Sunday, January 19, 2014

Celebrating National Thrift Week.

Yesterday I participated in a thrift crawl with Sammy Davis and Christina of Philly Diva. Unfortunately, Christina couldn't make it due to personal reasons. It would have been nice to meet her. The crawl was also sponsored by the Institute for American Values and the Goodwill

I was so nervous on the drive to the meet up spot at the Cherry Hill mall. I usually don't go out with other people and I tend to hermit. So going out with a group of strangers and a blogger that I've admired for a long time was nerve wracking. It's easy to be confident online, it's different in person. Anyway, I got out of the car and approached the group fellow thrifters, and met Sammy Davis. She is such a warm and fun lady!
Ready to leave for the thrift crawl!

We went to three Goodwill shops, one in Pennsauken, Stradford, and Bellmawr. I found so many treasures in each shop including a Lilly Pulitzer dress with the tags still on it! It was originally $198 and I got it for under 5 dollars!

In the dressing room at the Stradtford Goodwill with my prize!

There was such a feeling of camaraderie in the group, we were all fellow hunters for thrift store treasures. If someone found something someone else might like they held on to it and gave it to them. When we got on the bus after visiting each shop we all dished on what we bought. This was by far the most fun I've ever had on a thrifting trip, and I've been thrifting for a long time. 

 This people were so awesome! Everyone was so nice and outgoing, we all bonded over our love of thrift shopping. (Photo borrowed from Sammy Davis's facebook page)
I met Jasmine, she had her first thrifting experience on this trip. She was with her mother and I had a blast talking to the both of them. 

We spent our lunch break learning about the history of National Thrift Week. Thrift Week was started in 1916, it begins on January 17th which is Ben Franklin's birthday. Thrift week faded out in the mid 60s when consumerism became such a big thing and it was reinstated in 2011.

I'm so happy my passion for thrift shopping has led me to yesterday's thrift crawl. Sammy Davis explained that thrift fashion is all about self expression and creativity and she is absolutely right. I would never be able to play with my style as much as I do if I didn't thrift, more people should join the thrift revolution and I can't see why anyone wouldn't! 

I was elated to meet her and go thrifting!

My Mommom is holding up some of the great things we received in our goodie bags. We also received the indispensable encyclopedia of Thrift. 

I got this gorgeous bubble gum pink skirt yesterday at the Pennsauken Goodwill and I paired it with my Mommoms's beaded sweater to go out today. 

Here's some detail from the sweater and a pair of gorgeous earrings that my Mommom gave me. 

Have any of you ever participated in a Thrift Crawl or do you bring a group of people to thrift with? What does National Thrift Week mean to you?

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for posting this, Megan. I'm so glad that you had fun, connected with others, and found some great finds. Happy Thrift Week! :)