Through out my days at University, like many of my friends, I was eternally stuck on a tight budget. It’s tough out there I tell you, to try to dress well while supporting alcoholism (Just kidding). This meant hitting the ‘sale rack’ 9 out of 10 times when walking into a store which has pretty much wired me to keep a keen eye out for a good bargain.
What better place is there to get a bargain than at a thrift shop?
Second hand clothing stores have always been around in Fiji but because of the stigma attached to it, many of us would shy away from the idea of even stepping foot in. But man, am I stunned to see how much things have changed in the last few years. These stores aren’t just for people who can’t afford other retail stores and penny-pinching bubus (grandmas) anymore. I’m someone who loves my brands but unfortunately don’t have the budget to wear them (Well, at least not yet 😉 ) so you can only imagine how ecstatic I was to walk into Value City – Fiji’s largest chain of second-hand stores, and to find brands like Zara, Bettina Liano and Diana Ferrari to name a few.
Here are 10 reasons why I think Thrift Shopping is awesome
- You only pay a fraction of the price I mean who would mind paying $12 for a $200 dress? Certainly not me 😀 😀 The funny thing though is how some people don’t even realize the real worth of the clothes that they wear.
- You can sometimes find brand new/ barely worn items
- You can find items that just never go out of style
- Happy place for Vintage lovers Hands down the best place to find that high-waisted skirt or that big buttoned top with the sweetheart neckline
- People that don’t travel abroad have access to trendy clothes I always wondered how people in my little town had all of a sudden started dressing so chic.
- They also have quality kitchen items like fine bone china / Italian made plates My mum is a sucker for these and her collection of Vintage cups and saucers are increasing thanks to second-hand stores
- DESIGNER DESIGNER DESIGNER for cheap Did someone say Designer? 😀 By now I’m sure everyone has an idea of how much I appreciate thrift shops for having designer clothes for the less fortunate like me 😀 I have a rule to never pick up anything from Kmart or Cotton On as these are fairly cheap brands and of lower quality.
- Unique pieces You can pick up certain pieces and create your own style and be sure that no one around is going to be wearing the same clothes as you
- Costumes We have no proper costume stores in Fiji so it gets a bit hard for us whenever there is a themed party. We usually have to keep it simple and stick to our own or our friends wardrobes. With the help of these stores, if you look hard enough, you are bound to find something that will add that extra touch to your outfit and give you the look you’re after.
- It’s FUN! The trick lies in knowing how to find things. Because if you go into a shop and come out empty-handed, it either means you didn’t look hard enough or it just wasn’t the right day (Yes, there are right days to go thrift shopping like mid-week ). make sure not to stick to gender specific lanes as things get shuffled around and most likely end up in places they’re not meant to be in. It’s such a happy feeling to find something you like for such a great price.
A few things from my last haul 🙂
The whole thing of clothes is insane. You can spend a dollar on a jacket in a thrift store. And you can spend a thousand dollars on a jacket in a shop. And if you saw those two jackets walking down the street, you probably wouldn’t know which was which. – Helen Mirren
Thank you so much for reading. Happy THRIFT-SHOPPING guys 🙂
Stay fly ❤