Okay, so…it didn’t actually transform our relationship.
Thrifting did transform our wardrobe though and we’re here to talk about it! Hannah has been talking about the power of thrifting since we met, but I wasn’t convinced.
I always felt awkward with thrifting.
I don’t like shopping in the women’s section because they don’t offer the styles that I like, but I’m often too small for the men’s section because I’m not a 5’11 to 6 foot man, so thrifting always sounded like a confusing mess.
Hannah talks a big game about how thrifting practically won her best dressed in high school. But again, I wasn’t convinced (she did have some really cute outfits though.) After 2 1/2 years of being together, I finally decided to give thrifting a proper try. And let me tell you guys something, I’m a changed woman.
We’ve always been a thrifty couple, but it was exclusively nick nacks and home decor.
We have always related to thrifting considering the unique things that we find. 85% of our house is filled with various thrift store finds, and it’s a great way to stay in budget while still getting items that we genuinely like. But when it came to clothing, Hannah was always dragging me out of the house. That is, until earlier this past July.
Sometimes all it takes is one time.
And that’s exactly what happened with me. One day, we were in the women’s section just browsing for Hannah, and I hit the thrift jackpot. A dozen (no, seriously) silky, patterned button downs were practically lined up for me. They were all my preffered size, and they all exactly what my wardrobe needed. Hannah was glowing. Finally, I could see what she sees.
Since that day, I’ve been a thrift addict.
Now, I’m the one begging to go to Goodwill or Salvation Army, and we both always come away with armfuls of new finds. Thrifting has transformed our wardrobes completely! Before that fateful day in Goodwill, I was feeling really down about my closet. Our budget has been extremely limited, and clothing wasn’t a top priority. When I could buy something new, my options seemed limited to t-shirts – they’re always the cheapest thing in the sale section, and usually they’re the only men’s clothing product that I can fit into.
This was honestly depressing for me. I love clothes, wearing an outfit that I love makes me feel confident. It’s really important for me to feel confident and cute in what I wear, and t-shirts weren’t it. I felt like everything I bought just made me look like a kid. It was not a good feeling.
That’s why thrifting means so much to me!
Since discovering the gold mine of thrifting, I’ve been able to own such a diverse selection of pieces. Silky button downs are just the tip of the iceberg (although they’re still my favorite thing to pick up), and now I feel like my wardrobe actually reflects me.
So I know we said thrifting didn’t transform our relationship, but it did improve it!
I’ve been begging Ariana to give thrifting a chance for years. But there was a small problem, she needed some convincing, and I’ve been off my thrifting game since I started college back in 2015.
When I was a senior in high school, Salvation Army was my favorite after school activity (usually with my best friend, who just started her own Instagram blog!). But when I got to college, my wardrobe seemed incompatible with my new lifestyle.
I cycled through a lot of different looks, but none of them really fit me.
Fast forward to last spring, I was just starting to get my style groove back. With Ariana’s encouragement and guidance, I figured out what kind of clothes I liked! Now, I just had to be able to afford them…
That’s when I started to really push for thrifting.
With so many fond memories of finding unique and cool pieces during my high school thrifting endeavors, I knew I needed to bring it back. Initially, I was more misguided. I still wasn’t sure what I was looking for entirely, and that made it harder to find things I wanted to buy. While Ariana was discovering her treasure trove of vintage button downs, I was leaving empty handed. However, after rediscovering my love of 70’s color palettes and silhouettes, I finally had direction. This is when thrifting really took off for both me and Ariana.
So how did thrifting help our relationship?
I always talk about how our relationship gets better with time, and thrifting is just another piece of evidence for that theory. Now, we have another activity that we love to do with one another. Thrifting is fun and accessible, and it’s another way that we get to spend quality time together. We’re really big on quality time, and we love that we can enjoy each other’s company while getting stuff done!
You might be wondering: “how is buying clothes productive?” Well, since we do what we do, clothes are a necessity for our work. Thrifting means that we get more looks for you guys, and more content for our blog/social media!
We’ve also gotten way better at our weekly dates!
It can be hard for us to prioritize dates every week, but “Salvation Army Fridays” makes it easy to stick to at least one date a week. (For those of you who don’t know, Salvation Army has 50% off all clothing on Fridays and Saturdays.) We haven’t missed a Friday yet! This way, we’re always getting out of the house and engaging with each other.
Ultimately, these last few months have supported my theory –
Our relationship really does get better and better! I’ve personally gotten a lot of satisfaction and joy from seeing Ariana have so much fun doing something that I’ve always liked to do, and I love that we both benefit so much from it. These last couple of months have been such a blast for me, and I love how we have yet another thing in common. But anyways,
A lot of you guys ask us where we get our outfits from…
And this is our way of answering! Without thrifting, our Instagram would be a barren, sad place. If we don’t mention where we got our outfits from, it’s usually because they’re thrifted, and we don’t actually know where they’re from!
Thrifting has made us better creators, as well as happier people. Actually, being better creators has made us happier as well! It’s also given us another activity that we love doing together. It’s fun, productive, and inexpensive, and we almost always come away feeling accomplished!
Now, if only we could thrift a bigger closet….
Until next time,
Ariana & Hannah