The True Cost

Thrift Shopping 101
The Whys and Hows
(Lds Young Women's activity)

I was in-charge of doing an activity for our Laurel's Class on how to "thrift shop". I created a small lesson for the girls, a list of guidelines for thrift shopping, and then a list of the best store locations in the Salt Lake Valley for thrifting. 

I just wanted to share the basic outline with you so that you can use it in your own ward (or if you want to use it in your life).

First I talked about what it means to be modest. Many times in our culture, when we talk about modesty, we talk about sleeve length and hemlines but there is more to modesty than just the amount of skin that your clothes cover. 

I got this definition of modesty from the LDS "Guide to the Scriptures" it states, 

"Modesty: A behavior or appearance that is humble, moderate, and decent. A modest person avoids excesses and pretensions."

What exactly does "excesses" mean?  - An amount of something that is more than necessary. A lack of moderation.

What does pretensions mean? - A claim to dignity, importance, or merit,
a display, especially of wealth and luxury, intended to impress or attract notice.  Other synonyms include: flashy, extravagance, and gaudiness.

Please keep the above definition of modesty in mind while watching the following video:  

(If you cannot access the video from my blog, here is a link to it and the URL
The True Cost )

After watching the video we talked about what the girls learned and we read these scriptures:  

Alma 1:27
And they did impart of their substance, every man according to that which he had, to the poor, and the needy, and the sick, and the afflicted; and they did not wear costly apparel, yet they were neat and comely.

D&C Section 42: 40 – 41
40 And again, thou shalt not be proud in thy heart; let all thy garments be plain, and their beauty the beauty of the work of thine own hands;

41 And let all things be done in cleanliness before me.

We discussed how the issues and problems in this video mainly affect women, and how women can be the leaders to facilitate the changes needed to solve these problems. 

We also discussed the importance of consuming less clothing, and then I showed them a small presentation on how to consume less clothes:  

Tips for Consuming Less:

1. Avoid trendy pieces, instead purchase classics that never go out of style.

2. Think quality over quantity. It may seem more expensive upfront, but quality clothes will last longer and you will save money in the long run by not having to buy as many clothes. 

3. To get those high quality, classic pieces at a great price, take advantage of other people's wastefulness.

Follow the 5 Tips below to buy high quality clothes for less: 

- Shop thrift stores. These are places that have donated clothes.    
   (Example: Desert Industries)

- Go to Consignment shops. These are shops where people have sold their "like-new" brand name or designer clothes. 
(Example: Plato's closet or Uptown Cheapskate)

Shop the Clearance Racks and Big Sales at your favorite department stores.
Extra Tip. Shop out of season clothing – the pieces that are on clearance. 

- When shopping online, use Codes and Coupons to get better deals.
(Ex: Retail Me Not)
Look for better deals online. Shop for shoes. I’ll go to Famous Footwear and try on a pair of shoes then look online at and it’s almost always listed cheaper online.

- Go to Discount & Outlet Stores. These are stores like TJMax and Ross. They get their inventory from manufacturer overruns and department store overbuys and order cancellations. 
Some brands have their own factory outlet stores - Ex: the Nike Factory Story, Maurice’s Outlet and other stores located at the Tanger Outlets in Park City or the Outlets at Traverse Mountain in Lehi. 

I want to give credit to this website: Buy Quality Clothes For Less for helping me to form this list. 

The girls then came up with up some fashion tips and advice and wrote down their thoughts on modesty:   

Fashion Tips and Advice:

- Change your mind set about clothes. Help your self-esteem by not having it tied directly to what you are wearing.

- Be able to say "I have enough."  Who says you need a new purse every year? Remember that the fashion industry is a business and they are doing all that they can to make you feel like you need to buy more.

- Find your own style and dress like you. – Not like a girl on a magazine or the girls at school.  

- Don't buy something just because it's on sale! If the size doesn't fit right, or you don't really love it, then it will be waste of money because you will never wear it. (The Blind Side Shopping Advice)

Modesty is always in style!

Dressing modestly is a way of expressing your Christ-like self. (Plus its much more comfy)

It’s easier to live other standards of the church when you dress modestly. Also other people will know how you feel about yourself and your love of God by how you dress and represent yourself. 

inner beauty
Photo Credit: Unknown - Pinterest

Afterwards, I gave them a printout of the best store locations in the Salt Lake Valley for thrifting, and then we all went shopping at Plato's Closet. The girls loved it! 

Stores & Locations:
-Savers 4145 S. Redwood Rd. Taylorsville 84123
Click here for their website.

-Plato’s Closet
1913 W. 4700 S. Taylorsville 84118 
12198 State St. Draper 84020 
Click here for their website.   

-Uptown Cheapskate Salt Lake 
353 W. 200 S. SLC 84101
2120 S. 1300 E. (Sugarhouse) SLC 84106
264 E. Winchester Street, Murray 84107
Click here for their website. 

-Deseret Industries (The Best Ones!)
2140 S. 800 E. SLC 84106
4485 S. Main Street, SLC 84107
727 E. 9400 S. Sandy 84047

-Outlets at Traverse Mountain
3700 Cabela's Blvd, Lehi 84043
Click here for their website.

-Tanger Outlets in Park City
6699 N Landmark Dr, Park City 84098
Click here for their website. 

-Brickyard Plaza - Shopping Center
(Has a TJ Max and Ross in the same parking lot)
1140 Brickyard Rd, SLC 84106

What do you think? Is there anything that you would add? Any thoughts on modesty, thrifting, or any store locations you would add to this list?  

I would love to know! 

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