Recently I responded to a young woman who was interested in thrifting but leery and apprehensive about where the thrifted clothing came from. To help her get her feet wet I offered the following advice:
Dear Apprehensive Soon-to-be-Thrifter,
I've been thrifting for years. Over 90% of my wardrobe is thrifted. It becomes addicting finding great quality clothes for so cheap. When I first started thrifting years ago, I could get clothes for as low as 20 cents!!! Now it's hard to find dollars deals but I still catch them on occasion.
Not all clothes that are thrifted have been worn. Many clothes still have price tags on them. To get your feet wet you can shop at the Goodwill and search for items with price tags. You will also see many items of clothing with dry cleaner tags on them. Apparently, when people don't pick up their clothes the dry cleaner donates them for the tax write-off, so you know those clothes came from the cleaners.
Consignment shops are more selective with the clothes they choose hence why the prices are more expensive. Some even steam all the clothes before they hit the sales floor. Many are set up like boutiques. If you are not ready for the Salvation Army, Goodwill or Value Village start off with Buffalo Exchange, Plato's Closet or a consignment store. I hope this advice was helpful. Please feel free to reach out to me for more tips.