By Lauren Balster
I am probably the biggest advocate for thrifting, behind Macklemore of course (“I wear your Grand-dad’s clothes”), and I want to tell you why!
First of all, when you go thrifting, you can find the coolest items that no one else has. Sometimes I find brand name vintage pieces that stores don’t even sell anymore! There’s something about vintage that is just so individualized and unique from anything that is sold in the mall or online stores.
Next, if this wasn’t already obvious, it is the cheapest stuff on the market! You can sometimes find gorgeous finds for as low as $1- like come on! If you’re someone who’s Ballin on a budget, this is the first place you should be looking to find new wardrobe pieces.
Last but not least, when you buy clothing second-hand, you are significantly decreasing your carbon footprint and helping the environment. The fashion industry is the #2 cause of pollution on our planet, behind the oil industry. Every year, fast-fashion retailers waste billions of pounds of textiles because of all the clothing items that people don’t consume before the next season’s fashion takes over. When you buy used clothes, you are not supporting the companies that participate in this waste and are instead making new uses of clothing items that would otherwise be tossed to the landfill.
Though it can be quite the hunt to thrift through racks and racks, it is such a treasure when you do find those unique and trendy pieces that all your friends will be asking about. Another option to try, if you don’t want to waste your time sifting through a store, is shop virtual thrift stores. There are thousands of thrifting apps such as Poshmark, DePop or Mercari where you can find gently used or even sometimes new items for a fraction of the price that stores sell them at. Also, there are thousands of Instagram accounts that sell the thrifted items they find or upcycle, so you don’t have to! Here are just a few examples: