adding up.

Although, I have tried buying thrift clothes once I never did it again. I used the clothes a few times but I don’t know, they don’t feel like mine and I kept thinking about the past owner like, who is she, where does she live, is she even still alive? What the heck.

1. Previous Owner Problem

Am I a second-third or maybe fourth owner? Who owned the items before? What are they like? What is their personality? Are they hygienic? Are they wealthy people who got rid of unused pieces or are they just well, Marie-Kondo-ing their closet and de-cluttering? Where did they get those clothes that came into my possession in the first place anyway?

2. Current Clothing Condition Problem

Can I get a disease from this? What if I get NCovid?

3. Minimalist Mindset Shift

Now, this is confusing. “We thought you have impulsive spending issue?“, is what I expect you all to say about this. Yes, but get this. I went all out and bought some pieces online as the Enhanced Community Quarantine here in the Philippines kicked in but what I had in mind though was not to add items in my closet but a total transformation of my wardrobe. Before the quarantine happened, I had my items packed for donation and was left with almost nothing.

I bought pieces made of quality, and hopefully organic materials and removed my previous fast-fashion hauls in my closet. I want to slowly slide into a minimalist living but also, sustainable. Why slowly because my bank will not allow it in just a snap. We all know, sustainable pieces whether it be home decor or clothing are rather pricey especially brand new ones compared to their competitors in the market. But, what does this have to do with buying thrift clothes?

Yes, thrift clothes are sustainable and yes, this is one of those tiny solutions we can take part in to save the planet as it lessens our carbon footprint but get this, buying second-hand items with the mindset of a consumerist (more and more) is not helping.

Buying second-hand items with the mindset of a consumerist (more and more) is not helping.

How can we be a part of the solution if even though we are thrift shopping, we always end buying more than what we need?

Basically, Mental Issue

Tiny solutions are popping up in every part of the world, although small but will affect the overall situation of the planet if we all participate in it. Buying thrift clothes, for example, to get the full solving potential of this solution, we must also get our mindset right and check what type of consumers we are.

I’m not saying we all jump into minimalism but, mindfully, try to at least think about it whenever we click that Add To Cart button. Sleep on it before making the jump.

Mindfully, try to at least think about it whenever we click that Add To Cart button. Sleep on it before taking the jump.

By any means, I am not persuading anyone to stop thrift shopping if this is what you do. Please understand that this is coming from someone who is always anxious about everything. If you are in the same boat as I am then these 3 reasons why I stay away from thrift buying may apply to you too, I think.

Stay safe everyone. Lovelots.


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14 thoughts on “3 Reasons Why You Need To Stop Thrift Buying

  1. You do sound a bit confused haha! I think what you’re saying is that you want to build a capsule wardrobe? With timeless, tailored (or tailored-looking) pieces? I think that’s a great idea and that’s how my entire wardrobe is too.

    I don’t have much space either and also don’t enjoy shopping, meaning I only get something new if something else is falling apart. I don’t shop much and I’m happy with that. Less stuff to get attached to and build mental crutches on. Anti fragility FTW.

    During quarantine, I got rid of a lot of stuff myself because they were worn out/had holes/ out of shape / hand me downs that didn’t fit my aesthetic, and like you I realised: I hate wearing second hand. Doesn’t feel like mine. And thrift shopping never worked for me either because thrift shops tend not to have those high quality, timeless pieces that I’m after – you usually get loud patterns or cuts that were trendy a season ago but now already look dated.

    Agreed on the sleep on it point too!

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    1. Hello, right you are! This is because I’m seeing more and more people getting into buying second-hand items, and the common reason is because it’s sustainable and good for the environment. However I think, it depends on what time of consumer they are, because even though people are turning into thrift items ‘to help the environment’ if the mindset however is still on the ‘I-Need-To-Buy-More’, I don’t think they are contributing positively. Anyway, thank you for dropping by! It’s nice to know other people’s thoughts on this matter. Thank you for sharing yours! Have a nice day! 😊

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  2. Hi! This post of yours really hearkened back to the time when I still cosplayed. While I was still in the hobby, I made sure to buy pieces that I could easily weave in my regular wardrobe. My meager allowance back then as a student was only sufficient for cheaper pieces from the nearby ukay-ukay (thrift shops).

    The problem I encountered with thrift shop pieces, especially for menswear, is that these already had a good tour of duty most of the time. Repeated laundering in front-loader washing machines, excess fabric softener, and drying in tumble dryers had worn out the fabric so much. Regular laundry no longer works, and the standard fabric conditioners no longer have an effect. (Not to mention the musty and old smell has really stuck to the article of clothing that you have to literally soak it for days before you can use it.)

    I’ve stopped buying thrift store finds since then, and instead focused on pieces that I really like and can use on an everyday basis. Not to mention the only hand-me-downs I get come from my Dad, who has almost the same build has me! I get to “inherit” his pants – after an alteration or two! Also, I usually practice a 2-for-1 scheme: for every one new article of clothing I buy, I should get rid of two pieces from my wardrobe that have definitely seen better days.

    (Thank you for following The Monching’s Guide, by the way!) 🙂

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    1. Hello, that was insightful! I too have some issues with thrift clothes. That aside, my concern is that there is a growing number of people jumping into the sustainable living bandwagon, shifting into thrift buying but then go and proceed buying a dozen pair of shoes. I just don’t get it😅 On a side note, I also am slowly going into the direction of building a long-term capsule wardrobe. Also, thanks for sharing your 2-in-1 scheme, that was helpful, I will note that down! Thank you for reading this post, I appreciate it! Wish you well! 🙂

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  3. Thanks for writing a post like this! Honestly, I’ve been doing major wardrobe overhaul since a lot of my clothes are outdated hand-me-downs from my sister and my mom. I want to be a more sustainable consumer, but I also want clothes that didn’t used to belong to someone else; I’ve had plenty of that in my life! But at the same time, I don’t think that mindlessly just replacing all of my wardrobe is sustainable either; finding a balance has been an interesting tightrope to walk.

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    1. Hello, thank you for reading my post! Yes, I agree it’s difficult to overhaul the whole wardrobe especially if we need to consider budget. What I did was I started slowly, bit by bit, I would give away two or three clothes and then I go buy and replace them with one quality item. After 3-6 months I would do it again. Patience is the key! I had to refrain myself a lot of times from buying pretty fast fashion clothes! Hope all goes well with your overhauling! By the way, I appreciate you reached out to me. Thank you! Wish you well!

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  4. This post caught my eye because I’m a thrift shopper and it’s one of the things I’m missing in lockdown! However, when you said that changing the mode of shopping from fast fashion to thrift without changing the mindset being fairly unhelpful…So true! That was my pitfall. Fortunately, I have built a wardrobe I love so much so I no longer need anything else and, since being in lockdown, I realise I have more than enough. Thank you for sharing your thoughts so honestly!

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    1. Hello, thank you for reading my post, I appreciate it! To be fair I still do think thrift shopping is okay if like everything else, done in moderation. Thanks for reaching out! Wish you well! 😊

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