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Thrifting: Shop on a Budget and Protect the Environment 

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Holy Cross chapter.

Throughout my summer and beginning of fall, my Tiktok “For You Page” has been full of thrift hauls that showcase the amazing finds from Goodwill and other second hand clothing stores. As my Tiktok continued to produce these videos, I came across girls finding expensive brands like Louis Vuitton, Lululemon, and Ralph Lauren all at extremely low prices while also in almost brand new conditions. At this point, I was hooked on these videos. I constantly scrolled through hauls where girls filled huge bags with clothes totaling to maybe $20. I had to try it. 

While visiting Nantucket this summer, my friends and I came across a tiny thrift store. Nantucket, known for its insane prices and designer stores, was not providing me with a lot of options for enhancing my summer wardrobe until we came across this thrift store. As I made my way through the doors, I saw rows of clothes all for under $10. My friends and I dug through boxes and racks, each of us walking to the register with an arm full of clothes. I spent under $15 dollars shopping in that Nantucket thrift store and left with two knitted sweaters, a blue pinstripe blouse, and a pink t-shirt.  

As the summer progressed, I kept searching for thrift stores and Goodwills. I visited my first Goodwill toward the end of the summer and bought an athletic top, white skirt, and a black and white blouse, only spending $5. 

Everyone is guilty of buying a new piece of clothing, only wearing it once, and eventually disposing of it. I have absolutely been a part of this cycle, but thrifting has shown me how easy it is to enjoy recycled clothes. Aside from the undeniable environmental benefits, there is a certain excitement I found when searching through used clothes and coming across something unique. My experience with thrifting over the last couple months has led me to wonder why people don’t give thrifting a chance when searching for a new piece of clothing. 

Regina Palladino

Holy Cross '27

Hi! My name is Gina Palladino, and I'm from Pittsburgh, PA. I attended an all girls, Catholic high school in Pittsburgh until beginning my time at Holy Cross this fall. I spend most of my free time scrolling through Pinterest, hanging out with friends and family, taking pictures on my digital camera, rewatching my favorite TV shows, making art, and listening to music. Some of my favorite artists are Taylor Swift, Harry Styles, Billy Joel, The Beatles, and Billie Ellish!