OPINION: There’s been an awful lot of chatter online recently about those thrift flippers, people who give old clothes new life.
As a second hand reseller myself, I’m here to say we’re not all as icky as you think we are. Yes, I’ve been called that.
I’ve been op shopping all of my adult life.
It started long before I understood or had even really heard of fast fashion, cheap, trendy clothing. I was a teenager, on a paper run wage, trying to find my own style.
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I learnt that my dollar went a lot further, but also, that I could dress a bit differently than all of my friends wearing that same polar fleece zip up hoodie from Glassons.
As I grew older, entered a reasonably well-paying career, and got married, I spent some years more often buying new than second hand.
But that all changed again when I was expecting my first child in 2018, and I realised how much dressing a child could cost me.
Woah, there we were; about to be on one income, with a little human to clothe.
I started stocking up on teeny tiny things from the likes of Kmart, but I very quickly realised that stuff just doesn’t last well.
So, I went back to my op shopping roots, only now, 10 years later, it wasn’t just physical op…