Thrift Store Clothing in Japan

by Katy on July 4, 2012 · 18 comments

Here’s my argument for mindful spending. We eat lentil soup, go without new clothing and veer away from pricey daily expenditures. My son is wearing thrift store clothing, but he’s wearing them in Japan. And go ahead, guess which kid is mine.

Katy Wolk-Stanley

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without”

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Laura's Last Ditch--Adventures in Thrift Land July 4, 2012 at 11:20 am

Love it! This is definitely a good argument for thrift store clothes.


Katy July 4, 2012 at 10:11 pm

Save money on the unimportant things so that it’s available for the important stuff!



Kate July 4, 2012 at 11:53 am

The one in the black shirt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

just kidding.


Sharon Heritch July 4, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Love the pic. And your argument is unassailable. 🙂

Enjoy the Land of the Rising Sun, young Wolk-Stanley!


Alison July 4, 2012 at 12:12 pm

This post sums up our family philosophy: experiences are always more important than things.

I’m glad that you and your kids are getting the chance to travel and learn about other cultures!


Linda in Indiana July 4, 2012 at 12:51 pm

You not only have it figured out, you are bestowing your sons with a wonderful childhood, young adulthood and helping them start out knowing what some people never figure out in a life time. Priceless! I applaud you!


Bauunny July 4, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Assesses. What a great picture. These multiple-cultural, global experiences are so enriching for all. So cool to have these opportunities that he is clearly enjoying.


Bauunny July 4, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Typo….sorry. I meant to say “awwwwww” (as in “isn’t that cute”)


Maryanne July 4, 2012 at 2:45 pm



Dusti July 4, 2012 at 4:38 pm

Ummmm….the one giving a peace sign?


Jo H. July 4, 2012 at 7:06 pm

Love the point you’re making – and how succinctly you’ve made it.

Your son looks like he’s having a great time!


Marianne July 5, 2012 at 1:29 am

You know, a lot of people that know me say we work too hard. I just think about how I would rather work hard now while I’m young (35) and relax in retirement later. I don’t want to be 65-70 still having to work. Too me, a retirement rich in travel is much more exciting than the brand new clothes or gadgets right now.


Elaine in Ark July 9, 2012 at 7:04 am

Don’t put too much of your retirement money in investments! I’m 63 and will have to work as long as my body holds out. Although lately I’m working on reducing my needs & wants to fit more closely to my expected financial circumstances, though down sizing and better money management.


Elaine in Ark July 9, 2012 at 7:04 am

“through down sizing…”


Lili@creativesavv July 5, 2012 at 7:32 am

You’re too funny!
Seriously, though, it is all about choice. I can spend my money here, or I can spend my money there. Frugal choice is really only a topic of conversation because we have so many choices available to us.


Katy July 5, 2012 at 9:16 am

It is all about choice. That’s exactly what it’s about! 🙂



Paula in the Up July 5, 2012 at 7:50 am

I SOOOOOOO wish I realized, back when my kids were little, the advantage of buying used clothes. Oh, the money I’ve spent. My 23 year old daughter now goes there first when she needs something before buying new.

And you completely stumped me with the photo!! :p


Jennifer July 5, 2012 at 10:51 am

We do the same thing! I save money wherever we can so we can afford competitive gymnastics for my girls. Most people shake their heads at us.


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