An Instagram Thrifting Journey

Over break, I did some experimenting when it came to clothes. This started from one thrifting account on Instagram and grew over time. One could call it a wardrobe change, but I like to think of it as a way to support small businesses.

Now, one of the things I would love to work on is supporting small businesses and then doing what I can to be environmentally sustainable. I am not perfect and there are many factors that make doing both difficult. For many, it is not always a feasible endeavor because of financial reasons. Therefore, my message to you is that you should try if you can, but if you cannot that is understandable.

When it came to thrifting, I have no problem with it. However, there is a stigma against it because these can be used clothing. That may be true, but there are times when these clothes are unworn. I have also heard the “You never know who wore it before you.” Those are understandable reasons, but it does help to wash clothes before you wear them just like how you would wash clothes that you buy in the store.

The first thrifting account that I came across was someone that I knew. The owner, Rebecca (@areyoucatchingmythrift), inspired me a lot, and she made me want to support more small businesses. It is amazing to just support small businesses, participate in a more sustainable option, and then come out of the room looking super cute each day.

I always wanted to know what the journey was like for these accounts. Some people just sell from their closets. Others expand by looking at thrift stores to share their finds. In terms of Rebecca’s journey, she said, “When I first started this account it really was just to get rid of a bunch of old clothes and buy more “teacher” clothing from another account. I started to research how bad fast fashion is for the planet, and I got even more into this! It really is a great community and supporting small businesses is so great!”

Each account is unique in its styles and sizes. They tend to be clothing that they enjoy, so there is something for everybody. I was able to expand on what I wore, and this is helping me find my style. I am used to wearing certain clothing that was nice, but deep down, it never felt like me. I have these thrifting accounts to thank for pushing me a little past my regular comfort zone. I love accounts that aim to be size-inclusive too.

It is not always about the clothes but the connections you make. For example, I feel like I have developed a nice friendship with @wildflowers.vintage after supporting her recently. Then, there are people who have taken the time to really know me. For instance, there was a time I was interested in this shirt, and when I asked Amy (@greenbeans.closet), she told me that she knew that would be the one I would like. There was another time that it happened with @geminicloset4 where she tagged me in a jumpsuit because it reminded her of me. She must have read my mind because I was totally thinking about that jumpsuit when she did that. These are just a few accounts that I have gotten to know a little more. At the end of the day, it reminds me that behind these accounts are other people, and it is a great interaction.

Sometimes, thrifting can be difficult. Sizes are pretty debatable, and while I could ask for measurements, I like taking a leap of faith. At the end of the day, just like these accounts, I want the clothes to have a good home. If it does not fit me, I try to give it to someone who could appreciate it more.

Overall, this has been a fun journey. I am learning a lot from the experience. I like how this is combining things I have always wanted to do. However, at the end of the day, it might not be for everyone. That is fine. But if you can, it never hurts to try something new.