Ten “Come Backs” to Rude Insults About Thrift Stores

Some people just don’t “get” thrift stores. Okay, so you’ve got Macklemore (or however you spell his name) rappin’ about how cool thrift diving is. And it’s generally accepted! In fact, when you thrift dive nowadays, you get extra “cool” points.

But even though it’s considered hip and trendy now to buy other people’s used junk and then rock it, some people are still clueless.

And some can be downright MEAN.

And I’m sure if you’re as thrift store obsessed as me, you’ve come across that ONE jerk who says the most insulting things to you about thrift stores.

When that happens, shock them.

Give them something to REALLY talk about! Hell, have a little fun with it!

Here’s a list of 10 creative things you can DO or SAY to people (or even friends!!) that think they’re doing you a favor by insulting your thrift obsession:


10 come-backs to insults about thrift stores click to read


INSULT #1: “That’s gross that you wear other people’s used clothes!”

COME-BACK #1: “Oh, they did me a favor! They broke in these jeans for me. New clothes just make me itch.”

INSULT #2: “You’re just collecting junk.”

COME BACK#2: “Yeah, all this ‘junk’ only earned me an extra $5,000 this year on eBay when I sold it to people like you searching for ‘vintage’ treasures.”


INSULT #3: “Thrift stores stink.”

COME BACK #3: “It’s actually a special scent that management sprays inside to keep people like you away.”


INSULT #4: “You shouldn’t tell people where you got that from.”

COME BACK #4: “I also shouldn’t tell people that I know you, now, should I? But I just can’t keep my mouth shut.”


INSULT #5: “You’re just cheap!”

COME BACK #5 “OMG, we have so much in common! Your ex-boyfriend said the same thing about you when he woke up with you the next morning after your first date! Well, whatdaya know!”


INSULT #6: “I didn’t know you were so poor.”

COME BACK #6: “Yeah! I mean, after I spent all my money on my iPad, Nikon DSLR, and iMac, I can’t afford anything!!”


INSULT #7: “Don’t you ever buy anything NEW?”

COME BACK #7: “Yes. I plan to buy some new friends as soon as we’re done this conversation. Are we finished yet?”


INSULT #8: “You’re going to bring home BED BUGS!”

COME BACK #8: Immediately insert scratching of various body parts here. “No I’m not. I heard that bed bugs can’t survive on anything but mattresses.” Insert imaginary picking of little bugs off your shoulder and flick at the offending jerk.


INSULT #9: “Please don’t start buying UNDERWEAR from thrift stores, okay??”

COME BACK #9: “Underwear?? Who wears UNDERWEAR anymore?? That’s soooo ’90s!”


INSULT #10: “You’re going to end up on ‘Hoarders.'”

COME BACK #10: “Oh, you didn’t know?! TLC has this new “Hoarders At Home” challenge! I’ve submitted my application! The winner gets a $10,000 shopping spree to the Goodwill!! Cross your fingers for me!!”



Now You’re Armed and Ready….

If anyone dares to mess with your thrift obsession, you have some pretty cool “come-backs” to put them in their place 🙂

I’m curious to know what sorts of ignorant comments you’ve received about thrift stores and how you’ve responded to them. Leave a comment below to add to the discussion!






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  1. Nina says:

    One woman that I know snidely commented at church that I spent all my money on my wardrobe. Most of my church-quality dresses and skirts are from the thrift stores I frequent. I really don’t know if she believed me when I told her about that. By the way, I get complements almost every week at church.

    I do much, much better shopping out the thrift stores than I do even at Kmart, Walmart, or other cheapo
    stores. I find JJill, Coldwater Creek, Talbots, Chicos, etc all the time at one of the high-end thrift shops.
    Last week I found 3 JJill pairs of pants, 3 JJill skirts, and 2 JJill tops ! And that was at a low-end thrift
    store ! I have 6 coats that I thrifted. Two are wool and very cozy. Three are trenches (love them) and one of them was $1 when a thrift store closed. It’s an adorable dusty pink trench.
    I could go on and on. I have a friend who is a germaphobe and she is thoroughly repulsed. That is OK with me, she does things that I don’t like. So what ? I shrug off the opinions of others and am not concerned about them. I love the hunt and I love the reward of a plentiful wardrobe. I don’t have to max out credit cards on clothes.
    Also, there is another woman with a blog who is doing fabulous things with thrifted clothes. Check
    her out at ReFashionista. Her name is Gillian. You are the furniture, etc diva and she is the clothing diva. I think you two should collaborate !
    Love what you do—Bye for now

  2. B Seward says:

    Too funny, Serena! Thanks for the laughs.

