It’s no secret that I have a bit of an addiction to thrifting. I just can’t get enough of the thrill of the hunt. One of my favorite things to do when I travel is to hit up the local thrift stores of whatever town I happen to be visiting or passing through.
Since I’ve been on the island, I’ve gone on a few adventures that have landed me in some pretty sweet thrift stores. In fact, this island has one of my very favorite “thrift stores” of all time: The Exchange.
It’s actually not a thrift store at all. It’s more of a community swap, or exchange (ha!). Because the island is so isolated and it’s so difficult/expensive to bring things here, The Exchange allows residents to continuously swap unwanted goods. Not only that, it cuts down on consumerism, consumption, and waste.
One person’s trash is another person’s treasure, no?
Here’s how it works: whatever you don’t want or need anymore, you bring to The Exchange. It’s a fairly sizable place where you can find anything from toilet seats, to old records, to building materials, to toys, to furniture, etc.
You can drop your unwanted items off and be done with it, or you can try to hunt down an item you are looking for. If you take something from The Exchange, you either need to leave something of “equal value” or pay what you think it is worth. Does this make sense?
It’s an awesome concept that I wish more communities would adopt.
The Exchange is only open three days a week, so it’s a pretty great place to do a little digging around, talk to the locals, and check out some action. Yes, life is a little slow around here, if you can’t tell.
So, if you see me posting something on here and I mention that it was free… well, it’s from The Exchange. I’ve scored some really amazing finds this summer and I’ll keep sharing them with you in the coming weeks.
Here’s a peek at my most recent thrift store/Exchange finds:
PS: Emma took these pictures. Not to brag, but….. I’m just sayin’.
Retro Puffy Jacket: $3
Gap Skinny Jeans: $11
Vintage Skirt: Free
Granny Top and Belt: $5 (top) Free (belt)
Tan Vintage Wedges: $5
Rainbow sandals: $3
Red sude Stuart Weitzman flats: FREE!!!!
I definitely have more things to share with you guys, so stay tuned!
What are some of the best thrift store finds you’ve ever snagged?