UP Your Thrift Game with These 10 Rules to Live By
Being thrifty is a mindset that you can apply to every area of your life. It’s also a smart choice that is accessible to everyone. Being thrifty and being cheap are not the same thing. Thrift is wise spending, going for value and quality, and improving your life. Did you know? The noun thrift is derived from the verb thrive. Wait, thrifty is thriving! We can prove it. Having a thrifty mindset reduces stress and makes overwhelming life moments (divorce, moving, new job, losing weight) suddenly seem possible and manageable. Once you make the thrift shift, shiny new things start to lose their appeal.
Want to be a thrifter? Here are the 10 rules you can apply to your life right now.
1. Buy clothes. Not too many. Mostly thrifted. We were inspired by Michael Pollan on this one. Remember his brilliant take on eating: Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. Yep. Same.
2. Embrace the 80/20 life. Otherwise known as, giving yourself a break. You can borrow this mindset in every area of your life. Make your workouts 80% of the time, eat healthy 80% of the time, shop secondhand 80% of the time. Being perfect is not the goal.
3. Be thrifty with your clothes, as well as in your life. Shopping thrift is one thing, but you can also extend this philosophy to all areas of spending. Buying used whenever possible, getting crafty and making things, being mindful of wasting resources, and enjoying leftovers from a home-cooked meal.
4. Clean out your closet on a seasonal basis. Sell or donate the clothes you no longer wear, store the clothes that are off season, and refresh your basics. If you can try and do this four times a year, it will eliminate the need for a big yearly (and time-consuming) closet overhaul.
5. Make clothes your own. Tailor them to fit your body. Personalize them to express your mood. Get excited to wear them. This covers everything from hemming your own jeans with a pair of scissors (the frayed look is in!) to putting cool patches on a denim jacket.
6. Always leave a little room in your closet. That way when you score that hidden gem or secondhand steal it will have a place. The more space your clothes have to breathe, the more likely you’ll see them and wear them. Crammed closets hide all your stuff!
7. Don’t keep clothes in your closet that don’t fit. If you want to keep them, pack them away in a storage bin so they don’t distract you or take up space. Everything that’s in your closet right now should be appropriate for the current season, fit your body, and bring you joy.
8. Curate your closet to express your personal style. Add variety, color, texture, high-low mix. Buying secondhand clothing is the best way to experiment with your personal style. Try a new trend or silhouette, you might be surprised how much you like it.
9. Don’t look like everyone else. Trends are fun, but they shouldn’t define your style. Walk into any retailer right now, and you’ll find variations on the same theme. At thredUP, you can create unique looks with access to coveted closets across the country. Mix old with new, high with low, span the seasons.
10. Scoring something pre-loved is better than buying something that was never loved at all. We love this one.
Are you a thrifter? Tell us why in the comments below!