The thrift store has never been out of the trend. There are many people I have met who shop from the thrift store even though they can afford to buy new stuff. I prefer thrift stores, not because of one single reason but many…..
Reselling goodwill items
Thrift Store is a shop selling second-hand clothes (reselling thrift store clothes) and household goods, typically to raise funds as additional income or for a Church or charity.
Let me discuss them one by one… that why you should also go for thrift stores more often then buying new or expensive stuff. because there is always the time when we somehow do not need any extra stuff but we tend to buy them. let’s say shopping to get rid of homesickness or letting your boredom go away by doing some shopping.
There are also some of the times when we need something urgently and but at the end of the month when we do not have some extra money. in these such situations that I have explained I have been through them, and since then I have made up my mind to go for thrift stores/shops, instead of wasting thousand dollars on buying new and expensive stuff that I could not even afford, not all the times but some times this thrift store really got my back.
So the first reason first, the major benefit of shopping from thrift stores is the following.
Thrift store reselling improves your environment.
If we go on buying new stuff the market has to produce more and for the more products, they need more resources. so over here more resources mean more damage to our environment. that means for leather the skin of animals are going to be needed, for furniture the trees have been cut down. and if we take a look over the life of theses products you might feel bad about it. for example,
- Leather shoes: 25-40 years
- Plastic bottles: 70-450 years
- Nylon clothes: 30-40 years
- Cotton: 1-5 months
- Tin cans: around 50 years
So these are some of the age categories in which stuff we use and its age befalls. that means if you use plastic that is not going decompose in more than 100 years, so producing more and more plastic products means that the next seven generations can use them without the products getting decomposed.
So why we bother to let the market and industries and factories produce more plastic products? we can use different methods to sterilize the products to use them again.
It will not only allow nature to breathe but the water pollution will also come to an end, where marine life will have ease in their life cycle. none of us are aware of the aquatic life problems, that are being caused mainly due to plastic garbage we throw in the sea.
the animals with fur have to stay in the wild without their own fur, isn’t the worst regard we are giving to the while using their fur in our coats? if only we can reuse the products will not it be the better option? I guess we need the solution and in many ways, thrift store reselling is the ultimate option.
What to do with ‘SO MUCH STUFF’ ?
If you are also the one who actually got no space in them because of overstuffing, then SELL them. exactly, selling the home furniture and extra stuff to others is the best solution in some ways mainly.
1- You can use the space for other purposes.
2- You can clearly make enough money by just reselling them to others who are in need.
3- people who can not afford to buy new stuff can reuse your stuff and I guess its a kind gesture also.
4- The more you have space it means you have less to own. which is great to give you a simplified life.
How to start thrift store reselling???
If you are interested in opening or starting your own thrift store, here are some of the tips, but before moving toward the tips. it is great that you have opened your own store it is not only going to make you much income but it will keep your area more in shape. The stuff that is not much in use is wasted by many people but you can use that stuff before it gets wasted. so for this purpose, first of all, do some exploring in your area.
1- Strolling + exploring
Take a long walk in the night and bring all the stuff that you feel is useful and people might have dumped them, pick them up. after bringing them to your place clean them and check if they work properly or not then sell them on half of their price. it can be a machine (home appliances) or clothes or toys or anything.
2- Use the small area of your home
Use your garage or a small room of your home as a place to put all the stuff you can then upload them on any website you want, maybe on any social site that is popular in your country or you can launch your own website too.
3- Pricing stage
Price them on half of their original prices and there you go, but its always better to do some research on the market price of the product. It will not only generate you sufficient income but you can feel the sense of living a simple life without stuffing your home with more stuff that you do not even want.
Also, there are some of the apps that allow you to order your stuff while sitting at home.
Since it has never been wasted there are some people who are actually doing business with it and earning quite good money every season from thrift store reselling. Now it is not a complex task to go through. Here are some popular apps to sell on:
Postmark is a simple app for people in the United States to sell and purchase used or new clothes, shoes, and accessories. it is a social commerce market.
It is also a social app that is based in London and also operates in New York and Milan with 18 million users.
- 5 miles
5miles is also a platform that gives the facility to its users for selling and buying used stuff, that can be cars, furniture, heavy machines, etc.
chairish is a big online market for decor and chic, where you can buy gently sued furniture and decor product of almost every variety.
vinted is a Lithuanian company, where you can also buy and sell clothes and accessories, etc.
Instagram is considered as the largest social media platform where you can find thousands of people selling and buying from their accounts.
You can use any other app that is popular in your city or state where you can find any thrift store easily and shop from there. as for my experience, I have seen and even ordered from a few of the online thrift shops on Instagram and Facebook.
You just need to search the shops according to your location, otherwise, you have to pay some extra shipping charges that won’t be any good.
So the crux of this thing is that thrift store reselling is not something low or bad for reputation, even the international marketplace is also doing a large business in this. so can you.
Note: If you are buying any stuff that is online, you need to be extra careful about what you are paying for. always ask for the extra images of the product that you want to buy. check the size chart and match it with your size, because on the chart size there are usually more than three country sizes available. that is Euro, US, Chinese… so in these three sizes sometimes it becomes difficult to decide what size is yours. So match your size with the size chart of the shop then discuss it with the customer service representative for extra tips.
Clarify your payment method with the shop and then checkout. usually on Facebook and Instagram, the customer service representative is there that helps you in choosing the perfect matched product for you. But for the apps or websites you are on your own like some websites do provide the CSR facility but they act on automated replies and you can not even ask for the extra images.
Carefully look over each item before purchasing it
Of course, there are some of the cons (hurdles) that you are going to deal with and some of them are the hygiene and damage stuff. It is normal to see damage stuff in thrift stores so be careful about those things, you can always choose the best among them, and still, it won’t be any expense to you.
Just look through every product and find the perfect size for yourself before buying it. and even after buying the product if it is related to clothing then it is always better to let it be (dry cleaned) wash again.
Thrift store reselling is a better way to shop than to shop from other shops. the reasons are mentioned above with clear details. the better you save money on spending on clothes are profitable to you in many other ways.
People spend on clothes and after wearing them for quite some time they get bored with that dress and wanted to buy a new one. it is not a problem if you want to buy new and discard the old ones. the minimal change you can bring in your buying and spending habits over here is that you can buy from thrift store reselling in this way you can save 70 percent of your money and when you want to discard them that won’t bother you though it is expensive or not.
Be frugal in spending on clothes.