How thrifting can help you and your community


Thrifting is a great way to find unique clothes and items for a cheaper price; not only can it be beneficial for yourself, but also for the environment and community.

Thrift shopping is a fun activity and feels like an adventure. It is like a hunt for treasure where you can know you are doing something positive and good for the community.

Shopping second hand is good for the environment, charities, and can save your closet and wallet! It can help you find one-of-a-kind items. I encourage everyone to participate in shopping secondhand because it is highly sustainable.

Thrifting is very good for our environment. According to writer Lara Eviota of Remake, when you donate clothes to secondhand stores, it keeps them out of landfills. It’s a great form of recycling.

Thrifting also reduces your carbon footprint. According to 2nd Ave Thrift Stores, it prevents you from participating in fast fashion. You should refrain from supporting companies that use high energy and abuse their workers, often from third world countries.

Companies such as Goodwill and Salvation Army are the most well-known secondhand stores. Writer J. Torres of Goodwill South Mississippi states that these thrift stores donate most of their earnings or ask you to round up for charities. They also help others get jobs so when you shop second-hand you are helping so many people in your community.

It’s a common misconception that thrift store gentrification robs the low-income consumers because they get deprived of high quality goods and the supply and demand can cause prices to increase. While this can be true to an extent, thrift stores are so large and updataed so often that low-income shoppers can be guaranteed to find items they need and price increase is just a natural thing with inflation these days.

Shopping second-hand helps you save money on quality items. Why would you spend hundreds of dollars on name brand items that you can find while thrifting at a lower price. Or if you need something you will only wear once, you don’t want to spend a lot of money.

I like thrifting for costume items because it’s something I will likely wear once. I have found many unique items and even ones worth a pretty penny. I have saved countless amounts of money because I participate in shopping second hand.

Thrifting also allows low-income shoppers to find affordable items and clothes. They can support their family and find what they need for reasonable prices.

Another fun way thrifting can be beneficial is when people can make money and profit off of their finds. People can buy furniture or clothes and then refurbish/upcycle them into something with more worth, then sell the item for a profit. This can be a good trick if you are a creative person on a budget.

You should start shopping at secondhand stores to help yourself and the community. You can save money and find amazing items, all while knowing you are helping the planet and that you are helping others.