By Chelsea Faler |Staff Writer|
I recently accepted the $20 thrift store challenge, in which I went to a local thrift store and spent less than $20 on an entire outfit.
College students might not always have extra cash to spend on clothes, but this is a very inexpensive way to try to update your style, keep up with trends, and still stay fashionable.
I began my haul at Laura’s House Resale Store in Orange County.
I purchased a pair of jeans for $5, a scarf for $5, and two blouses for $4 each. That adds up to four pieces of apparel for a very reasonable price of $18!
Unfortunately, I was not able to find a pair of shoes in my size that I liked, nor any jewelry that caught my eye.
I was, however, able to pair my purchases with some shoes and accessories that I already owned.
Thrift stores often have a bad reputation for being dirty and having less-than-attractive used and sometimes even stained items.
Personally, I have also had those stereotypical thoughts and less-than-pleasant experiences at thrift shops.
Despite what I had thought and dealt with in the past, I was very pleasantly surprised with this shopping experience.
The store was very clean; all of the clothes were well taken care of.
This thrift store also had a surprisingly large variety of styles to choose from.
One thing that impressed me, other than the variety of selection, was the organization of the store.
All of the clothing racks were categorized, making everything very easy to find, and the employees were consistently making sure all of their merchandise was neat and tidy, rearranging clothes and putting things back where they belonged.
As I shopped, I witnessed people of all ages and backgrounds around the store.
Seeing other shoppers, many of whom appeared to be returning customers, made me wonder why I have not shopped at thrift stores more often.
Although there is a chance you will encounter some of those stereotypical thrift stores, it is definitely worth a try you might just be surprised at what you might stumble upon.
If you are someone who loves to shop or just needs some new clothes, then I would highly recommend checking out some of your local thrift stores and trying this challenge for yourself!