I was reminded that my children truly are mini-me’s when I was ready to take my daughter out to get her first day of school outfit and she asked all excitedly “where are we going to go?!”. I replied “oh I thought we would first stop by the thrift store.” As quickly as my daughter had smiled she soon replaced that smile with a frown, “I am not getting clothes at a thrift store.”
I laughed because listening to my daughter state that fact reminded me of my childhood days when I said the same thing. I probably didn’t venture into a thrift store of my own free will until my early adult years when I had no choice but to.
My reply to my daughter was simple “Well I too used to have that same thought and pretty sure I would have or did say the same thing to my Mom anytime she wanted to get me clothes at a low end place. I soon found out that thrift stores have some amazing things if you give them a chance. Sometimes you find great treasures and other times you find nothing but it’s always worth a quick stop before venturing out to buy new.”
Not completely convinced she should give it a try my daughter reluctantly went into the thrift store, first we looked at the little kids section trying to see what they had for the boys and that got her all interested for they had the cutest little tiny baby things there. Next she went off on her own to look for her own clothes, within seconds my daughter had found a few things to try on and a smile appeared on her face!
We left the thrift store with a new shirt, a new pair of shorts and a pair of khaki type pants as well as a new pair of dress shoes – all for my daughter. The total price of it all? $7. Yes, I spent $7 on my daughters first day of school outfit and don’t feel bad at all for shopping at the thrift store because it gives back to my community and it is a great way to find like new items at a price almost anyone can afford!
I highly recommend taking your kids to a thrift store, I don’t care if you are rich and don’t “need” to, it’s all about teaching your kids that life is too short to get your nose held high in the air and remind them there are unique ways to give back to others that can both benefit them and their community!