Why buy new when you can thrift?


A picture of friends posing in newly thrifted clothes.

Veronica Ingold

More and more people are switching from buying clothes from retail stores to buying from thrift stores.

Forever 21 isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, but the company isn’t growing as rapidly as it once was. This, in part, is due to increasing concerns over climate change and questions about the humanity of fast fashion.

But you don’t have to have righteous intention behind your decision to buy secondhand. Thrift stores get their merchandise by donations, and what do people donate? Old clothes that don’t fit or are outdated. However, vintage is in if you haven’t noticed. Making thrift stores a goldmine for cheap vintage clothes in good condition.

In a recent poll, 30 out of 38 people said at least some of their wardrobe consists of thrifted clothes. However, 61% of people still said that most of their wardrobe is from retail stores.

Thrifting, however, can be misused. Often people buy clothes at relatively low prices then sell them for sometimes 10x the price they were bought at. Which, at first glance, might sound like an excellent way to make some money.

But the point of secondhand stores is to take in donations and sell them at reduced prices primarily to people in need. Once we start raising the price of thrifted clothes, it defeats the whole purpose.

Don’t despair! For the most part, the pros outweigh the cons. So go to your local thrift store and pick out a few cool items. It’s great for the environment, and you never know what you might find!