Wait, what? It’s 2018? When did that happen? Perhaps when I was procrastinating and trying desperately to redeem myself by accomplishing at least a few of the resolutions I had made at the start of 2017!
Almost everyone makes New Year Resolutions and they are as varied as the personalities of those who make them. However, it seems there are a few that are usually at the top of everyone’s list. Exercise more, lose weight, become a whole new person! Whew, that’s quite a tall order, and one of which we can all fall short. I myself made a couple of resolutions this year, the first being to stop procrastinating…. As you can tell I have not done so well with this one as here it is already mid January and I am just now posting about New Years Resolutions! Let’s face it, making resolutions is fairly easy. It’s the KEEPING of them that can prove a little more difficult. To tell the truth, I would rather just go thrifting!
Speaking of thrift shopping, is it possible that doing this very fun activity might actually be able to help you in keeping some of your New Year Resolutions? Hmmmm, let’s explore this interesting theory and see ….
At the top of the list for most people is losing weight. Which of course is a good thing, especially if you are doing it for your health and well-being. However this can be a difficult journey and often we can come up with many excuses to sabotage ourselves, and derail the process. If I lose weight I can’t afford to buy a whole new wardrobe, you might say. Well this is a perfect example of how thrifting can come to your rescue. As we all know those, 10, 20, 30, however many pounds don’t magically come off at once, and this can leave you in an in-between space where you have clothes that no longer fit, but you have not reached your goal weight. You want to still look nice but don’t want to invest a lot of money into new clothes that (hopefully) will soon also be too large. Get yourself to a thrift store. You can find clothing in your newest size, and look great!
Another excuse, ummm I mean reason that we use is that there are soooo many diets out there, it is hard to know which one is right for us. And the cost of diet books are high. Many of us do not want to spend thirty dollars on a book only to find out that this is not the diet that is doable for us and then turn around and buy another and hope for the best. Once again, check out thrift stores. They have tons of diet books and cook books for those looking to shed weight at much, much lower prices.
Going hand in hand with the weight loss resolution is the resolve to exercise more. Walking as we all know is one of the easiest ways to get this done. So walk up and down those thrift store aisles and walk through them again. You never know what you might have missed the first time around. Visit several stores to get all your steps in and burn those calories! Thrift stores are also a great place to find exercise equipment, everything from hand weights, to stationary bikes, exercise dvds and more. You can also get great deals on work out gear. Sometimes new with tags attached. You know the ones donated from those who didn’t follow through on their resolutions!
Saving money is a big goal for many, especially after the cost of all that holiday shopping! Luckily if shopping is one of your favorite pastimes, you definitely do not have to give it up. Just give up paying retail prices! You can absolutely find practically ANYTHING you want or need at a thrift store. Clothing, housewares, toys, art, gifts, books, you name it, you can find it if you go thrifting! Another bonus is that many of the items you will find will be unique. So if padding your bank account sounds appealing to you, thrift shopping can definitely help you reach that goal.
Is a new look your objective for 2018? Easy ways to do this include getting a new hairstyle, or going to a local department store for a make-up tutorial. Many places will do this for free just call and ask. Of course a change of wardrobe is a fabulous way to make the transition to a new you. And once again thrift shopping can help you along the way. If you are normally a jeans and t-shirt kind of gal, you can easily and economically explore the world of skirts and dresses. Or if you have never tried denim, give it a go as thrift stores normally have a wide array of styles and colors to try. In fact they have just about absolutely any type of style you would like to try. So go ahead, delve into those racks and see what you can find!
So that is it! Vicky and I would like to take this opportunity to wish each and every one of you an absolutely amazing 2018. And as always till next time, be thrifty and stay fabuless!