Everything You Should Know About Thrifting


Karla Flores, Staff Writer

Have you ever been thrift shopping before? Do you plan on trying it out? There’s lots of talk about thrift shopping being filthy and not considered as an option for buying clothes. What if I can change those opinions and tell what my personal experience of thrifting is like.

My Experience with Thrift Shopping
I’ve been thrifting for two years now and it’s become one of my favorite ways to find new clothes. These stores include Goodwill, Savers, Salvation Army, or any local thrift shop. At first I was skeptical about whether or not I was wasting my time looking through used and donated clothes. I was surprised with how many clothes I was able to find my first time being there. Almost all the clothes I bought looked brand new and were in great condition. Since everything in the store came from all kinds of places I always make sure to wash my hands or use hand sanitizer afterwards. When doing laundry, I typically like to wash my thrifted clothes once or twice before wearing them.

My first time shopping at a thrift store was at Goodwill. I was able to buy a tan winter jacket, a brown columbia sweater, and a gray zip up sweater. Not bad for the first time. I still wear these items after 2 years of owning them. Most of my closet is filled with thrifted clothes. Nowadays, I mostly buy from Savers for amazing thrift finds. Savers has great prices for all kinds of clothes and accessories. Over the past year, I’ve been able to find jeans, hoodies, jackets, t-shirts, hats, belts, necklaces, scarfs, and shoulder bags. The store has a layout just like any other store with a women’s section, a men’s section, shoes, accessories, books, furniture, and even decorations for any upcoming holiday. Each item is usually between $3-$20. Who doesn’t like low prices?

The Benefits of Thrift Shopping
Thrift shopping is also a great way of helping the environment. According to Impakter, “Purchasing from fast fashion companies perpetuates the cycle of overconsumption, overproduction, and excessive pollution.” Although there are times where fast fashion can be found in a thrift store, this just shows that the previous owner was kind enough to donate for others to wear. Online selling is another popular way of shopping for previously owned clothing. Anyone can put up a post and easily sell their clothes while helping to reduce trash. I enjoy using Depop and Mercari for online selling. There are also chances you might find designer clothes for half its original price! Next time you pass by a thrift store, check it out! You never know what amazing pieces you might find.

Have a great time treasure hunting!