As a thrifter, you get some pretty interesting questions. Do you buy shoes from the thrift store? What do you use to sterilize your items? Do you ever think about who was wearing it before you? Just for the record, the answers are yes, depends and sometimes, if its vintage.
I fully understand that thrifting is not for the faint at heart, that sometimes it can be slightly uncomfortable. However, with enough hand sanitizer and a supportive friend, you can confidently approach most situations. So for those of you who experience Thrift Store Phobia (specifically of the hygienic nature), pay attention because I’m dedicating this post to why bracelets are the best place to start your thrifting journey.
1. They are inexpensive – You’ll be paying less for a bracelet than you did for the coffee you grabbed on your way to the store.
2. Easy to locate – Jewelry is located in one of two places: by the register or in the front of the store. Knowing this, you can make a bee line for one of those two areas. This allows you to avoid any unwanted contact with used clothing or shoes.
3. Easy to identify damage – Unlike clothes, that can require several minutes of inspection, bracelet damage is pretty easy to spot. Tarnish, missing bling and discoloration are the major culprits to keep your eyes out for.
4. Simple cleaning – Think bleach water, hot soapy water and disinfecting spray or wipes. Just about anything will work, without putting your new purchases at risk of damage.
5. No competition – Its overlooked by thrifters. ALL. THE. TIME. Although rummaging through racks on any given Saturday can create a level of anxiety nobody wants to deal with, people forget to shop the jewelry case. Most the time its just you and the sales clerk. No elbow bumping, cart jousting or dressing rooms required.
6. Texture, color and variation – Not everyone wants to sport a primary colored chevron dress or snake skin yellow pants, but, put them in a bracelet and wa-lah, you’ve added a whole other level of style.
Each of the thrifted bracelets pictured were thrifted at various stores, none of them costing over $4.