I haven’t talked about a certain personal topic on this blog, and for good reason. One, I’m not a dietician nor am I a nutritionist. Two, weight is a very personal thing and I choose not to speak about my past issues with food and obesity. I will share that in 2015, due to oncoming health issues, I dropped over 50 pounds and 5 clothing sizes. I’ve maintained that loss to this day, and – even though I’m smaller than I used to be – I’m still very much a plus size babe.
That said, I feel like sharing something that happened to me, something eye-opening and humbling.
And it happened at a thrift store.
On a trip to one of our newer and local thrifts, a thrift I’d yet to visit (even though it’s very close to my house), I was browsing racks of luscious, beautiful, barely-worn clothing. Nothing brings a smile to my face more than flipping through the hangers, looking for new-to-me clothing in my new size.
This particular day, I kept running across gorgeous pieces that made my heart leap. I pulled the first item off the rack and fumbled for the size label, not noticing the actual size of the garment.
The sweater was in my old size, a size 28/30.
I stopped in my tracks, put the garment up against the rack and looked at it. I pulled it across, holding onto the sides, and stared at it for a moment before placing it back on the rack.
It seemed that nearly everything I found that day was in my old size.
Where, oh where, were these clothes years ago when I was searching my size at the thrift stores? I’d almost given up on thrifting back then, having come away nearly each shopping trip with nothing to show for the effort.
When I started dropping the weight, I would pull clothes out of my closet – clothes that had grown too big – and donate them to my favorite thrift. I’d donated, hoping to give someone a happy surprise when they dropped in to shop.
I still wonder who may have found the killer pink and black leopard top I’d given away, the awesome purple and black tie-dye pants…the faux-fur collared coat.
What I found to be true as a bigger person – that the thrift stores just don’t seem to like plus size folks – seems to have changed dramatically in the past couple of years. Today, there is a much better selection of plus size clothing in the thrift stores. In my city, every single thrift store I frequent is filled with wonderful plus size treasures. I’ve seen quite a lot of great pieces of clothing in ranges from tiny up to a size 28/30.
You have to look, just like you have to look when you’re searching any size…but they’re there. Trust me on this.
If you’re plus size and are afraid of trying to thrift for clothes, give it a try. I’m sure there are many garments in your size waiting to be found in shops where you live. Just take your time and look at everything. You may be pleasantly surprised.
Make it a point to give it a go. Your closet and your wallet will thank you!
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