To wash or not to wash?

You should wash your thrift finds before wearing them, smoking them, eating them, etc.

I admit it, I am guilty of finding fabulous items and not washing them.

However, this bad habit is not to be imitated.

The overarching reason is due to the fact that fabrics can host a variety of microbial organisms. Some of them good.

Some of them bad.

According to Popular Science ” Microbes can live on household surfaces and fabrics for hundreds of years(https://www.popsci.com/scitech/article/2002-08/how-long-do-microbes-bacteria-and-viruses-live-surfaces-home-normal-room-tem/). Harmful bacteria can be responsible for a variety of health issues within living organisms. Health issues ranging from wilted plants, to food poisoning to death.

Thankfully, there currently exists a broad range of household cleaners, laundry detergents, and fabric cleaners to combat these issues and kill bacteria!

My favorite laundry detergent to kill bacteria is Lysol Laundry Sanitizer Additive.

By favorite I mean it’s the best one based on reviews and analyzation of its ingredients. I haven’t actually used it, yet. I told y’all that I don’t wash my thrift clothes before wearing them like I should.

But even if you do not disinfect your preowned fabrics and household items, growing up in a place close to nature and surrounded by animals is not only beneficial for our bodies, but it also strengthens our mental health”. This conclusion was drawn based on the effects drawn from a study done by researchers from University of Ulm and University of Colorado Boulder.

The study studied the immune and stress indicators in a group of 40 males between the ages of 20 and 40. In the study half the men grew up in the country and the other half in the city.

The results that came out were unexpected. The group of men who grew up in the city showed significantly higher levels of peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs), a known immune system component which appears when a person is under stress.

The group raised in the country also evidenced stronger immune systems as a result of higher levels of commensal bacteria.

According to Science Daily commensal bacteria is described as “most species are harmless or perform beneficial functions, such as aiding digestion”.

Bacteria is able to live and be transferred via fabrics therefore the benefits of commensal bacteria on articles of clothing will be transferred to you!

So would you wash your thrift finds? Or let the bacteria wash all over your body?

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Thrift store find

So those that know me well will confirm that “I only love my bed and my mama, I’m sorry”

and scented candles. I absolutely LOVE scented candles. The air that I breathe has to smell good or I ain’t breathing it. Think I’m joking? I’m not. I almost died from lack of oxygen everyday in the schools restroom.

I associate smells with memories from the past that actually happened as well as memories that I would like to be true. For example, the moment I smell my tropical paradise candle I am immediately transported to the time when my billionaire boyfriend that looks like Morris Chestnut took me on a vacation to a beach in Thailand. Well, that hasn’t exactly happened…yet

but a girl can dream! And scented candles help to take me there.

So you can imagine how excited I was when a routine trip to Goodwill found me face to face with loads of scented candles.

Turns out some person (probably me in an alternate universe) had nowhere to stash their hoard of scented candles and was forced to donate them to their local Goodwill where I could buy them. I, too, have nowhere to put them and my tiny space is reminiscent of a room that you’d see on Hoarders, but at least it smells nice.

Yet another reason to love thrifting. A guilty pleasure at a low price can always be found.

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Thrift store find

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There was this immense feeling of pain and loss when I reached the age were I was crying facetoo old for pokemon but too young to claim pokemon as nostalgic.  The lost feeling could be largely attributed to the fact that I was not only losing my favorite television show, but also my preferred video game, past time, card game, conversation topic, and identity

 

My identity was largely constructed of Americanized Japanese culture.  Japanese culture was force fed to 90’s kids.  This is apparent from the media that was popular at the time.

 

From the foods.

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To even the fashion.

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This Americanized Japanese culture was so heavily inundated in me that I couldn’t just go cold turkey from it.  I was addicted to the multiple entertainment options offered by one brand.  I needed something to help ease me out of this addiction, a sort of methadone.  Luckily, a bridge between teen-dom and Pokemon appeared!  This methadone derivative offer a television show, a card game, AND a slew of fashionable school supplies.  I wasn’t going to have to bust out a plain colored notebook in class, I could get a trendy one with the character of this anime on it .

I am talking about the infamous Yugioh!!

Do you remember playing Yugioh cards? Or watching Yugioh on thelevision? At my school we assigned economic value to Yugioh cards.  The blue eyed red dragon came in clutch when you wanted to trade your apple at lunchtime for a bag of cookies.

I spotted the item below at a local thrift store.

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This gem had over 600 cards and was only $6.99!  For the entire binder!  So of course I had to buy it.  Wouldn’t you?

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The Best Online Thrift stores

Shopping can be draining,  All that people interaction and walking and stuff.  Sometimes you just feel like lying on your bed and binge watching a show on Netflix.

(minus the partner in this picture, most of us are forever alone😭)

Fortunately the peoples cries of wanting to shop in their pajamas was heard faster than God heard the cries of the Hebrew slaves (just kidding).  Thus online shopping was born!  We could now dive into consumerism without having to step a foot outside!

