I know we are all very familiar with the “Yo Mama” jokes. They were big when I was in school and the same exact ones are still circulating around to my kids in school now. Do you remember this one? “Yo Mama so poor, she shops at the Goodwill.” Well, my 10 year old knows it and he was absolutely horrified when I loaded him in the car this weekend and declared we were going to Goodwill. That’s right, this mama shops at Goodwill. The horror!
To a 10 year old boy, it was hard to grasp how I could break such a cardinal rule of coolness. Didn’t I know people made fun of those who shopped there? Well of course, but I can’t for the life of me figure out why. Now, the boy’s clothes I buy new 99% of the time and they usually come from The Children’s Place, just because they are so hard on them and need new good quality things.
When it comes to my clothes though, I am all for a bargain. That being said, Goodwill has gotten a lot pricier over the years, but that didn’t stop be from scoring a $68 new with tags still on it Black Ann Taylor sweater for $4. Or what about the adorable long sleeved Ralph Lauren Cardigan that I snagged for $2 on Monday when all clothes were half off? I love the treasure hunt of it all too. Digging through the racks to find those perfect pieces that are just my size. And the best part? I spend a little and get a whole lot.
By the time we left that Goodwill store several hours later, Jordan was sporting an almost new pair of Nike high tops and calling it the best store on Earth. Now he proudly proclaims, “I know why they call it Goodwill, because everything in here is good.” LOL
So, why is it that you think society has come to look down on those who try to be thrifty? Are you a Goodwill shopper and proud of it too? Feel free to chime in below!