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    Thrift Therapy

    { a conversational podcast about the psychology of thrift }

  • Thrift Therapy Philosophy

    Thrifting as a lifestyle movement goes beyond mere consumption; thrifting (scouring the planet for secondhand goods) is used as a way to recycle, repurpose, create, collect, diversify, live sustainably, make meaning, and make/save money.


    I have been part of this movement for over 30 years and use my thrifting skills to meet almost all of my family's consumer needs, from home goods and fashion, to making art and having fun. Plus, it is my favorite and most sustained way to do self care and affirm my values.


    As a therapist by trade, I love to do a deep dive into the psychology of all kinds of topics, including thrifting. So what makes this podcast unique is my educated deconstruction of thrift processes, and honed ability to help people express their minds authentically and with humor.


    Join us as we openly discuss thrift related ideas and issues, such as do-it-yourself projects, collecting obsessions, vintage restoration, parsing goods, environmental ethics, and reselling adventures.


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    SEASON 4

    S4E4: When Thrifters Thrift with Michelle

    Michelle has an interesting and inspiring story to tell, starting back when she was just a young teenage needing gas money. She got her first job at a thrift store close to home and realized quickly she was in love with the environment of thrift. She pitched herself as a "thrift stylist" to the store's administrators and they took her up on it (always go for it!). Both the store and Michelle were huge successes and did TV features teaching people to style for less. After parting ways years later, Michelle continues to do freelance styling and you can be styled by her--contact here .


    S4E3: Let's Go Thrifting with Lexi

    Michelle created the When Thrifters Thrift Instagram account to connect with and be inspired by other thrifters. Her goal is to have fun by curating and re-posting Outfit of the Day (OOTD) photos of colorful thrift stylists and icons from all over the globe. She strives to make it body, gender, ethnicity, class, and age diverse, seeing it as an inclusive and uplifting community for thrifters by thrifters. Go join the fun!


    Lexi is based out of Denver CO and sells vintage clothing through LGT Vintage Shop and helps run the Old School Cool Vintage Market in Denver. She expresses her complex personality through funky outfits and loves vintage clothes and furnishings. She also describes being a "mental health warrior" running a business with Major Depressive Disorder and ADD, which she openly discusses in her blog and Instagram posts.


    Her mission is to empower every person to fully express themselves by making vintage clothing affordable, accessible, and fun for folks of all identities and sizes, and de-stigmatizing mental health issues--And of course inspire others to go thrifting!



    Elton John Honky Chateau



    Five Nagel's out of five. I thrifted this album at Half Price Books for $.95 cents and have gotten so much play out of it, and as I samples the tracks for you I am sure you can see why. With hits like Rocketman how can you go wrong? Definately pick this gem up if you run across it in the thrifting wild. And remember what Elton himself said, get help when you need help for mental wellness.


    For history on this record, visit Wikipedia.








    A question I often get asked by those wishing to join the mental health field is about what different designations mean in terms of education and access, and how to choose which path to follow. What I generally say is that there is a sort of hierarchy of mental health therapists (NOTE: all licensed clinicians are required by each state they practice in to take appropriate compressive exams to practice):

    • Psychiatrists: National Average $125/hour, requires the most schooling, with a 8-11 years (PHD and MD required) post undergraduate education being required, medical model, dispenses medication, conducts assessments in clinics, hospitals, and or private practice
    • Psychologists:National Average $90/hour for clinical practice plus salaries for teaching etc., Doctorate of Philosophy PhD in Psychology required (forensic, clinical, etc), 5 plus years post undergraduate,scientist-practitioner model, research, teach, conduct assessment, talk therapy in clinics, hospital and/or private practice,
    • Doctor of Psychology PSY-D National Average $90/hour plus salaries for teaching etc., may be obtained in about 4 plus years post undergraduate, less emphasis on research, practitioner model, research, teach, conduct assessment, talk therapy in clinics, hospital and/or private practice
    • Master's of Science/Arts Clinicians: National Average $90/hour, Licensed professional Counselors (LPC), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), practitioner model, talk therapy in clinics, hospital and/or private practice ( in some cases one might teach at university level and  conduct  research).




    It is important to seek mental health support if you have been struggling with an issue for more than a few weeks, are feeling suicidal or homicidal, or have a need to talk something out. Here are a few resources that can help you start the therapy journey. And remember, finding a good therapist is a matter of personal fit and can take more than one visit, or even one person. Be as thoughtful about your mental wellness as you are about criticizing yourself! YOU ARE WORTH IT!

    S4E2: Thrifted Outfit Repeating with Hannah Rupp

    On this second episode of season 4, I review a record I thrifted by Eric Robertson Presents of a whole bunch of instrumental eighties movies ' theme songs (contest alert) and set down with Hannah Rupp of The Outfit Repeater--we talk Instagram, positivity, weight loss and plus size thrifting.


    RECORD CONTEST__ first person to name (on Instagram thread) all the movies/shows in the mashup gets a free $20 thrift bag!


    Meet Hannah Rupp, as seen on the internet as #TheOutfitRepeater! Likes include thrifting, cats, pizza, and advocating for 1980s fashion. The Outfit Repeater is a great resource for outfit inspiration, tutorials, clothing hauls, thrifted, vintage, and affordable fashion.


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    Hannah Says:

    Mantra Words are good!

    When asked about her positive psychology approach to life, she described using a "mantra word" to motivate and inspire her each day. Her word is SHINE! So I thought, what would mine be? I came up with GROW. What do you think yours is?

    S4E1: Thrift "Inspirer" Beth Jones

    Kicking off Season 4 with a record review of Dusty Springfield "Wishin' and Hopin'" I bought for 99 cents at a Salvation Army, and I gave it 5 Nagels because her voice, her Swinging Sixties vibe, and my all time favorite song "You Don't Own me" all cam with my dollar--WHAT A DEAL! My copy is pretty scratched but if you want your own copy, here ya go:




    Beth of BJONES STYLE fame drops by Thrift Therapy to discuss all things thrift: Why does she have so many coats when she lives in CA? Remember the ones that got away (thrifted stuff you put back and later regretted) ? And what about that amazing fringe sequin jacket she found? WE ARE ALL DEAD it was that good. And she tells in her own words what "always play dressup!" means to her, which turns it has to do with inspiration (not influencing)!





    I also participated i the #slowfashionchallenge this past month on Instagram and want to give a shout out to the sustainability champions who hosted it, thanks Amy and Louise! It was fun and educational, and as I said, I wish I could have participated even more. Check out their repurposed jewelry and ethically made travel gear at:





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