My name is Ariel and I am a shopaholic. This is the part where you respond by saying, “Hi, Ariel.”
Now that you’ve made it to our meeting, we can help each other!
In the past year, I have spent close to $2,500.00 on clothing and jewelry. For some this might not seem like a lot, but when you only make $36,000 a year and you’ve got loans and bills to worry about, it is quite a dent. Now add to that, I just ended my Teach For America commitment and earned a Master’s in Education, but I can’t seem to get anyone to hire me in Las Vegas, NV because I don’t have “industry experience.” You see my problem now?
So it’s time to make a change. I can’t just quit shopping. Style is how I express myself and, often times, reflects exactly how I am feeling that day. Sometimes I dress fierce and professional to assert myself. Sometimes I wear sweatpants because I feel sad or sick. Sometimes I look like a flower child from the 1960s because I want to give off an approachable vibe. I can’t give that part of myself up.
So here is my solution: I will only shop at secondhand stores for the next 365 days.
My sister claims I am already a “hipster” and it should be easy for me to continue that style thrifting. I hope she is right. I will be documenting everything I can about this challenge and posting pictures of my outfits with the price tag of each one along the way. Beyond style, I will investigate the ethics of thrifting and which second-hand stores are truly beneficial to society and which are a scam (cough Goodwill cough).
How Can I Help You?
I’ve got style, people. My mom even says so!
In all seriousness, I am dedicated to fighting injustices, even the small ones. You should not be judged by what brand of clothing you wear or how much your shoes cost. Clothes are clothes and what matters is how we style and express ourselves. Let me help you with that!
So if you are a poor college student looking for ways to save money without giving up style, a parent trying to clothe children that never stop growing, someone that genuinely considers themselves a hipster, or an individual with a shopping problem like me, follow my journey as a secondhand enthusiast. I am on Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin. Reach out to me and I’ll make it a priority to get back to you!