But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
These are the 9 attributes of a Christian life. Love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control are a part of our daily lives and if we use a little imagination they can also be used as a helpful framework for how to go about thrift shopping. Many people have not had much experience with resale shopping and it can be an overwhelming experience, but if we keep these 9 qualities in mind it becomes much easier to find exactly what you are looking for.
Love: Buy what you love! This is the simplest rule, buy the items that you fall in love with, you may never see them again even if you return to the same store the next day.
Joy: Make your shopping experience fun! Grab a few friends and make a day out of thrift shopping. Go to multiple stores and don’t be afraid to try on clothes that are out of your comfort zone or just plain hilarious. You can find some pretty out of this world clothing at a thrift store.
Peace: Try not to be overwhelmed. Many thrift and resale shops are packed with merchandise and can be hard to move around in. This can sometimes scare off potential customers. Relax, take your time, and don’t be afraid to dig through racks of clothing and piles of merchandise.
Forbearance: Be patient. Patience is a VERY important part of thrift shopping. Thrift shops constantly rotate their inventory and each store has unique items. When you are hunting for a particular item it can take multiple trips to multiple thrift shops over multiple weeks to find the perfect thing. So try to be patient.
Kindness & Goodness: Do something good for your community. Donating your lightly used clothing, home decor, furniture, and electronics is an amazing way to help your local thrift shops (especially the nonprofit ones). Also be sure to be kind to the employees, if you can make friends with an employee they will be more willing to help you find exactly what you are looking for.
Faithfulness: Don’t give up! Have faith that you will eventually find what you are looking for. It may take a few trips but you will find what you need somewhere.
Gentleness: Treat the items with respect. They may be used and old but be sure to be kind to the store and its often-delicate merchandise.
Self-control: Be a thoughtful buyer. Don’t buy something because it is cheap, buy it because you have a use for it, or can see yourself wearing it. Also try to go shopping on sale days to get the best deals. Check out our Events page to find a calendar of sale days at Revive!