Ask and you shall receive. For the past month or so that word has been slipping into my life. Whether it’s a twist of the radio, with Drake speaking of his manifest to my soul or Jim Carrey telling us to find our dreams, the movements is session.From left and right, we now are putting a large emphasis on manifesting. our real goals. Going back to Jim Carrey, while watching watchmojo, he said something that somehow resonated with me.They were these words.”So many of us choose our path out of fear disguised as practicality. What we really want seems impossibly out of reach and ridiculous to expect, so we never dare to ask the universe for it. I’m saying, I’m the proof that you can ask the universe for it — please! (applause) And if it doesn’t happen for you right away, it’s only because the universe is so busy fulfilling my order, it’s party sized.” This quote proceed me to run to my laptop and write this post.There are moments we use the word can’t, ALOT. But usually from personal assessment, it’s because of the internal fears that drives us to believe that something is beyond our reach, so why try .I have found myself in that mindset quite a bit. Why me? In words of queen Mindy, “Why not me.” . That’s going to be my new matra. In the grand scope of things, I mope at the possibles that seem beyond my finger tips , but what if they’re not.
I remember my first real thrift trip. Before, I looked at those piles of clothes and skirted to the old electronic and book sections, oblivious of the golden threads that were in my near distance. My thrift interest started after graduating high school. I was going to college and after years of questionable style choices (really bad flowery button ups in 7 and 8th grade), my lack of appeal in department store items and the lack of dollar bills, I said why not. I went to goodwill ready to see what this thing was about. I pulled those open, only to be denied because I stupidly ignored the push decal. The color was red and every red tag was on sale. I spent hours scrolling through plastic hangers and stumbling across hidden gold. Each item had story, an owner and now a new beginning. With each slide the rack, I found my heart steadily racing and the enticed by each found item. Through thrifting, I think I’ve found me and items that make me feel good, at very affortable prices.
Time– Thrifting is about patience. This comes in the form of taking the time to go through almost every rack and find things that suite you. Go on a day where you’re abundant in it. Unless you have a small thrift store, 1 hour isn’t enough. A 2-4 hour thrift trip is perfect
Eat, pee, carry water and a snack.- You’re going be there for a while, so make sure you handle your business. Eat a full meal before, pee , and carry some water and snacks. A hungry thrifter is no bueno.
Wear comfy shoes– There’s going be standing, a lot of it so please don’t wear 10 inch stilettos to this affair that would be brutal. Converses and your fav comfy kicks are the way to go.
Go early– Most of the time, after ton of people go through the racks, it’ a mess. Going early decreases that midday mess you find ,so you can efficiently go through things.
Check , check , check and check again.Holes and stains. Nothing’s more disappointing then going home with a perfect item and then finding out there’s a big cheeky yellow stain somewhere. It’s sad, very sad, so check everything. Look at the armpit, crotch , everything.
Never pay full price-So, go on half off days and score major deals
Sign up-Sign for store cards, download the apps, so you know when the sales are. The night before I went thrifting for the things above, I was notified with an alert, so I prepared.
Try something new- With the great prices, try something out of your comfort zone zone. You might like it or it might be a total fail, but it was super affordable.
Check out the book aisle- This is the end to all my trips. So, go do it. There are so many great book that people just donate and they’re super current. My favorite finds have been Kite Runner, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and A Handmaid’s tale.
Check out the men’s and kid’s racks.Well almost. For me, if I see whole rack of baby clothes, I know I’m not going to need that, but the men’s isle and other children isle are great for finding basic/ graphic tees and clothes that may be too big, which means they could be used for great diys.
Go alone !!!!– Thrifting with others stresses me out, some get impatient, others are bored, so leave those people at home and go by yourself. You can be patient and just enjoy the hunt.
For as long as I could remember, I recall the ages of 6-8 lasting a really long time. To a naïve little girl like me, this meant a year felt like a decade. These times were spent , riding bikes in the island, eating good food , contemplating when I would be a full on adult and get to do adult things like wear a bra and grow things called boobs. Every time I recall those thoughts, I’m tempted to step into my imaginary time machine and shake some sense into my 7 year old self because being an adult is not fun. At twenty, this comes with perfect timing because last year I began to grasp just how much time is flying by. Like all famous dead or currently living people have stated, “Time is money”. Maybe not physical money, but it’s a precious thing. When you runout, there is not store, which you go to refill it. You’re done. Yesterday, I was doing the usual Sunday scroll through postsecrets.com, when one of my post cards showed up. Long story short about almost a year ago ish, in march, I sent three postcards in and 2/3 have been featured (Go check out post secrets and see if you can find it.)But this new awakening in the speed of time, woke me up into really investing my time into things that will benefit me in the long run. This means not wasting time on law and order marathons for 4 hours on a Saturday, or just by doing nothing. Instead, I’m going to take this time I’ve been given to learn and just focus on pursuing things that make me feel content. In addition, I also want get uncomfortable and do a couple things that may scare me, but will promote personal growth. In the end, it’s just one life I’ve been given and I refuse to waste it and just give it my all