As many know, thrift stores resell donated clothes, many of which are used.
Some people enjoy thrifting pieces or collectibles and reselling them on platforms such as Depop. While doing this is a great way to make some money, marketing thrifted clothes runs the risk of taking usable clothes from the less fortunate. Some people can only afford to shop at thrift stores, so if you are looking to resell, make sure you are not clearing out the aisles—don’t buy all of the Levi jeans off the rack. Secondly, if you are looking to buy 5 items, consider donating 5 items from your closet to the same thrift store—this is a great way to clean out your closet while giving back to the community. Remember: a conscious buyer equals a better buyer.
Contrarily, thrifting also has an overwhelming amount of positive impacts. With fast fashion consuming the industry, thrifting can help save our planet; the fashion industry is responsible for 100 billion tons of waste per year. Buying second-hand clothes can help support the cycle of reuse and give those garments one more life to shine.
Most pieces in thrift stores are one of a kind, giving buyers a unique style. Every garment has a story; by buying it and wearing it, you can add to the story. By passing it on to a friend or sibling, you have the ability to continue the beautiful history and memories made in those garments. You get to keep that story, and that story is unique to you!
Along with being environmentally conscious, thrifting enables you to be conscious with your money. Thrift stores are super affordable, ranging from 50 cent garments to $20. They can also be a great way to help support the community around you, as some thrift stores are non-profit: they donate profits to charitable causes or invest in their employees’ futures. Help do your part in the greater community; shop at thrift stores, and help save the planet one thrifted shirt at a time.