Eileen the Intern took a hiking trip to Grand Teton National Park In Wyoming last summer

By Eileen Raphael (aka “Eileen the Intern”)

Some of Cleveland’s east suburbs scream of wealth from the rooftops of the many million-dollar houses built around my community. During the course of my Kenston career, I have seen how material possessions have driven members in my community. Many people in Auburn and Bainbridge don’t think twice about having giant houses, several cars and new clothes every season. Lately, I’ve seen this lifestyle isn’t the norm; I was truly blind to the aspects of affluent living in my community until I had a chance to go out into other parts of Cleveland, right down the road. 

Growing up around the Bainbridge bubble community has truly blinded me to many of the bigger picturesque items of life. Yet, no one can deny money is necessary to attain even a modestly comfortable existence. It’s no fun when you can’t pay the heat bill or have money for a cell phone. I have been trying to better value money in recent years as I begin my adult life.

One way, which I have been able to save money in particular, is through thrifting my clothes at a few local places.  My favorite stores include the Salvation Army, Value World, and Plato’s Closet.  Every time I visit one of these places, I swear, I walk out with an entire bag of clothes for under $20.  Each time I return to a thrift store, they often replace and accommodate for the particular time of year as well.  Over the past year, some of my most worn items have come from thrift stores.  During my summer break, I will also be able to donate some of my clothes to those in need, or try to sell some of my clothes back to a second-hand store. I plan to use this extra money for miscellaneous college expenses next year, or to further my new found love of hiking; I’m hoping to plan a trip out west in the near future. I’d rather spend my time and money making memories on the trail rather than accumulating the newest phone or designer shoes. 

Thrifting has affected my savings; I have been able to manage my money better for long-term expenses. I highly recommend this method of shopping to anyone and everyone looking to save a little cash.  Pretty soon I’ll be able to help fund my dream trips and prevent some college debt, which I am sure to endure in the next couple of years.  However before you begin, go check out these sweet reads on how to become a thrifting pro!  Happy thrifting!

One of Eileen’s favorite thrifting books is Thrift Shopping: Discovering Bargains and Hidden Treasures by Sandra Donovan.