Thift Shop Goodness

Thift Shopping Embarassment???

Posted in 1 by Lisa Twillie on November 4, 2009

An article titled, “How to Overcome the Embarassment of Shopping at a Thrift Shop”, posted on:, discusses getting over perceived embarassment/stigma of shopping at thrift stores.

“…times have changed a lot in recent years, making shopping at thrift shops a more socially acceptable phenomenon. You no longer have to hide the fact that you shop at thrift shops or pretend that the new pair of jeans you are wearing came straight off the catwalk instead of from the local thrift shop”.thriftshop_interior

Amen! I work too hard for my money to be judged about where I spend it! Plus, I know that when I buy used I am contributing to charities and/or local businesses. Not to mention, I am doing my part to re-use what is already here.


That Thrift Shop Stigma is Soooo Last Year!

Posted in 1 by Lisa Twillie on November 4, 2009

A co-worker of mine gave me a complement yesterday about a jacket I was wearing. She then proceeded to ask me, “Where do you shop?!”.  So I told her about my thrift shopping experiment. Instantly she lost interest and the conversation ended with a few disinterested ‘uh-huhs’ as she backed slowly out of my office.

I wrote it off as her lack of experience in this world. After all she is only 24 yrs old. She’ll learn, I thought to myself. But I suppose she will only learn after she has accumulated some good American sized debt. Oh, it tickles me, these little 20 somethings running around in their big-girl pants with their entry level jobs and mounds of college loans breathing down their necks. They’ll figure it out, but I suppose they too will have to figure it out on their own.  For me, I’ll be at the thrift stores – embracing the stigma!

Ohhhhh…the Smell!

Posted in Thrift Shopping by Lisa Twillie on November 3, 2009

While the items I am finding are awesome and perfect…dealing with the thrift shop smell can be a little difficult. There is a great Goodwill thrift store across the street from the UALR campus that I love to check out.  So, during my lunch break yesterday I headed over to see what I could find. As I made my way to the door I mentally braced myself for the typical “thrift-shop” aroma, but what I was in store for, there was no way I could have prepared! Apparently because Arkansas had just experienced weeks of non-stop rain, the store had flooded over the weekend.  My nose was met with a pungent mixture of cat urine, body odor with notes of stale cigarette smoke.

While yesterday was an extreme case of the thrift shop aroma, I can’t help thinking that there has to be a better way? Is it necessary for every thrift store to stink?

Going Green? Then Buy Used!

Posted in 1 by Lisa Twillie on November 3, 2009

Going Vintage is Going Green, is an article written by Jenna Woginrich. In her article she points out that if people buy used, then essentially we are keeping things out of our landfills and using goods already in existence — AND they are cheaper than their brand new out of the box counter parts. What’s not to like? vintagestore

Goodwill Going Online

Posted in 1 by Lisa Twillie on November 3, 2009

An article that I found on lifehacker by Valerie Everett talks about the Goodwill stores creating an online auction for choice donated items. Click on the image to see the full article.

Swearing off the ‘Big Box’

Posted in Thrift Shopping by Lisa Twillie on November 2, 2009

I arrived at my decision to stop buying new and to break my ‘big box’ habit while working on a project for my graduate program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR).  While researching the big box stores (Wal-mart, Target, Home Depot, etc)…it occured to me that the only way to curb the U.S.’s ever increasing reliance on the big boxes, would be to STOP giving them my money.

It is my hope that by changing my spending habits and sharing the changes that I intend to make, will influence others to consider where they are spending their own money. If more consumers stop emptying their wallets at Wal-mart and start shopping “used”…we keep our money IN our own communities.

Jenna Woginrich in her article, “Going Vintage is Going Green”, said it best, “Man, this sure is a lot of crap… don’t we already have a lot of crap lying around? (Woginrich, 2008)”