That’s the title of a terrific post written by longtime reader Catherine, who blogs at American Dream Finder after retiring her first blog called The Vegan Good Life. I find both blogs to be great food for thought on my nonconsumer journey. I think anyone who reads my blog, especially fans of Thrifty Threads, will appreciate this post about the many joys and advantages of making the switch to a secondhand wardrobe. So tarry no longer! Check out Reduce, Recycle, Reuse: Clothing now.
Catherine muses on the mania for brand name shoes and purses, even in the depths of the worst recession in eighty years. And I couldn’t agree more with her observations. About brand obsessions, she has this to say: “I get all my clothes second hand now, and if people want to put me down, I don’t care. I have an increasing retirement and savings account, no debt, have traveled to Paris, Mexico, Spain, Morocco and more and paid for those trips outright, and it’s not because I make an enormous salary. If someone wants to feel superior for paying $90 for something I spent $4 on, I let them! ”
I’ll take a trip to Paris over a Louis Vuitton bag any day. How about you? Any brand obsessions you’d care to share? I recently saw a Prada purse priced at $200 in the chi chi consignment store that’s become my favorite. Luckily for me, I don’t usually even like designer bags because my style is a bit more hippie/artsy, but if you’re a fan, it is possible to get them secondhand. Stephanie over at Those Tricks often scores designer bags and scarves on her secondhand shopping sprees.
Either way, I think you’ll enjoy Catherine’s thoughtful post, where she even shares the plot of a humorous episode of the old I Love Lucy TV show, which I just happen to remember! Plus, she mentions Thrifty Threads and has been a longtime supporter of the segment.
What do you think about brand obsessions, designer bags, and shopping secondhand? Please leave your thoughts in the Comments section.