Hello everyone and welcome to this post, a post that I’ve been working on a while now and I am so excited that it’s finally ready to be published!
Today I am proudly presenting you my very first blogging collaboration. One of my favorite things about this whole virtual world of blogging is to be able to talk to my readers. And I decided that it’s about time to take the conversation with all of those amazing and inspiring people out of the comment space below, but into an actual blogpost! And here we go, my very first conversation post: a collab with the wonderful Kali from Tales from the Thrift Store is talking all things – can you guess it? – thrifting! I am so thrilled that this worked out so well, because Kali is honestly one of my favorite bloggers out there! I cannot thank Kali enough for agreeing to help me out here, she has the most amazing knowledge about fashion, thrift stores and can tell you far more about it than I ever could!
So, I better stop rambling by myself, let’s start the conversation!
ME – I myself have discovered a love for thrift stores and secondhand clothes in the past year or so. The prices are undeniably better, it is helping the environment and I find my style has become a lot more unique and interesting since I started shopping in thrift stores. My first question for you would be, when did you discover thrifting for yourself and did it influence your style as well?
KALI- I have been thrifting ever since I can remember, but I really got into it after I graduated college. After graduating and moving back home, I realized that my wardrobe consisted of t-shirts and tight skirts. None of which worked for post-grad situations. It all started with popping into the thrift store to find a blazer for an interview. Then I went back for shorts. It didn’t take long for me to be hooked on the price, eco-friendly factor, and the fun of the hunt. I also found that I didn’t really have a personal style after college.
Thrift stores were the perfect way for me to try out different trends and not feel bad if they didn’t work out.
I tried out a few different styles before I found the one for me, and it didn’t cost much. Testing out different styles is still something that I love to do.
ME – What defines a good thrift store for you? The variety of clothes, the people, the vibe?
KALI – For me, organization is the biggest factor in a good thrift shop. It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you walk into any thrift store. There are tons of sizes, styles, and options all around you. Not to mention knick knacks on top of clothing. So being organized is a huge thing for me. Other than that, I think a lot of it depends on your own attitude.
If you do it with an open mind, you’re going to find something. If you go in thinking that you’re doomed, you probably will be.
ME – In thrift stores you can find the most unexpected little treasures, even if it’s the dress in the last corner of the shop. Could you share one of your favorite treasure-finding-experiences with us?
KALI – The fun thing about thrift shopping is that you never know what you’re going to find. I can truly say that my favorite item changes almost every time I walk into the thrift shop. As of recently, one of my favorites is a pair of brand new thigh-high boots that I found for $5. I also really love my gold frame mirror that hangs in my office, which was $5 as well.
ME – I find that thrifting is becoming more and more popular these days. But there is still a stigma around it, that the clothes are of lesser quality and only for grandmas. Just recently, I and my friend talked about getting a dress at the local thrift store and another girl responded that she would never wear anything out of a thrift store. What would you say to people that still don’t really “trust” thrift stores?
KALI – I would say that it’s their loss. I’m not in the business of convincing everyone that thrifting is for them, but I would challenge them to go and see what they think. There is a stigma of dirty, out-of-style clothing in thrift stores, but I’m hoping to change that. With a little time, hunting, and styling, you’d be surprised how thrifted items come to life if you help them a little. One of my best friends won’t set foot in a thrift shop. She’s never been and says that she never will. And that’s perfectly okay! I am patiently awaiting the day that she lets me take her to one though.
People thrift for a lot of different reasons. For some it’s the price, others it the hunt, and to some it’s the sustainability factor. Once you find that reason, you’ll never look back.
ME – Over the past year you successfully achieved to live a purposeful life! This sounds so very awesome, could you explain in more detailed words what exactly that means for you and what part thrifting plays in this purposeful life?
KALI – I kind of stumbled into this journey to purposeful living. After I was done with school, I realized that everything on my to-do list was done. I had graduated high school, graduated college, and found a job. The rest of my life was going to have to be designed by me. I wanted to live a life that meant something and that I could be proud of. For me, that meant learning about the world around me. I wanted to know what was going into the food I ate, the places that I shopped, and the brands I was wearing. As I dug deeper into the waste and the injustice in the fashion world, I knew that this was something I needed to share with others.
The best part of my journey to live purposefully truly is sharing tips and tricks with people and hearing their advice in return. Living purposefully is a personal choice, but it works best when shared with others.
ME – Unique pieces from a thrift store have helped me feeling prettier and more creative wearing my outfits every day. You have written some very powerful and uplifting posts for young women and girls feeling confident in their body and clothes (for example >here!<). What has helped you the most to gain that confidence in your skin and fashion sense?
KALI – Thank you so much! It’s so kind of you to say that. I think the biggest part of any journey with fashion is knowing that you have a choice. Just because Regina George wears army pants and flips flops doesn’t mean you have to wear army pants and flip flops. When you can let go of what everyone else is wearing and focus on what makes you feel most confident, that’s when the magic happens.
At the end of the day it’s not about wearing what’s popular. It’s about knowing what makes you want to jump out of bed and put it on in the morning— no matter what that may be.
ME – Now, coming to end of this interview, in case someone still hasn’t found enough reasoning: why should everyone reading this start thrifting as well?
KALI – You should start thrifting because it interests you. I’m not here to convince you to thrift shop, but I can tell you that it’s changed my life. Personally, I thrift shop to save money, try out different trends and help limit textile waste in the world. For you, the reasons might be completely different. I can tell you one thing — you never know until you try.
ME – One little insider hack for new bees in the beautiful world of thrifting?
KALI – The best tip I can give is to not go in with any expectations. People find amazing things at the thrift store, but there is also a lot of crap. You get out of thrifting what you put into it.
If you’re willing to hunt for the good stuff, you’ll find it.
And with this wonderful conclusion I will conclude this post. Huge thanks to Kali, it was super interesting to hear your point of view and if anyone doesn’t know Kalis Blog yet, better go and check it out right now -> https://talesfromthethriftshop.com/ <- , trust me you won’t regret it!
I hope you guys enjoyed this conversation and hopefully you will join it in the comment section! We want to hear your thoughts! I am very happy with how this first collaboration turned out, and I hope that there are more In Conversations to come!
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