Thrift shops have been around for a really, really long time. The Salvation Army and Goodwill launched in the late 1800s and early 1900s respectively. During the Great Depression, Goodwill opened almost 100 stores to fill the demand for secondhand goods. Post World War II prosperity brought an influx in donations to thrift stores and helped usher in the era of high-end consignment shops and vintage stores.
The following decades created the behemoth that is fast fashion. In a recent blog post, we explored the resources consumed to make the synthetic fibers used in cheap clothing from stores like Zara and the Gap. We also looked at the ways thrifting is good for the planet - it is the antidote to the throwaway mentality created by the fast fashion industry.
When you shop secondhand, you're keeping clothes and other household items out of landfills. It's a win for you and for the planet.
Let's look at a few other reasons to try thrifting...
✔︎ It's good for local communities. Many thrift shops are operated
by charitable or non-profit organizations.
✔︎ You can uplevel your wardrobe. Vintage clothes are often
higher in quality, and you may discover unique or
✔︎ It's budget friendly. Most thrift stores offer extremely low
prices compared to retail stores.
✔︎ You can practice your DIY skills. Try transforming a vintage
scarf into a skirt, or refinish a neglected table so it looks like
new - the sky's the limit!
Another reason thrifting is so popular? People just like to browse at thrift stores, flea markets, and garage sales and search for hidden treasures. A valuable painting, some haute couture, or expensive jewelry could be nestled among all of the everyday items. It’s exciting to think about what you might find!
Secondhand shopping is also a great way to find collectible items, like out of print books, one-of-a-kind designer threads, and toys that are no longer sold in retail stores.
Welcome Guest Thrifters!
To celebrate our love for all things thrift, we’ve invited some very special guests to join the thrift finds! tribe. Over the next month, they'll be hanging out with the thrift finds! community to share some of their best hauls, fave shopping spots, tips, and resources.
One Last Thing...
We recently announced the release of a much-anticipated feature: Vibe Check! It’s our community-driven, democratic, moderation tool. In other words, tribe members now have the ability to decide whether a particular post fits the vibe of their tribe.
Peep the video below to see it in action!