In honor of Holy Cross hosting another HerCampus thrift store this semester, I wanted to share some benefits of thrift shopping. I started thrifting about two years ago, when I had a little mid-life crisis and decided to change up my style and wardrobe. I wanted to get rid of a lot of clothes I didn’t really like or wear anymore, and switch them out for more unique pieces. I turned to online thrifting platforms, like Poshmark and Depop to sell my clothes, and used that money to buy new clothes instead! I also looked into in-store thrift stores like Goodwill, Savers, and Salvation Army, as well as Poshmark and Depop!
1. You’ll Create a Unique Wardrobe
If you buy a new piece of clothing from big corporations like Nordstrom or Urban Outfitters, you’re bound to find someone wearing the same piece as you. By thrifting, there are many more one-of-a-kind pieces that’ll reduce the chance of you wearing the same top as a friend.
2. Thrifting is Great for the Environment
Manufacturing, producing, and distributing clothing truly takes a toll on the environment. By thrift shopping, you are essentially recycling clothing and eliminating waste from going into landfills. So by making the choice to buy secondhand clothing, you are helping the planet as a result!
3. Clothes Are So Much Cheaper!
If the benefits for the environment don’t sway you just yet, maybe buying clothes at a fraction of the price will. I personally have found a $70 Free People sweater at my local Goodwill for only $5! Oftentimes people think that the clothing in thrift stores is low quality, but you can actually find a ton of high quality and brand name pieces!
4. Your Purchase Could Go To Charity
Many local thrift stores give a certain percentage of your purchase to local charities. This way, you can feel good about your purchase, while still getting a unique piece of clothing!