Why I Stopped Thrifting

So much yes! Emily Torres perfectly expresses my thoughts on op shopping (Australian for thrift shopping).

These realisations are exactly what pushed me from a Buy Nothing New challenge in 2012 to my current Buy Nothing Year.

Restricting my purchases to secondhand ones just shifted my mindless, excessive shopping from the usual shops to secondhand shops, ebay and online classifieds. I still binge shopped.

Now that I’m on a decluttering spree, guess what? Most of the stuff I mindlessly bought at op shops is going back to where it came from.

I sometimes wonder if I’m purging myself of an item for the same reason its previous owner did, and how many owners came before that. How many people have followed the same path of minimalist enlightenment by ridding themselves of pants with scratchy waistbands or chipped teapots?

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Do you fall into the same trap of secondhand shopping?

Minimal Millennial

Four our five years ago, while I was still in college, you could usually find me at Goodwill on the weekends. You could usually find me shopping the sale racks at super-cheap mall stores too.

It wasn’t that I was donating things or using the one-in/one-out strategy that keeps so many closets in check. In fact, I think it was my frequent thrifting that took my two closets from stuffed to overstuffed.

I still love thrift shops

Before I talk about the reasons why I no longer thrift, I need to clarify: I love buying secondhand. I think thrift stores are an amazing way to get things you need without contributing directly to the worlds of fast fashion and fast everything.

What I don’t love is thrifting for the sake of thrifting – it became a mindless habit for me and I didn’t really need the things I usually brought home…

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This guy has only 111 possessions!

Rob Greenfield is living a nomadic, environmentally friendly life free of material bonds.


See  what he includes in his 111 Possessions.

I do wish he were clothed in all his photos… they will haunt me for days now… but it sure is interesting seeing what he can’t live without.

More importantly, it makes you think what he can live without and what I could and couldn’t live without.

It’s funny. I often think men have an unfair advantage when it comes to minimalism. Have you ever noticed that all the famous minimalists are men?

How many more items would a woman carry? Bras, hairbrush, makeup, sanitary items, pills, clothes and shoes for special occasions…

I guess many of the material possessions women have aren’t really necessities, but feel like they are because of society’s expectations of women to be pretty and feminine. Could we ever do without these items without being called a lesbian or butch? Could we still be successful socially and professionally? Or would we be judged?

Just a thought. What are yours?