My Thrifting Experiences
Thrifting! Indian families down the centuries have been practising it. Large joint families with a hoard of children would naturally pass on clothes from one child to the next. Clothes mended, altered, resized, and used from one child to the next was the norm. But somewhere after industrialization, the acceptance changed. But in the past decade, there has been a renaissance in the fashion world. Catchphrases like relove, pre-loved, refurbished, and pre-owned have created a buzz. Let me share My Thrifting Experiences.
Slowly but surely, we can discern the swing towards thrift. Many young people are endorsing thrift articles. A generation which believes in fast fashion and has a throwaway outlook and in a time where fashion goes out of style before you could say, Jack Robinson, is actually validating buying second-hand clothing.
Why is Thrifting so Rewarding?
The blending of the search and the unearthing of something new is an experience that we don’t get to encounter in our regular shopping sprees.
As a kid, second-hand was what I wore. Being the youngest of 3 sisters and 2 cousins, I wore hand-me-downs always. While I grew into a teenager, I started tweaking, tucking, and redesigning worn clothes and flaunted them with aplomb. Thrifting was “cool” for me. I’m a tremendous supporter of thrift shopping. I filled my wardrobe and my home with exceptional pieces. My mom was an inspiration, and I just followed in her footsteps. Thrifting is good for the environment, for your purse, for the community, for the planet and, of course, for your wardrobe. I wish I had pictures of all those dresses. When I was in college, we were enacting Merchant of Venice for the College’s Annual day. They asked me to get a heavy skirt to wear as I was playing the role of Portia Portia. I cajoled my mom to part with her heavy brocade saree and pleated it into a skirt.
My Thrifting Experiences
Redesigning and Restyling–My Thrifting Experiences
Another incident of saree thrifting was when my daughter was born. I was going to host my son’s fifth birthday after 15 days of giving birth to my daughter. As it was a C-section, I was recuperating in the hospital for 8 days. My hospital bed is where I designed my dress for the party. I had this Chandler lace saree in my trousseau and I transformed it into a beautiful ankle-length lehenga. If I have to give away any dress. Remove the fancy buttons and use them to embellish a new one. I buy a simple plain dress and beautify it with recycled lace, and buttons or embroider it myself. I have used ornaments from handbags to adorn my dress.
When the Millennial Thrifts
A couple of years ago, I visited a thrift store in Bangalore, but I cannot recall the name. I bought a plain top and enhanced it with fancy buttons. It is very heartening to see my daughter cheering thrifting. The smirch associated with buying pre-owned items is waning and transforming young shoppers’ preferences towards sustainability is on the rise. These are not your next-door retailer places but are luxury brands’ resale stores. Now that there are many thrift stores online, she has bought and sold her clothes from them. She recently ordered a few dresses and can’t stop preening in them.
Thrift is IN
Each tells a story and has a unique, mysterious history am sure. And this is the good news: Thrift is IN. Trends are in and out of style, which means these thrift stores are bursting with treasures that are great for your style and for the environment.
A few stores that my daughter orders from are listed below
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