    I tell people,
    ” I’m a muli-tasker shopper:
    -I LOVE shopping for a bargain,
    -I LOVE saving the planet for future generations (aka Repurposing),
    -AND I LOVE shopping at non-profit thrift stores to HELP PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY!”

  3. Hi Serena, So sorry about your Grandma, even when you know it’s coming, it’s still a shock.

    I do for sure get a lot of my items from Thrift Stores, as to me it seems Goodwill is way over priced for the things that I am looking at, especially compared to our Thrift Store pricing. The Thrift Stores (alias “Re-Sale Shops”) actually are setup to help out the community differently. One is for women who need financial help, another one is for cats, another one is for dogs. So I love that my thrifty purchases are going directly to help. These stores have volunteers running them, which is awesome too. Goodwill helps also, but sometimes the finds in Thrift Shops just plain gets my adrenaline going for some of the cutest and unique finds that are out there!! Awesome!!

  4. Holly says:

    What’s your comeback to a husband who doesn’t want “dead people’s clothes and things” in the house?

    • OMG, hahaha!!! Holly, that is hilarious!! Okay, you can always say, “What?? When *I* die, are you going to throw my clothes out, too???” HAHAHA

      • Em says:

        Or, maybe you will say, “Does that mean you don’t want anyone wearing a DEAD GUY’S best clothes after YOU die?”

        Or: “Pick the spot for the clothing bonfire after YOU die.”

        Love this post….thanks for the comebacks, Serena. Most of my compliments about the way I look come from people who like my thrifted clothes. Lots of nice labels on my outfits!!!!

  5. Ramie says:

    Oh my Lordy. So funny. Now I hope I can remember ????

  6. Christine says:

    Found you via Pinterest … again!
    I was laughing about these insults. So.. typical.
    Being dirt poor after a divorce, I watch people’s jaws drop when I tell them I’ve rebuilt my house (after a fire) completely from thrift store and resuse center materials and pieces.
    1) I did it, built it, stripped it, reconfigured it, painted, antiqued or stained it, sometimes SOLD it, sometimes changed my mind and gave it away, and/or just made it happen by my SELF.
    2) Didn’t need my idiot ex- [read: man] to do it, and
    3) I like it (so stuff it) and you’re just (incompetent) jealous.

    Come back for #4 I love: “Ahh, I believe you probably mean ‘I shouldn’t tell people FROM where did I got that,’ correct?”

    Love your irreverence. We could be friends!

    • Christine says:

      In my rant, I forgot to mention I’m a construction materials hoarder. I make Lowe’s or HD’s building materials and home & garden centers look like amateur collections. I seldom have to buy anything these days! 🙂

      Love the toilet thing, too.

    • Yes, we could definite be friends! So sorry to hear you had a fire, but it sounds like you turned it into a “WIN” for you in that you got to rebuilt with the stuff you like!
      And you are correct, propositions should never come at the end of a sentence, but my blog is informal and I never speak that way in everyday conversations. Only job interviews! LOL

      • Christine says:

        Oh – I took it that the insulter was preposition ending. As they are wont to do.

        Just came back from picking up a CL credenza, and a load of Freecycle lumber that used to be a shed.


        Merry Christmas!

  7. Tracy says:

    Haha! Finally, people who GET the whole thrifting thing! It’s fun! I’m hoarding components for a bathroom gut and re-do and I found this Kohler toilet at Habitat for $75 and I had a 25% off coupon. I wasn’t sure if I wanted a USED toilet but isn’t every toilet basically used when you buy your house, etc? Then I saw it on the Lowes website for $1,130! For a toilet! I couldn’t get back to the ReStore fast enough! Lol It sits in my garage waiting for the install. Who knew I could be this excited about a toilet. I just think I will power wash it in the backyard… I may have to borrow Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak. 🙂

    • Tracy, hilarious!!!! You are so right about the used toilet thing! But OMG, what a fantastic deal you found on your toilet! Heck yes, I would buy a used toilet if you get that sort of discount!!! I don’t know if you’re aware, but today starts the beginning of my 30-Day August Upgrade Challenge! Not sure if you’re taking part already, but you totally should! I’m doing my kids’ stinky pee-pee bathroom. And I’m in the market for a toilet. Going to go look at some today, in fact! From a used place! LOL

  8. Beth says:

    haha hilarious!
    okay older post but i had to add —
    in general: “well, thrift stores are awesome – I have even spotted your man there, on occasion. BTW how did you like the (cough) ‘fine’ jewelry he got you for your last (birthday, anniversary, etc)?

