Mundane Mondays – A new series where I chronicle a very mundane part of daily living that’s slightly (or widely) off center from the American paradigm.
So, technically, I’ve never seen anything officially representing a thrift store during my time in India. All the clothes available are brand new, though likely to be much cheaper than in the states if you know how to shop (i.e. avoid malls).
But last fall I did happen once or twice onto an interesting phenomenon. Men would drive up to a bus station very nearby to a tutoring business that tourists are known to frequent for Hindi practice. Then they would unload new or like new clothes from the trunk. Teachers and students alike would put off the next lesson to peruse the second hand offerings.
I was too intimidated to go down the first time or two that the thrift store rolled up. But eventually such a crowd began to gather that I went down to take a peek.
It was mostly sweaters, jackets, and pajama pants, which was exactly what everyone had on their minds with winter barreling just around the corner.
In the end we made off with a small handful of goodies, including a Banana Republic hoodie for just a few bucks. Can’t beat that. :)
What’s the best thrift store deal you’ve ever found?