Over the past six months or so, I’ve been doing far more donating, consigning, and gifting of old clothing than I have been purchasing new. I finally reached the tipping point where I felt like opening my closet door was an exercise in guilt. I could hear my wardrobe whispering to me, “Why haven’t you worn that herringbone skirt yet? You wanted it badly enough to purchase it and it’s been sitting here for ages. You FAILURE! Money down the tubes!”
So I decided I’d be better off getting these unworn or under-worn items into the hands of people who would use and love them. And, in several energetic closet purges, I removed most of the clothing, shoes, and accessories that were weighing me down.
I generally cull out a few of the newer pieces from more recognizable brands to consign. That “money down the tubes” bit haunts me, and I’ll admit to wanting to recoup at least SOME of my losses. But the thrifter in me knows how utterly fantastic it feels to stumble upon an amazing, well-made, fun, fantastic find at the local thrift emporium. So, since I’ve landed some mind-blowing bargains in my day, I feel like putting a few spendy, trendy pieces back into the thrift pool is good karma. I’ve been lucky myself, and would love to help some other eagle-eyed thrifter feel equally lucky.
I know that “thrift karma” isn’t a real thing. Putting more desirable or valuable items into the thrifting pool doesn’t make it more likely that I’ll discover more desirable or valuable items myself. Unless you count re-discovering your own old items on the shelves, which I don’t. And, naturally, it feels good to donate some spendy items because I know they’ll mean higher profits for the charities I choose to support. But a huge portion of my motivation stems from imagining a shopper at my local ARC’s Value Village lighting upon my old, barely-worn Fluevog sandals and nearly keeling over in sheer delight.
Do you believe in thrift karma? Ever donate newer or trendier items instead of consigning in hopes of keeping the thrift pool above average?
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