Thrifting and Minimalism

The thrift store itch. I believe it’s a thing. Who doesn’t like a good deal right? It’s fun to save money on your purchases, get the deeply discounted steals, and feel success when stumbling upon that special find. But it’s easy to get off track. It’s easy to over acquire quickly and buy things just to buy them with no real thought or plan behind the purchase. And just like that, you find yourself with way more stuff than needed and you don’t know how you got there in the first place!

Impulse buys, the cheap thrill, the project that you thought you’d complete but you never actually did. We can all be guilty. But what if you still want to do the projects? What if you still want to be a thrifty shopper but also pursue a life with far less possessions? Can a thrift store hobbyist pursue minimalism? I feel that if we utilize thrift stores as a way to save money on needs that we would have otherwise spent double for, with restraint of course, it can be possible. Let our shopping be led more by needs and less by impulse. With some fun thrown in of course!

Have thrift stores be the means and minimalism be the way. It’s a win-win combination with the right measure of thought and purpose behind the purchases. I’ll show through my blog that it is possible and still quite fun.

I am still learning the exact recipe and balance myself, but the one thing that has changed is my mindset. I look at purchases differently now that I want to live with less possessions in our home. I stop and ask the important questions first.

  • Why am I buying this?
  • Is it necessary or do I have a plan or purpose for it?

It’s in this paused moment that you just may change your mind.

I like to give. I enjoy being thoughtful to my loved ones. I want to give to many. A giver of time, a giver of conversation, a giver of friendship. But I do still want to be a giver of gifts. I believe we can still give those gifts to our friends and loved ones. That we can still give to our new neighbors and co-workers.

We can still show random acts of kindness with both our thoughts and time but also with gifts. It can all work out. Just be a thrifty thinker.

I am currently a stay at home Mom and we have one household income. By shopping thrift stores I am saving our family a great deal of money each month and it helps in our overall budgeting. Is this the only way I shop? Absolutely not. I most definitely pay full price for many things. It’s a juggling act and figuring out what you are willing to pay more money for and what you are not.

I’ve looked at a $5.00 dollar bill a lot differently now that I shop at thrift stores. It can go further then you may think and it’s fun to find ways to make the dollar stretch. Life can be expensive but why not find ways to ease the financial stress?

You don’t have to make it about an elaborate junk to treasure flip. (While I think those are great) Flea Market Flip for example, it isn’t always easy to do on the day-to-day. Think easy. Think thoughtfully. Think purposefully. And not in excess! Get what you need and that’s it. I’m excited to share my ideas with you!

Here’s to finding the balance and still living life fully. I am working on that special recipe and how shopping looks. It won’t seem much different as long as you tap into your thrifty thinking!

A special thank you to my husband for encouraging me to listen to Les Brown last night. I needed his passionate  and energetic encouragement! Check him out sometime. He’s a sure motivator that can really inspire and help you push through negative self talk and doubts.