  9. Misty says:

    I love they reply’s to #1 & #9. You started my day out great with #1, I really hope to use that one day! Seriously! BTW keep up the great work, you are motivating and inspiring to watch.

  10. No creative responses from me because I don’t have time for rude people. I give them “that look” and move on, well out of range of their nastiness. Don’t argue with stupid people…first they’ll drag you down to their level and then beat you over the head with experience.
    Trust me, it’s simply not worth my precious time.

  11. OMG I ENJOYED READING THIS!!!! The funniest had to be #3. That is so funny!!! I have to use that one day.

    Nifty Thrifty

  12. DesignedByBH says:

    I love your responses! Mine aren’t normally that creative. Mine normally include four letter words…(you know, like “sooo?”) 🙂

  13. Denise says:

    Hilarious! Love it Serena!

  14. Mel Cole says:

    yeah!!! we thrifters rock the world! 😀 i don’t care about those people complaining. it’s not their cents anyway…

  15. Trisha D. says:


    When they ask about wearing used clothes my usual response: “I think I saw Mrs. Crabs try on that brand new swimsuit before your purchase. Oh and those new shoes, I bet you didn’t sanitize them after Ms Athletes Feet tried them on.”

    Keep rockin on!
    Trisha D.

  16. Hi Serena! So great to meet you! I love your blog and had fun looking at it. Safe travels home beautiful!! I just added you to my Bloglovin’ so I can follow you in our little blogosphere! xo Kristin

    • Kristin!!! So fun to meet you! Congrats on winning something at the closing ceremony! I can’t remember what it was, but I saw you! 🙂 Anyhow, you were awesome, and I really would like to keep in touch with you! 🙂

  17. Cute post! As an avid thrifter, I must admit though, I have been to some STINKY stores, lol!

  18. Lush says:

    Oh, just remembered the other one.
    Well don’t worry, not everyone can be creative, I am sure you have other talents.
    Subtle. LOL

  19. Lush says:

    I ask them if they really feel comfortable contributing to the destruction of the planet by supporting the production of so much new stuff when we already have more than enough for several lifetimes & loads of it just ends up as landfill.
    Usually stops them in their tracks.
    So many noble reasons to thrift dive when possible! So few to support buying new all the time!
    Besides these are the same folks that usually salivate over antique stores. Same Same, just more expensive LOL.
    Worthing, UK

    • Hey Lush! OMG, love your name! And that’s a great point. Shopping at thrift stores is good for the planet. People think it’s only about being cheap, but it’s not! 🙂 Thanks for the comment!

      • Sherry Holland says:

        ALL of my furniture was either handed down from my parents (antiques they bought at auctions) or I bought at yard sales or thrift stores. Unbelievable how much crappy pressed board “furniture” is being made and sold for big bucks while contributing to forest destruction, etc. The crappy stuff only lasts a few years while I have gorgeous 100 year old oak pieces!

  20. Thistle says:


    It was so wonderful to meet you at Haven! You are hilarious! I’m glad I have a response now to the next person who makes fun of my thrift store furniture!

    Happy day!

    • Awww….glad that I could have met you here! You are truly wonderful and have the happiest spirit of anyone that I have met in a long time! I really hope we can stay connected after the conference! Glad you loved the article! LOL

  21. Sharon V says:

    In a traditional clothing store setting, one never really knows how many people have tried on the “brand new” top, pants, dress etc that you just paid full retail for….so it may really be no different than a “new to you” garment from a thrift store!

  22. Scott says:

    Sounds like someone got snubbed in the Goodwill parking lot…

  23. Brooke says:


  24. Sherry Holland says:

    Good ones!! Some would say to me “I thought thrift stores were only for poor people!” My answer, “Well, then a lot of poor people must drive the new Mercedes, BMWs and Lexuses I see parked there!”

    • Exactly! My mom has always said that the richest people are the more economical–even waiting for TAPE to go on sale! I think the rich have it right to shop thrift stores, too! (Plus, it’s much more fun hunting for treasures!)

  25. Mary Beth Elderton says:

    Hahaha! Brilliant!

  26. Tamra says:


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