Hold it right there. Thrifting is for who now?
Let’s first clarify what thrifting is. According to definition.net, thrifting “refers to the act of shopping at a thrift store, flea market, garage sale, or a shop of a charitable organization, usually with the intent of finding interesting items at a low price.”
Thrifting is not for people of lower income brackets, nor is it for those who fall into higher income brackets. Thrifting is for everyone! This means that everyone gets to experience the benefits of thrifting that ranges anywhere from environmental impact to personal style.
When you go thrifting you are ensuring that clothing gets a second chance to be rehearted (shameless plug). You are also making sure that your carbon footprint is being reduced! When you purchase high quality clothing that can be found in thrift stores, you help to reduce waste and pollution that results from the production of additional fast-fashion clothing pieces! Synthetic fibres like polyester require a lot of energy to produce, as well as pesticides used on plant-based fabrics such as cotton and linen negatively impact our ecosystem. Byproducts of production include toxic gases and chemicals. That is just a snapshot of the waste being produced by the fashion industry!
However you can help! By thrifting, you are making sure that clothing pieces are loved for longer, and production is kept to a minimum. Last year alone, Value Village (a thrift store that I adore) diverted more than 650 million pounds of high quality clothing to landfills!
Another great benefit of visiting your local thrift store is the immediate addition of creativity and personal style to your wardrobe! The great vintage finds and quirky goods found in these shops are often one in a million and always never found in typical fast-fashion retailers. I mean, where else would you find a legitimate vintage band t and a hot-pink pin-striped vest in the same store? These staple goods can only be found through thrifting!
That being said, thrifting is definitely not for the poor. It’s for anyone who wants to jazz up their closet with high-quality pieces without the harmful environmental impact!