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Teach children the art of buying at thrift shops along with some charity work

Mar 08, 2018

Teach children the art of buying at thrift shops along with some charity work
Teach children the art of buying at thrift shops along with some charity work | Credit: NjFamily

As per the English dictionary, a thrift shop is a shop selling second-hand clothes and household goods, typically to raise funds for a Church or charity. As the name implies, it has two things to do with children- make them teach how to buy stuff and secondly make them contribute to some charity work.

Thrift shopping is an art in itself and requires skills to not only bargain but also to pick out the right shops and the right products from specific shops.

In today’s time, just like how it is important for parents to teach their children the art of saving, it is also important to teach the kids how to buy things while going to a store or market so that they learn how to spend money. The habit of saving should be taught to a kid at a very young age, so he/she can understand the value of money, which is very important for future. Some of the qualities they’ll inculcate at thrift shops are:

  1. They’ll come to understand that not every time it is required to buy new things. You can also manage by buying old stuff and still be happy with that. Old things can work just as fine as the new one. In this way, they’ll not only save huge bucks, but would also learn to use old stuff and adjust with it.
  2. They’ll think out of the box as when they’ll see old stuff, they’ll try to think about what all they could do with it to use it in the most appropriate and best possible way. This brings in more creativity, gives them chances to explore and play with their mind. The ability to bring the best out of a certain object is very good for their mental growth.
  3. As thrift shops are all about doing charity, your children, knowingly or unknowingly would be doing some charity. Doing their part toward the society and community is important to them. Charity begins at home, this is what you need to teach your children.
  4. Best thing is that they can also learn to help others in need. It might happen that they might not find anything of their need or interest but know someone who is in need or would need in near future. They could buy that item and help out the person in need.
  5. Thrift stores provide some valuable money lessons your kids can apply through their entire lives. Use these businesses not just to help your kids to be money smart, but also to encourage their creativity, community awareness and self-expression.

It’s not that everything can be taught at home or school, sometimes some things need to be taught outside the comfort level of children. This not only makes them prone to hardships which they might face in future, but prepares them for the same. While pampering your child is important too,these types of activities are also equally important to their growth.