Back in my middle school days, I wouldn’t be caught dead shopping for clothes in Wal-Mart or any sort of thrift store. If you wanted to be considered a good dresser in those days, you’d have to show up to school in a t-shirt with the word Aeropostale, Hollister, or Abercrombie plastered across the chest. It’s really silly, looking back, at all the money I spent just for a label! I’m relieved to say, that even though a lot of middle and high schools might still promote brand-name buying, there’s a new force that’s taking over the fashion world. If I could describe it in a few simple words, I’d say: vintage, creative, and Goodwill!
That’s right! You heard me. Shopping for clothing is so much more flexible with the current style that’s overtaken our country. It’s not only an option, but it’s also the latest style to shop around second hand stores to find hidden treasures which you can piece together to create a chic look. I can’t even begin to tell you the many success stories I’ve shared with my friends over cool finds that we’ve discovered at incredibly low cost—just because someone else didn’t want them.
I’ve purchased a J. Crew skirt for $6, a Gap skirt for $7, a Limited top for $5, and the list goes on and on. The best part about it is you can find quality clothing for a fraction of what you’d pay in department stores, or even discount stores like Ross, Marshalls, and TJMaxx. Or, if you’re wanting to branch out, you can catch actual vintage pieces for a more daring and inspired ensemble! You’ve seen the magazines, you know what’s in.
The Bible clearly states the importance of being a good steward with our money. A godly young lady knows how to dress presentably, while also making sure that she is honoring God with her frugality. Just because you have the money, it doesn’t mean you should drop outrageous amounts on what you wear—especially when you can find it a lot cheaper with a little more work. Some of the best places to look are the nicer parts of town in Goodwill, Value Village and Plato’s Closet; where men and women might get rid of clothing that was at one time expensive and still in good shape. After all, the old saying is true, “one man’s junk is often another man’s treasure!”