We all have to buy our clothes and other supplies from somewhere. Sometimes, the most affordable option, and maybe the one that suits our tastes the most, is thrift shopping.
One teen developed mixed feelings on the “Am I the A**hole?” (AITA) subReddit after she received critical feedback for her shopping habits, however.
Redditor aliteralrat69420 was unsure what to do in the future.
After receiving such a negative response, the Original Poster (OP) wondered if she’d been doing something wrong all this time.
She asked the sub:
“AITA for going thrifting?”
The OP perhaps thrift shopping to other options.
“I didn’t think this was a bad thing, but I’d just like to get an outside perspective in case I’m in the wrong.”
“Anyways, I (18 [female]) prefer to thrift my clothes instead of buying new ones just because it’s much more affordable (I’m still a broke student in hs (high school)!) and more sustainable. Basically, it’s a way for me to buy new clothes without absolutely blowing my wallet.”
But she recently received critical feedback for her shopping habits.
“The other day, I was wearing a shirt I recently thrifted, and an acquaintance (let’s call her Jen) complimented it and asked where I bought it.”
“When I told Jen I thrifted it, she proceeded to lecture me on how thrift stores are meant for low-income families, and that people like me shouldn’t go thrifting because we can afford to pay a higher price for new clothing.”
And she wasn’t sure whether to agree or disagree.
“Here’s where I might be the AH: I come from a middle-class family in an affluent suburb, so I could technically borrow money from my parents to pay for new clothes. I’m expected to pay for most of my own clothing (which I’m perfectly okay with, I have some money saved up from my last job but not a ton).”
“I just want to save my money when shopping for new clothes, and also want to avoid buying from brands that use child labor. However, I don’t want to take nice clothing away from someone who really needs it, so AITA for going thrifting when I’m not from a low-income family?”
Fellow Redditors weighed in by declaring:
- NTA: Not the A**hole
- YTA: You’re the A**hole
- ESH: Everybody Sucks Here
- NAH: No A**holes Here
Some accused the friend of gatekeeping and questioned her thinking.
“Your friend is pretentious and signal virtuous to the point she’s broadcasting her ignorance. Thrift stores have to make money to stay open & serve the broader community.” – SirDouglasMouf
“OP, next time your friend buys something, say ‘wow how dare you buy that milk (or whatever it is), you’re taking it from someone else,’ maybe she’ll realize how silly she sounded.”
“You are recycling and staying out of debt by doing so. You’re being very mature.” – KassellTheArgonian
“It’s such a weird lose-lose for someone looking to buy clothes. Buy new – waste of money, supporting child labor, unsustainable, etc. Buy from a thrift shop – larger people have to go there to buy things their size, that’s for lower-income people.”