Hello and how are you today?
My name is Stasia Savasuk. I've been a thrift shopper all my life, but only recently has it become an obsession of sorts. I simply can't get enough, and I find myself scouring through jammed racks of color coded shirts and disorganized bins several times a week, at various thrift stores throughout Vermont and New England. I've come to know, through experience, that if I wait long enough, I will find just about anything that I want at a thrift store, for a mere percentage of the actual retail cost.
Well, over the years, friends have asked me to shop for them. I wasn't much into the idea because I always felt badly if I bought something that they didn't like, which left one of us to deal with the unwanted item. But after a while, I thought... wait a second, perhaps I COULD do this for people. If I shopped for lots of people, then it wouldn't matter if somebody didn't like something I purchased, because I could see if somebody else wanted it. I was onto something. Perhaps I could be a personal thrift shopper! I just loved the idea... especially for the many moms I knew that didn't have the means to run over to Anthropolgie or J.Crew to buy $300 worth of new clothing, nor do they have the time, patience or will to do what I do... scour through racks of color coded, sometimes stinky clothing - for that one in a thousand gem. I don't see it as a chore, but as an adventure. A thrill. I've been brought to tears (I'm a little embarrassed to admit) when I've found something at a thrift store that is simply fabulous.
For years, I've been frumpy. My frumpy-ness went through the roof after my daughter was born. I've worn clothes that didn't fit right, were all the wrong color, and really never fit my style. The style that I wanted was WAY out of my reach fiscally. So, my style became whatever I could find on the sale rack at Old Navy or if I was lucky, GAP. But then, I started thrifting in earnest. I now wear brands and styles that I've always loved, that feel perfectly ME. I only buy things that are exactly what I want... the right color, the right fit, the right style, the right price. Although I may have to search high and low for the right piece - I know it's out there, it's cheap, and it just needs to be found. There is something to feeling good in the clothes you wear. It puts a little bounce in your step. And as Danielle Laporte says in her book, The Fire Starter Sessions, "When you feel good, you act smarter." And who doesn't want to act a little smarter!
You combine this with my ecology background, and thrifting makes perfect sense. Just about everything I own is second hand... right down to the furniture in my house. I recycle/upcycle, I compost, I only buy second hand... my global "stuff" impact is minimal, and that feels good. I feel proud! AND - at the end of the day, I've got a little room in my budget to support local non-profits that are doing good work in my community. And, that feels good too.
First came the idea. Then came the self doubt. Is the idea a good one? Will others think it's silly? I can't do this... I'm just a mom and wife with a regular old job and I don't do stuff like this. I'm ordinary. But, it's been a year and I can't shake the idea. Every time I think about it, I get excited! What if...
What If? The Art of Imagination
What if I became a personal shopper? What would it look like? Would I do closet consultations with clients, where I find out what they want/need/look good in - and shop from there? Would I create style menus? Would I shop for men, too? Would I just have folks over to my house to check out my inventory when they're feeling like they need new clothes?
Now, I'm in the process of getting serious, and am starting to answer some of my own questions of HOW.
If you would like me to personally thrift shop for you, or would be interested in hosting your own fashion party, or have any ideas for me, you may contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.