Shopping at thrift stores can save you a lot of money on clothes, household items, and even furniture. With a plethora of stores all over the country, both chain and local, thrift shopping is becoming more fashionable and more common every day. So why is there this weird stigma attached to buying second-hand?

Shopping at thrift stores can save you a bundle on clothes, household items, and even furniture. So why is there this weird stigma attached to buying second-hand?

Maybe it’s because lower prices imply lower quality?

The reality is many items are gently used, donated by charity or even brand new.  Even if they're not, what's the big deal about using something twice? Upcycling and recycling old clothes and items is not only trendy – it is practical and can help both your wallet and the environment. Thrift stores are still relevant today and with an influx of online thrift stores, it's becoming easier than ever to save money.

In the end, it doesn't matter what other people think. You need to do what's right for you. If you need or want to save money, shopping at thrift stores is a great way to save.

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Here are a few reasons you should shop at thrift stores:

I Can Save Money and Get Quality Items

I'm not a huge fan of spending crazy amounts of money on my wardrobe. I buy enough clothes to get by without having to do laundry often. Rather than go to department stores and pay full price (or even the sale price), I sometimes shop at thrift stores to find sweet deals.

I find this is especially true when it comes to business clothes.

I bought dress shirts at Goodwill to wear to work on a regular basis when I was working at a CPA firm.

I was even complimented on the shirts I found at thrift stores. The best part was they usually only cost $3 to $5, and some of them still had the original tags on them, so they were brand new! Where is the shame in that?

If you want to find the best deals at thrift stores, consider driving to the wealthier areas of town.  You might be able to find some awesome deals on high-quality items.

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You're Giving Money To Help A Cause

When you shop at a thrift store, you're helping to fund a cause. For instance, Goodwill helps people get job training to find careers. They help young people, veterans, people with disabilities, and even people with criminal backgrounds to gain skills that will help them to be successful in the workplace. I think that's an awesome cause to get behind. After all, everyone needs the chance to improve their job skills.

Another great example is the Salvation Army. They help adults with rehabilitation and contribute to causes like veterans’ affairs services, prison ministries, senior services, combating human trafficking, and finding missing persons. They help children and families with food and housing, provide Christmas assistance, fund youth camps, and run Kroc community centers. As you can see, your money goes a lot further than you'd think when shopping at some thrift stores.

Other People Don't Need to Know

Just because you shop at thrift stores doesn't mean everyone has to know. The two most common objections I hear are, “What if someone sees me shopping there?” and, “What if someone asks where I bought something?”

Luckily, the answers to these questions are easy. For the first one, if someone sees you shopping at a thrift store, they obviously enjoy shopping there, too. They can't pretend to look down on you for it because they're doing the same exact thing.

The second question requires a simple answer. I can't remember where I buy most of my clothing. It may be a little white lie if you do remember, but it won't hurt anyone.

The best response: I'm proud, thrifty and I look pretty smart.