Truth be told, I never used to be a thrifter, in fact I hated second hands clothes. Growing up in a Pentecostal home, I was taught that everything is attached to a spirit, for example I remember coming home from school one day, and I was wearing one of my mate's jumpers, and my mother lost the plot (typical African parents) she went on to explain that “there is more to what we see and touch”. From that day on I was very careful about wearing peoples clothes and mixing myself with unknown spirits.
Early 2014 I was introduced to thrifting by my husband, at first I was very against it. There was a time when he came home with this beautiful long coat that he purchased from the salvos, I quickly told him that I didn’t want 'souls' in my house. He told me how much I would save if I started shopping at OP Shops. I still wasn’t convinced. A few months later I told him how I wanted to shift my style to AFRO ECCENTRIC with a VINTAGE touch. He took me to so many different OP Shops to see if I would find what I was looking for, and that was when I fell in LOVE.
My love for thrifting grew rapidly, turning trash into treasure became pleasure. I started discovering places I never knew existed. I couldn’t believe how cheap everything was and how great the quality was. As my perspective changed I realised that thrifting is the art of hunting for unique pieces that can’t be found in big places but only in tiny little places like OP Shops. While all this was happening, I kept it hush hush, I was a bit embarrassed to tell my family and friends that I was now shopping at the second hand stores. That is when I decided to create my 5 GOLDEN RULES FOR THRIFTING.
The rules were created for spiritual protection and a peace of mind. Having a personal relationship with Jesus, I know the importance of prayer. Prayer is a powerful tool and should be included in every part of our lives. I came to the conclusion that, there is nothing wrong with thrifting and wearing second hands clothes, after all you are saving money and helping the environment, But remember to pray for it first.
MY 5 GOLDEN RULES.
1. THANK JESUS FOR IT.
2. BREAK EVERY CHAIN THAT IS ATTACHED TO IT.
3. WASH IT IN THE BLOOD OF JESUS
4. WASH IT WITH WATER ( IRON IF YOU HAVE TO)
5. STYLE IT, OWN IT, ITS ALL YOURS.
Go explore your local OP shop the next time you've got a few hours spare on hand!