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Let’s Not Gatekeep Sustainable Fashion; Come Shop With Me!

While everyone was glowing up during quarantine, I was sitting at home and browsing Pinterest, feeling sorry for myself for not being confident enough to dress cutely like those girls. I always told myself that it was because I was saving money and there was no way that I could afford a cute wardrobe. So I went on with my life and continued to come up with excuses for why it was okay for me to spend my entire life in sweatpants. (Note: There’s nothing wrong with sweatpants, especially since athleisure is and always will be SO CUTE.) 

One day, I decided that I was done feeling sorry for myself and asked my more stylish friends where they got their clothes and I was told to look into my local thrift stores. I knew that thrifting was common, but every time I went, I felt like such an outsider because I don’t know the first thing about fashion. However, over time (and A LOT of making my boyfriend thrift with me every other day), I felt comfortable and I want to share all of the amazing thrift stores in the Amherst area that are affordable, cute, and sustainable

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1. Goodwill, Amherst

Located only a few minutes away from campus, the Goodwill in Amherst is your classic thrift store with a lot of college-student staples. Since it's so close to campus, you can expect a lot of youthful fashion pieces that are super adorable! 

2. The Salvation Army, Hadley

Every time I shop for groceries in Hadley, I have to stop at this Salvation Army. It's always such a nice time and you've got to check out their jacket section. Go quick, though! Their good stuff goes fast, but if you're lucky enough, you'll find some great pieces. 

3. The Salvation Army, Greenfield

I struggle with sharing this place because their stuff is so good, I want to gatekeep it and not tell anyone! But, of course, it's important to shop sustainably, and where else than the Salvation Army in Greenfield? I have gotten so many cute finds here that thankfully did not break my bank! The staff is super nice and is extremely helpful. Check it out and let me know what you find! 

4. Giving Circle Thrift Shop, South Deerfield

The Giving Circle holds a very special spot in my heart. When I moved into my first off-campus apartment, I would frequent this shop whenever I could, given that it's only a few minutes drive away from me. The ladies that run the store are the nicest people you'll ever meet and features locally-made jewelry that is to die for. This is definitely my favorite find. 

[bf_image id="nsctxvwvfznwn3jprcsfsq7"] Shopping sustainably is important, not only because it donates the funds to charity, but also because it reduces the waste that we put into the environment by constantly buying new clothes. Go forth, my friends! Treat yourself to some cute thrift finds. The environment thanks you. 

Anna Dao

U Mass Amherst '23

Anna Dao is a junior at the University of Massachusetts - Amherst, majoring in Legal Studies. She hopes to use writing as a platform for comedic relief, raise awareness for mental health, and short rants on citrus fruits. Follow her on Instagram @anna.dao and Twitter at @annadao19
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