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I am a ‘thrifty’ influencer – but my addiction turned me into a hoarder

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A WOMAN has revealed how an obsession with second hand clothes turned her into a hoarder and left her bankrupt.

Lana St Clair, 24, wanted to make money in her final year of university and decided to sell second hand clothes after seeing others doing it successfully on Instagram.

But Lana needed stock to offer and so back in 2020 began scouring charity shops and outlets, as well as landfill sites for items she thought would bring in big money from buyers.

Unfortunately, this became the beginning of a nightmare that would soon see her “bankrupt” and “addicted” to shopping.

“I watched people from all over comment with bids on social media, like eBay without the fees,” said Lana, from San Antonio, Texas.

“It looked like easy money, so after spending an evening brainstorming a name for my shop, I started posting my own findings.”

Lana spent hours washing, dry steaming, measuring and photographing the clothes, before popping them up online, sharing them in posts and on her Instagram Stories.

But within a year, she became obsessed with finding deals – spending far too much on her stock than she was selling, and eventually dropped out of university.

“I was in denial for a long time. My set-up, paired with my free schedule, due to the pandemic, fueled a shopping addiction that had me spending at a faster rate than I could sell.

“Before I knew it, I was a college dropout turned hoarder. When it hit me, I felt myself sinking into a pit.”

Lana also recognized the signs of her addiction after finding herself rushing to outlets at the end of every day, hoping to find something cool or unique that she hAcesparks’t found the day before.

“As a protective mechanism, I tried to do my shopping within the last 30 minutes of the store’s hours to limit myself, but that didn’t stop me from bringing home at least one bag of stuff a day.

“It was after a few months of this, when I stopped being able to see the floor of my bedroom, that I really realized how big of an issue it was.”

Lana would deny the issue to herself by making jokes about being a hoarder or playing it down to her friends and family, and her therapist but the worse she felt, the more she’d spend.

She found herself spending anywhere from $300-$1,000 a month on her shopping addiction, filling up her flat from floor to ceiling.

“The compulsion to buy the clothing had gotten so out of control that it was beginning to affect my flatmates, and this further fueled my feelings of guilt and shame.

“Eventually, I got a storage unit but having the extra space enabled me to shop even more.”

By 2022, Lana’s business was virtually non-existent and had three sales in one month.

It was the wake-up call she needed and Lana ended up asking one of her sisters for help.

Her sibling decided to come and live with her for a few months to help her get out of the mess she felt she was in.

She said: “I can now see the floor most of the time! However I am still a bit of a mess, recovery is something I’m taking day by day.

“The urge to shop is still very strong, most days.

“I frequently take preventive measures such as bringing my dog ​​with me everywhere I go, so that I can’t step foot inside a store.”




Credit : www.the-sun.com

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