Welcome to SHIFT TO THRIFT: Forget wholesale, ditch retail and dive into bins of unmatched shoes, disorganized racks and used clothing. It’s time to shift to thrift.
Ever wonder why Macklemore wrote an entire song about thrift shopping? Do you want to pop some tags? If you’re not convinced already, here are 10 reasons why you should thrift shop:
1. AFFORDABILITY – You can’t beat vintage shirts for $1, perfectly worn-in jeans for $5, shoes galore and more books than you can count – and it’s all for so cheap. We’re broke college students looking to save some extra money here and there and this is the perfect opportunity.
2. ADVENTURE – Thrift shopping is fun! Perry Barringer, a sophomore health sciences major, said he likes to go thrifting with his friends.
“It’s always pretty entertaining to wander around and see what’s there,” Barringer said.
3. UNIQUE – When you buy something at a thrift store, you don’t have to worry about someone else showing up to class in the same outfit.
“I think it’s a really unique way to express your personal style,” said Kayla Loeb, a sophomore strategic and corporate communication major. “When you buy something, you know 20 other people aren’t going to have the same shirt or outfit.”
4. BRANDS ON BRANDS ON BRANDS – Calvin Klein, Adidas, Nike, Ralph Lauren, you name it – you would be so surprised at the brand names you could find at your local thrift store.
“I’ve bought Calvin Klein and I just got a shirt recently with the tags still on, completely new, with the retail price at $80 and I bought it for $2,” Loeb said.
5. MORE THAN JUST CLOTHES – You can find picture frames, stuffed animals, shoes, accessories, trinkets, kitchen supplies, couches and way more – if you’re willing to dive in.
6. GOOD TIMES, GOOD CAUSE – Many thrift stores donate some of the proceeds to local charities, such as Lutheran High Thrift Shop — located on Tustin Street — which gives all proceeds to Orange Lutheran High School. What’s better than ballin’ on a budget while still helping those in need?
7. TRADE, EXCHANGE, SELL – Have you ever heard of Buffalo Exchange, Crossroads or Wasteland? These higher-end thrift stores sift through clothes and accessories to find the latest trends you’re on the hunt for. You can swap your clothes in for cash or for store credit!
8. ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY – From watching “The True Cost,” a documentary about the not-so-pretty sides of the fashion industry, Loeb learned the harmful effects of the constant production of new clothing.
“It’s very damaging to the environment. It uses a lot of water and chemicals (to create new clothing) and it exploits the workers that make the clothes, as well,” Loeb said. “I just didn’t want to contribute to that as much, so that’s why I thrift shop the majority of the time.”
9. NEW WEEK, NEW STUFF – Every thrift store is constantly adding new items to the store every day. Each week the aisles will be filled with stuff you’ve never seen before.
10. YOU CAN MAKE MONEY – You can resell some of the clothes online to make a profit. If you’re feeling extra crafty, you can even rip up some jeans or make muscle tees and then sell those. Try selling your clothes on Etsy, Depop or Poshmark.