The Thrill of the Hunt - Part 1
- story by Greg Matusoff
The old phrase, "one man's trash is another man's treasure" couldn't be more apt and over the last few years, I have made a game of budget shopping.
Once the basics are covered, many of us only have a finite amount of disposable income. And it seems that as time goes on, I get more interests, hobbies, and projects all vying for that piece of the pie, so we have to be smart about how we spend our budget for clothing.
When I was younger and rent was cheap, my bills were trivial. I was bartending and had a lot of expendable money, and didn't understand the value of a dollar. I saw a pair of boots that I really liked for $1,200, I didn't give it a second thought. I liked them, had the money, so I bought them.
I still love to shop for clothes, and I always have, but now I do it a bit differently - I live for the hunt of sales and bargains. I love the idea of getting more for less, and ultimately spending less leaves more for other interests.
Please don't misunderstand me, clothes shopping is not my first priority. But I have always been a bit of a clothes horse and a label snob. I am a sucker when it comes to certain labels and I always will be. But while living in New York, thrifting opened my eyes to a whole new way of shopping.
Unfortunately resale shops sometimes get a bad rap. Some people are uncomfortable with purchasing used clothes or even walking in the door - other than to donate. But trust me, you'll see all kinds of folks at the thrift store and will likely bump into a few of your friends there, too.
After some great scores (think $17 Gucci hi-tops, a vintage Oleg Cassini pin stripe suit for $25, and Ralph Lauren Purple Label wool trench coat for $34), I've found some tried and true methods for setting yourself up for a great day thrifting.
If you're ready to take the plunge, follow these seven steps to become a thrifting aficionado.
So don't just think of thrift stores when it comes to Halloween. You might be surprised to find them a new staple in your fashion toolbox. By following these simple steps you can increase your wardrobe for a fraction of the cost get some incredible finds in the process.
And in the end, we should all feel good about our own personal expression and live an inspired life.