When most people go shopping, they don’t automatically think to look in a thrift store first. Many people want to buy brand new items that have never been used or worn before. However, if you are trying to be sustainable and save some money, thrift stores are definitely for you.
Thrift stores are stores full of used items that are still in good condition. Many of the items found inside were donated. Since most thrift stores are non-profit, they can resell the items they receive for really cheap—which is great news for shoppers.
Despite popular belief, thrift stores sell much more than clothing. At most stores, you can find kitchen appliances, electronics, books, artwork, board games, toys, furniture, jewelry, shoes, and much more. Some even have Halloween costumes and seasonal decorations depending on the time of year. Everything you find in a thrift store is much cheaper than it would be even in a normal department store.
Buying from a thrift store not only saves you money, but it is extremely sustainable. Reusing items is always more ecofriendly than buying brand new ones. The reuse of items such as clothes, electronics, furniture, etc. decreases the amount of waste going to landfills and the number of new items that need to be created.
Not only can you buy items from thrift stores, you can also donate to them! Most thrift stores have a drop off area where you can drop off almost any unwanted items for free.
Written by Alyssa Lemire, Class of 2017
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