I got into online thrift shopping over the pandemic. It star

I got into online thrift shopping over the pandemic. It started off with collecting unique corsets and living out my subdued love for vintage clothing (shopping by the decade, literally). There's so many thrift shops on ig, so many releases week after week with unique designs to hook me on. I slowly grew more dissatisfied with my purchases because I started diving in for more rare goods that popped up, each with an increasing price tag. Before the criticism kicks in on my frivolous spending, I just want to clarify that I was spending my own hard earned money but I do acknowledge that it's going down the drain exponentially. I just managed to unlink and log out of that account and I'm trying to calm myself through the ordeal. I just paced myself through failing to thrift a piece I wanted and the sudden realisation of how my money was flowing out when thrift stores could easily hike up prices for these "second hand golds". It's definitely weird and hard to discuss with others without them understanding I experienced anxiety from online shopping. I can feel my chest tighten and my heart pounding away, it's extremely uncomfortable, much like my heart's wanting to tear out of my chest and jump out my window. I'm now writing this down to calm myself whilst having this posted as a reminder that I'll revisit when I need help.

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(8225)
Feb 2

You could try picking up some less expensive hobbies? It seems like you might benefit from being around people who don't care what you wear or have to not add any extra pressure to get more outfits. Do you live with someone? A partner of some sort?

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(75)
Feb 23

@Jordan5683 The irony lies at nobody close to me cares about what I wear. I just like collecting vintages as a admittedly bad hobby. I justified it by telling myself well I look cute for my partner and he doesn't mind it anyways. He did encourage me to stop and he finds my hobby just something for my own sheer joy.
I recently deleted my thrifting account and funnily, I'm a finance major, I'm rerunning my finances again. Probably gonna save banks from ridding this hobby finally.... The fear of missing out from collecting timeless relics is a real pain though haha...

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(8225)
Feb 23

@Dorraine that's good that he's supportive. If you truly feel like it's an addiction that's causing major negatives or more negatives than positives, then it's good that you deleted your thrifting account. Keep in mind though that just bc it's an addiction doesn't mean you have to stop completely unless it's been causing financial problems. One thing you could try is putting aside a certain amount of money a month, depending on how much you make, for buying nothing with. If it's not just an addiction but also a hobby or just something you like/like wearing then there's no reason to feel bad about wanting something new every couple of weeks. I hope you're having a good week either way.

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