I'm coming clean here. I've never purchased an article of clothing for myself at a 2nd hand store.
There I said it.
I'm not opposed to thrifting. I have purchased second-hand household items ~ at garage sales, auctions, thrift stores. Just not clothing. For me. When the girls were little, I found a 2nd hand store in a city about 35 miles from home that sold high quality, upscale brands that had been 'gently worn.' No one could tell that they weren't brand new. And I sure wasn't going to say anything.
Fast forward to the teenage years. Now it's all about having the right brand of shoes, the right brand of jeans, etc. Granted, I think it's ridiculous but it's part of being a teenager. I think you'd be hard pressed to find a teenager that wouldn't pick a NIKE sweatshirt over one from WalMart or Target. Heck, I'd rather have a NIKE sweatshirt too. Not solely based on name brand but based on quality. The statement, "you get what you pay for" is true to some degree.
I took my girls shopping on Saturday. The weather is changing here and we need jeans and long sleeves. First stop was Plato's Closet. I hadn't been there. I'd heard good things about it from Alison (she'd been there before and purchased several items) as well as a classmate of Madison's and another mom. I had to see it for myself to be convinced that it is all they say it is.
Well, it is. Everything was neatly displayed. Like items were together and by color. Yes, by color. And the selection? Oh my word. I couldn't believe the number of jeans on the racks. They even had display areas by brand ~ Hollister, Aeropostale, The Buckle, Old Navy, Victoria's Secret. Who knew? It was like upscale thrifting!
Madison scored. Jeans from the Buckle ($35) and a NIKE zipper hoodie ($12). Ok, so you may not agree that the jeans were a bargain. But when the regular price in the store is upwards of $80, I'd say we did ok. And they look brand new. I know she'll get my money's worth out of them. Already she's worn them 2 times.
Did the girls care? No. It was their idea to go there first. See? I'm learning. From them. One step at a time.