I love online shopping, its retail therapy without having to  be around people, don’t get me wrong I love people, but sometimes I just need a break from you guys.  So online shopping is perfect!  With the exception of one thing: the cost.  High prices of retail stores don’t go away just because you didn’t have to spend money on gas.  In fact you are more likely to click on and buy that higher priced item in lieu of the reasonably priced one that you initially selected.

Well I’m a baddie on a budget and don’t have the funds to be making it rain in online retail shops.

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So you can imagine how pumped I was when I discovered that some thrift stores were online!  It was a dream come true.  So I want to share my found treasure with you guys and share with you the best online thrift stores!

Goodwill

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Nike Huarache; $8.00

 

I had absolutely no idea that Goodwill had an online marketplace but it does!  I was ECSTATIC to find this out!  Online it offers an auction style buying service in which mot bid times only last for 24 hours!  There is such a wide array of items you can find here from wedding dresses to saxophones.  I for one know that I’m about to get something from here.

ThredUp

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Ann Taylor Factory; $22.99

I recently discovered ThredUp and was immediately impressed by how professional the site design appeared.  I also love how easy the site is to use and that it does not feel as if you are shopping online at a thrift store but at like H&M or something, you know?  They offer a wide selection and you can search for a specific brand.  Prices are definitely less than what you would pay for the item if brought new but they are higher than what you would probably pay at a traditional thrift store.

 

Asos Marketplace

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co-ordinates top and trousers; $30.00

It is the perfect combination of one of a kind, pre-owned, and low cost with fashionable.  I did not even know that it existed until a few days ago but now I am glad that I found it.  Asos marketplace offers lower cost items from independent designers and vintage stores around the globe.  So you can honestly say you got your jacket from Thailand even though you did;t actually go to Thailand.

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Calvin Klein jacket; 18.99

This online thrift store is unique in that it tells you the exact location where your item is coming from.  It also has very fast shipping!  It only took me 3 days to get my items from them!

Gone-tomorrow.com

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Vintage Aztec clay mask; $18.00

 

Formerly known as Once in a Blue Moon Online Thrift and Consignment Store the newly named gone tomorrow has been operating since 2002!  It offers slightly used clothing in addition to home goods.  Personally I think they are best at home goods and prefer shopping for knickknacks like the one above from them.

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Apple to Apples game, $8.00

The self described “largest online consignment shop” this store offers games and toys in addition to clothes.  This website had all thee 90’s toys like Yu-gi-oh cards and Gameboys, it was soon nostalgic.  I think every 90s kid will spend their entire paycheck on this thrift store.

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Best sewing machine for thrifting projects

You have been on the hunt for a pair of high-rise flared denim jeans without embellished back pockets.  You can imagine how great they will look on you.  Not to mention how fashion forward they will be!  You have seen them in all the high-fashion magazines and street wear blogs and know they are about to be mainstream.  You are determined to rock them before they become mainstream, because when things become mainstream that signals the beginning of the end.  You want to nurse a newborn, not a grown man.  This jeans will be your newborn.  So determined to find them you scour the racks of every clothing store within a 30 mile radius.  You spend hours frantically combing through jeans then your desperation leads you to search the clearance aisles.  Still no luck.  Finally you admit defeat and conclude that you will never find  pair of high rise flared denim jeans without embellished back pockets.


Sad you decide to get a throw away cheap shirt that you can cry in and spill ice cream on.

To find that shirt you go to the thrift shop next to the mall.  You enter the shop and as if it was meant to be the  perfect pair of  pair of high-rise flared denim jeans without embellished back pockets stares at you.  The chorus to Sias song Chandelier starts plying and suddenly the imaginary camera crew around you is spinning.

  

It’s like faith when you find that perfect pair of jeans.  You start crying but not the sad tears you anticipated but happy ones.

You run to look at the jeans closely and upon further inspection are blown away by how close to perfection the really are.  The medium wash fabric as well as the use of three buttons to close the pants are exactly what you are looking for.  The pants are in your size!  Ahhh everything is perfect.  Except for one thing.  The perfect jeans are too long! What are you going to do?!

If you are a regular thrifter chances are you’ve encountered the problems above.  I have encountered them plenty of times!  Unfortunately, I was not blessed with speedy fingers that can hem a pair of pants in 5 minutes or sew some decorative buttons on a plain blazer etc.  I also was not blessed with the financial ability to fork out $100+ on a sewing machine.  Oh, and I wasn’t blessed with space.  So what WAS I blessed with???  The superpower of finding a way 😎.  


So I found this super cheap, tiny, sewing machine that is absolutely perfect for adjustments to clothing found at thrift stores.  The sewing machine is titled the iBoost Portable Sewing Machine and I purchased it on Amazon for 18.99! (oh yeah this post is not sponsored).  The best part of this sewing machine is that its battery operated!  So you don’t have to run up your electric bill taking in the waist of a pair of pants from the thrift store.  The ability to alter items gives me the ability to not have to worry about whether clothes are too big or too long.  The freedom has given me the opportunity to purchase brilliant pants, blazers, and shit from the men’s section as well as awesome women pieces in larger sizes.  A sewing machine enabled me to take my thrifting to the next level.  The iBoost enabled me to level up while staying in my budget.  So, in the words of Ciara, level up.

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