Thursday, October 13, 2016

Why Thrifting Doesn't Work For the Extremely Obese

Everyone wants to save money, right? And a lot of people tell you a good way to save is by buying from thrift stores. The problem with that is, thrifting doesn't exactly work for the extremely obese.

The thing is, we can't often find clothes in our size. And when we do, they're old fashioned or ugly as hell. And it's not just clothes. Shoes, certain furniture, they're problems too.

My sister had weight loss surgery a few years ago and while she was on the rapid decline of her weight she got addicted to shopping at Goodwill because it's so much cheaper than regular stores. And she didn't want to pay full price when she knew she would be too slim for the clothes soon enough.

I tried going with her a few times and I always left disappointed. I'm a size 28 in jeans. I buy size 4x/5x for cloth pants, and the same sizes for shirts. Now, I don't need to buy a 5x for shirts or pants. But I prefer them larger. I do, however, need the size 3x/4x pants and mostly 4x shirts.

I have never found anything larger than 2x at our local Goodwill. And what's the point of going to one further away? Most places will have the same general size range. Why? Because people my size don't donate our clothes. Like, ever.

The reason is usually because when you're my size, you don't change your wardrobe often. Whether that's because you just stay the same size, or because you don't like buying new clothes the end result is the same. I have never donated clothes. Not because I'm a dick, but rather because I tend to wear my clothes until they are worn out.

You're not going to donate those pants that have holes in the thighs, are you? How about that shirt that has been worn and washed so many times it's falling apart? I don't know about you, but I'm not donating those. Another reason I don't like donating is because I'm embarrassed. Who wants to donate clothes that are size 5x? Not me. And clearly other people feel the same.

And so when I go to a thrift store, I can't find clothes to fit me. But like I said, it's not just clothes. A lot of people donate their old furniture too. And that's fine, except old usually means disrepair. Who wants to test their luck on that wobbly chair when they're 400+ pounds? Any volunteers? No? Didn't think so.

And really, what else do people buy from thrift stores? Sure, I could buy household items, but how much is that really saving me? I spend most of my money on clothes, food and furniture. You can't buy food at a thrift store. That leaves clothes and furniture. Like I said, I'm not testing my luck on that rickety chair, or that sinking sofa.

Have you experienced similar issues? Do you think I'm wrong? Let's chat in the comments!

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