When I heard from my friend Jan about a local thrift shop called Pennywise, I thought to myself, there better not be a creepy clown section. Spoiler alert – there isn’t, but there is a great resale shop on a great mission! There are actually several PennyWise Resale Shop locations in and around Houston and they all support the Fort Bend Women’s Center which has been around since 1980 (6 years before It was even published, FYI) and serves survivors of domestic and sexual violence and abuse. Here we have yet another thrift store that serves the community in profound ways… Is everyone getting this?!! Secondhand shopping is powerful. Not only is it part of the sustainable slow fashion movement, it also means your consumer dollars are being put to good use. When people inevitably argue that they shop frugally but not necessarily secondhand, remind them that the bottom line is not the most important reason to shop secondhand. *steps off soapbox
Back to PennyWise! Though I classify it as “little thrift” – because it is a non-profit store supporting the local community versus a big chain thrift store – it is not at all little! There is men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, furniture, housewares and even a Christmas section!
PennyWise has regular sale days and a frequent buyer system too!
I took my friend Lilah on my PennyWise adventure for her first real thrift trip. (I *could* quote a Madonna song here but instead will let you sing it to yourself.) We had fun scanning the aisles, starting with the shoes and ending at the fitting rooms…
Here are my fitting room shots…
The dress is absolutely adorable and I wish I had a matching one in my size! To see it modeled by the cutest 7yo Spirited Mini, head on over to Instagram! It was a wonderful thrift trip followed by my very first meal at Chipotle, believe it or not.
Thank you Lilah for wholeheartedly embracing the slow fashion thrift life and for being my date for the day AND again in the evening when we headed to the Taste of La Centerra!
I can’t wait to go back to PennyWise Resale Store and meanwhile thank y’all (!) for a great thrifting adventure and for your work in the community!