I’ve often thought about what my personal clothing style is, tried wearing various types of items, consulted with friends about it and have come to the conclusion that it’s kinda ‘all over the place’…which is fitting, actually.

When I was younger and especially in high school, I was so grateful for a few friends who let me dive into their closets and borrow stuff on more than just a once-in-a-while occasion.

Also during those years my nickname from friends was ‘hobo Beck’ because I was a bit transient and carried my school stuff in plastic shopping bags.

To this day, I will never turn down the opportunity to go through a bag of thrift-store bound clothes and Jeff even takes issue with the fact that I wear certain things for waaayyyy too many years.

Even though it may seem contradictory to my ‘style’, I’ve always loved fashion, trends and really appreciate when others are put together so well. While I used to wear a bra much past its acceptable lifetime, I regularly invest in certain in things like good quality footwear — Birkenstock sandals, my camo Muck boots and favourite Nike running shoes for example.

Besides new undies (for obvious reasons), the feet are such an important part of the body for various health concerns so that’s one area I choose to make sure I spend the money as needed.

Pants, shirts, jackets, hoodies, snow gear, dresses, skirts, shorts, music, books, games, puzzles, etc. (and household stuff)…those items are a go when it comes to new-to-us appreciation.

People collect old cars, priceless paintings and designer bags and shoes. Shopping for vintage, antique and thrift products has always been hip, really.

I remember in early high school (when bell bottoms came back after they went away for the first time at the end of the 70’s), my friend and I bought old jeans, cut up a red bandana and glue-gunned it in between on the bottom so we had fashionable custom pants. They were sweet.

I also used to make splatter and puff-paint paint T-shirts as well as spend hours designing paper clothing and hand sewing random pieces of apparel.

As a parent, I know I’m not alone in having kept hand-me-downs from older friends for Braden and from Braden for Luke. Now that both boys are older, they’ve been dressing themselves for a while now. In years since having their desire to create a personal expression of style, pre-worn or thrift store clothing was a complete no-go.

As if they would wear something that wasn’t new or of a certain brand name.

What I didn’t know until yesterday was that ‘thrifting’ is now cool again for the majority of older kids and teenagers.

Whoo hoo! Game changer.

So Braden, Luke and I took a trip to Value Village last night.

Not only did I score a nice (RIDE) snowboarding jacket and pants that I was needing since I didn’t have one anymore, Luke found a dope pair of purple, red and tan Jordan 1’s in his size with a bit of room to grow…for just under $6.00!!!, a jean jacket he had hoped to find and a pair of tan cord pants. He was stoked.

Braden had his hopes set on docker-style beige pants but didn’t quite find what he wanted. He and I will go back another time.

We got in some belly laughs from viewing ball gowns, t-shirt graphics and the large selection and range of decades worth of attire. I’d say we even bonded a bit.

I’m content with this ‘out with the old, in with the old’ phase they are in and I hope it sticks.

After months of figuring out what would be the best approach for us and even though Luke and my soon-to-launch business will be new apparel, we have set the production up so that only what is ordered gets made and printed and everything from the ink to the item is environmentally and socially sourced.

It’s tough though. There is such an overabundance of textiles in this world that it makes one cringe to think of the waste and unnecessary excess that occurs.

One day adding a new-to-you component has also been on my radar…to incorporate thrifting into it all somewhere since it is so important to us that we find a way to be part of the solution and not the problem.

In the mean time, I have a good friend launching her online thrift store TOMORROW so be sure to check it out all she has to offer on Facebook (at)thriftloveclothing and Instagram (at)thriftloveclothing and www.thriftloveclothing.com.

As well, my other girlfriend has a clothing line that can be found on Insta (at)rebel_local. Unique designs and she is so fashionable.

Happy thrifting!





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