I love thrift store shopping. I feel like I helped the environment and my purse by buying gently used toys and clothing for my family. they love going to the thrift store and have developed a love for treasure-hunting. I feel good about buying a cart full of named brand items to fill their closets at a fraction of the price it would have cost me brand new. I just got 4 pairs of Baby Gap pants, toddler size 6 Nike Air Jordans, a Northface hoodie and Gymboree snowboots for $8 total. Got to love it!!
“Thrift is not an affair of the pocket, but an affair of character.” S.W. Straus
It’s my goal to get our kids into the same habit. Here’s how we got our kids to love thrift shopping:
1. Give them an allowance
We give our children a small weekly allowance so that they can learn the value of a dollar. That way, if they still want to buy those expensive pair of Nike shoes or Calvin Klein jeans, they can save up their hard earned money for months and buy it on their own. They’ll soon realize that they could have bought a couple of pair of shoes or 20 pairs of jeans at a thrift store for the price of what they paid for brand new stuff!
“Whatever thrift is, it is not avarice. Avarice is not generous; and, after all, it is the thrifty people who are generous.” Lord Rosebery
2. Show them the importance of quality and elegance in their purchase.
Some people think that there’s nothing but junk at thrift stores, but that’s definitely not the case! When you take your children to thrift stores you should point out the awesome quality of products that you can find just by doing a bit of digging. You can point out designer brands, the value of hand-sewed seams and superior material, and show them just how elegant “vintage” can be. Teach them to choose items that are in good shape and don’t look like they’ve been purchased at a thrift store, so when people ask them about it they can say, “I bought it for $2 at a thrift store!”
“Life can be beautiful. It doesn’t have to be expensive.” Christine Louise Hohlbaum
3. Be nice!
One of the most importance aspects of raising a child to love thrift store shopping is teaching them to be nice. This means not shouting out loud, “Gross! Who would ever wear this?” or “Three of me could fit into this outfit!” in the middle of the store. Everyone has different taste, and children should learn to respect individual styles and opinions. Remind them about how they would feel if someone said those things about what they were wearing.
Even people who never worried much about saving money before are now feeling the pinch and cutting back. In this uncertain economy—when people are shopping cautiously and focused on getting more value for their money—resale is the natural choice. The industry offers the best of both worlds… the chance to SHOP & SAVE! With the economy posing a challenge and the fact that many people have an overabundance of possessions, savvy shoppers and sellers are realizing a real need to recycle perfectly good merchandise. Raising thrift-store loving kids can be a fun, easy and bonding experience for families. You can teach your children to be “smart and savvy” about thrift stores, while embedding in their values that they’re not “selling out” their life.
“Never spend money before you have it. The rule which I wish to see you governed by through your whole life, of never buying anything which you have not the money in your pocket to pay for. Be assured that it gives much more pain to the mind to be in debt, than to do without any article whatever which we may seem to want.” Thomas Jefferson