There was a time when I used to be quite ashamed of the fact that I was big on thrift shops. I saw a post on thrift shopping by one of my favorite bloggers, Brenda and I’m wondering why I ever was ashamed of my love for thrift shops and all the pretty things I get from them.
I like gwonjo, okrika, bend-down-select, whichever name is more your thing. Now, I really don’t care what people think. Yes, so my top is second-hand, who your first-hand, tear-rubber top help? Certainly not me.
Of course, the cheapness gives me major thrills, I will not lie! But I also get really pretty things. Like the top in the picture below that I got for
In fact, not just the top, but the shoes and jacket are all gwonjo.
Or this one that I got for
And I don’t just do clothes. I thrift shop for shoes too… Like the silver sandals I’m wearing and my sister’s black shoes…
Why do we get ashamed of some things? I’m not supposed to be sorry that I can’t afford to go on a shopping spree in a boutique, am I? I found out that the answer to that is no.
All this talk about not forming and being ourselves and then when we talk about how our jeans are gwonjo, we are told to hush. Sister! Do you want that brother to think you are below his class? Or those girls to think you are not in their league? Haba! Pull yourself together! Nobody has to know! 🙊🙉
So yes, I go thrift shopping. I even have customers that call me when new things come in. I’m in my father’s house, come and beat me.
Now on thrift shopping, like any other thing, it has it’s own pros and cons. Let’s be guided, not everything that glitters is gold. The pros including joy-giving cheapness and incredible variety. Also, gwonjo is usually strong and of good quality. The cons include the very high tendency to go on an impulsive binge buying because things are so cheap. Do I need to warn you of the boys you would probably be buying from? Yes, I should.
In Nigeria, Igbos are the kings of business. The people you buy from are likely to be Igbo. If you are not careful, they will drag you or your bag or anything they can lay hands on, all in a bid to get you to buy from them. That said, beware of pickpockets. They are everywhere.
Now that you are packed with all this knowledge, I hope I have been able to convince you, and not confuse you, that thrifting is all right after all.