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    33 Moments Serious Thrifters Know All Too Well

    Secondhand, not second choice.

    1. When people talk about $50 "deals," and you're just like... / Via

    Yeah, we see you in the comments section.

    2. When you see another shopper with something you want.

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    "That trivet will be mine."

    3. When, "At $3.99 a shirt," you think, "why not get 47 of them?"

    Oh, that's right. I remember now.

    4. When you find the perfect dress... it's just stained/torn/six sizes too small/not your color whatsoever. / Via Flickr: rikkis_refuge

    But you can totally fix that.

    Okay, so you basically need to make a whole new item of clothing.

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    All you need to do is a) invest in sewing supplies, b) learn how to sew, and c) be a completely different person.

    5. When you begin to question your identity a little.

    Confession: I have a tshirt from Jeremy's bar mitzvah and I didn't go. Also, who is Jeremy? #thriftproblems

    (Just in case you're waiting for a sign, yes, that "#1 DAD" mug is too good to pass up.)

    6. When you're on a roll and see more good stuff in the distance, but that one woman in the visor keeps trying to get your opinion on everything...

    Just get the damn denim shirt with the Looney Tunes embroidery if you want it; it's your life, ma'am.

    7. ... and once you slyly maneuver your cartful of loot past her, the dressing room sign says only three items are allowed.

    8. When you spend $10 on a dope coat... and $30 trying to dry clean that smell out.

    What, are you made of money?

    9. When this isn't romantic like everyone thinks it is.

    Oh no — this is you on minute 20 of trying to find the second Christian Lacroix in the bargain bin, and it is too damn real.

    10. When the pieces you want in the window aren't for sale yet...

    See you at 6am next Saturday, bb.

    11. ... or when that one thing you want has no tag on it, and it's store policy not to sell it that way.

    12. Which brings us to: whenever you encounter the evil that is staples.

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    Because you can't try on those Hammer pants with them lodged in the waistband, but you know what'll happen if you remove them (and therefore, the price tag).

    13. You when you're forced to go to the mall:

    14. You when you stroll into Value Village:

    15. And you, when you're dropping off donations and trying not to look at what's new on the racks.

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    *Grinds teeth audibly*

    16. When it's Family Day and none of the items you want are that week's color.

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    $7.99 once seemed so cheap; now, all the other items marked down to $4 are dust bunny-covered reminders of how cruel life can be.

    17. When it's Family Day and the items you want are that week's color.

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    18. (When) this bullshit.

    Got so excited over a 'Who's Next' vinyl but some wanker had to take it from the sleeve😑😩😭 #thriftingproblems


    19. When you're late somewhere but you see a Goodwill on the way.

    20. And then when you come to your senses.

    21. When you see this, gasp, and then realize it's not a store; it's part of a charity's actual noble mission.

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    And you are MAD AS HELL.

    22. When you heard "Thrift Shop" for the first time, and you were just like...

    23. When you decide painstakingly curated vintage stores aren't just overpriced; they're also kind of boring.


    IRL Pinterest boards are pretty and all, but hunters gotta hunt.

    24. When you have no more strength left in your arms from all that hunting.

    25. When you can't help but wonder, "Would this look good without shoulder pads?"

    Oh, you know.. just removing the shoulder pads from my Salvation Army sweaters #thrifterproblems

    Had to rip out shoulder pads from my top this morning. #thriftingproblems

    While cleaning my room I've found about 5 pairs of shoulder pads that I ripped out from sweaters and shirts. #thriftingproblems

    It's really amusing how many discarded shoulder pads I find laying around. #thrifterproblems

    26. When, even though the sign says they close at 6, at 5:50, some salty manager is all...

    And then you leave a nasty Yelp review and never return. Ha, just kidding! You're there at 9am the next morning.


    Watching Fresh Prince...I own the same dress as one of the actresses #thriftingproblems

    Oh, I see, so that's how you wanna play.

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    28. When a special occasion is fast approaching and you just can't find the right piece to complete your outfit.

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    After all, it's taken you 18 months to get this far.

    29. When your friend who's always on about how gross thrifting is NEEDS to know where you got that shirt.

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    Hmmm, I just can't remember...

    30. When after getting so used to filthy, unfriendly, expensive, and picked over spots in your city, you stop at a Salvy somewhere... less frequented.

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    Dresses are how much? What's a return policy? THERE'S A BATHROOM?!

    31. When it must be your lucky day.

    i bought some jeans from a thrift shop for $4.21 and got home to find $5 in the pocket. i swindled them.

    32. Or, when your purchase comes with a ~free gift~ ... and it is not a tiny bottle of perfume.

    The downside of thrift-store shopping: finding someone's nasty acrylic fingernail in the pocket of a pair of jeans you're trying on.

    33. When the fact is, no matter what lurks in your finds' pockets, you still can never shop enough.

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    It's not like regular stores that get new merchandise every few weeks. Stuff gets put out EVERY DAMN DAY.

    But buck up, thrifty friends — there's no need to Spano out! When you start to lose your cool, just remember the golden rule.