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true life stories ~ selling thrifted clothes online – plus a really cool style shoot

It’s been awhile since I’ve done some late-night writing, but this blog post is long overdue. I mentally gave myself a deadline of today to post this, so here I am at 10:45pm sitting down and forcing myself to put this out into the universe. You guys know I enjoy doing thrifted style posts, but I haven’t yet mentioned to the public at large that I’ve been quietly and slowly-but-steadily selling some of my thrifted fashion finds online since the end of last year. I even have an Instagram page where I’ve been posting only thrifted clothing stuff and following a lot of fashion-y types, as well as super cool boutiques and clothing re-sellers. Please go follow that page here. I promise I am going to step up my game over there and make it a cooler little place to land. Instagram is my jam, so I really want to make that page better and better, even if it will be a lot of iPhone photos. :)So, where am I selling online? You can find me on Poshmark (@abi_ruth) and eBay (abiruththeshoppe). My inventory is constantly changing, which is what I love about selling thrifted finds. Please, please feel free to follow along and shop! :) And I don’t cross-post, so be sure to check out both sites. If you’re local to OKC, hit me up if you see a piece you are interested in, and I will try to meet up with you in person to knock off that shipping fee – plus I might even offer you a discount, since I won’t be paying the fees that add up when selling on Posh and eBay. :)Now, I’ve seen a lot of the cool girls on Instagram re-selling their fast fashion clothes on Insta pages. This is not what I do. I am also not a “clothes flipper”. Well, not really. I am just a girl who loves fashion and loves spending hours digging through thrift store racks to find the cool stuff, the unique stuff, the really nice classic stuff. And for years and years, I’ve had people tell me they wished I could thrift for them. So this is a way for me to do that!If you want to read a way more in depth explanation of where I’d like this all to lead, and find out a lot more about me and the dreams I’ve been harboring inside for years, you can read this. I updated that page awhile ago, but never mentioned it anywhere. So I am mentioning it now. Please read it. :) I’ll summarize it very briefly in this post by saying I hope to one day own a thrifted boutique – a cool little shop where young people can hang out. Just click over and read the whole thing. It will give you a much clearer picture of what I hope to do!Does this mean I am quitting photography to sell clothes? Nope! I love both. I believe I can do a good job at both. And each thing feeds a different part of my creative soul. Plus, how fun that I can use my photography skills to do fashion shoots like this one of Micaliah — all these outfits were entirely thrifted, styled, and shot by me! :)God has also been rearranging some things in my life, and I am at a place where I will soon have more time to focus on selling clothes and my photography. It’s a terrifying and exciting season I am in! One that isn’t without some deep sorrow as certain parts of my life have undergone major changes recently, but I look forward with hope and expectations of good things to come! And I want to do my part and be a faithful steward of the talents God has given me, so this post is an effort to do just that. I want to rise up and move forward, not letting fear hold me back any longer.How’s that for vulnerability? Too deep for a post about selling thrifted clothes?? Nah. You guys know I like to stir it all together around here. :)Anyway, on to lighter subjects… I have to give a big shout out to Micaliah for being a fab model for me in this shoot! From changing outfits in parking lots, to walking back and forth on this silly parking block about a hundred times, she was a real pro! :) Thanks, girl. I love ya!And thank you all for reading through this. It made me super nervous to put this out there, because this is a dream I’ve had even longer than I’ve been doing photography. Like I said, read this and you’ll understand. And I kept thinking, “What if it fails and no one thinks the stuff I have for sale is cool?” or a million other similar thoughts. But you know what? Sometimes my procrastination pays off…I have been selling stuff online for months now, so that helped boost my confidence enough to just make myself share this with people I actually know. Of course, who even reads blogs anymore?? I guess we’ll see. Because this is out there now. :)Love you all, truly!

~abi~

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