A poem on thrifting
By definition, thrifting is the careful use of money, especially by avoiding waste and thrift stores are the ones that sell used things like clothes, books, and furniture at throwaway prices. Being born in a typical middle-class, Indian family, thrifting had always been a part of our life. Just that, we didn’t know it was called so. Also, growing up we (my sibling and I) didn’t have any regrets. We eagerly fought for the hand-me-downs and also shared things
happily. It has now become part of our fond memories and we have passed on the tradition to our kids.
Thrifting is not just about cost cutting but it’s about valuing what we receive and the emotions behind it. Thrifting has been cool since ages. Here’s a poetic rendition for the Blogchatter campaign #ThriftingIsCool. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Time to get nostalgic with this sweet dedication to my sista!
How to thrift like a boss
1. Start early. Learn the art early on. Steal from your sibling’s closet and call it thrifting- even better- call it savings! Your parents will be proud whilst your sibling may frown. 2. I bet, your sibling’s stares help you grow a thick skin, over the years prepping to perfect the art of thrifting. Cajole them. Pay them in praise. Tell them their taste is better than yours. I do. It works. Soften their frowns with flattery. Earn the key to their
heartcloset. 3. Now that your foundations are laid strong, get out of your comfort zone. Go thrifting in your local shops. (Mind you, no stealing; shop owners are no siblings!) Wear something between cheap and chic. Don’t let your class seep through your clothes; it helps to sieve through all price ranges. 4. Walk in like the owner but befriend the staff with a fond grin. Take your sibling along if need be to remind yourself of your confidence. Patience is a virtue- practise it! 5. Scan through the shelves as if they were your lover’s heart. Seek their secrets. Do they speak to you in silence, profound? Seek! Know! 6. Pick the piece that speaks from its seams. Feel it. Do they invoke the tenderness of your lover’s foreplay or prick like their pretentious phiz? Rub it gently across your soulful skin. Does it smell of an exotic fragrance foreign to you or a rustic smell, familiar? Does it make you feel alien or give you the comfort of home? 7. Forget there’s anyone around. Forget the tags of trends or class upon you or the clothes. Forget you are you. Listen to your soul’s singing. Has it made friends with the seams or its seamless fabric? Make your choice. If confusion prevails, eye on the piece that your sibling might have picked without much thought. After all, you know what makes you feel at home!