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by Hannah Brown | Feb 27, 2017

For some people, the idea of going to a thrift shop might just be a Macklemore song. But for some college students, including me, however, thrifting is somewhat of a way of life.

A popular reason that so many students choose to thrift is because the low prices of hand-me-down clothes make it easier to shop, even as a broke college student.

For me, thrifting has always been a part of my life. When I was little, my family would have family thrift store trips, and that tradition carried into my teens. Even today, my mom and I will spend hours going from thrift store to thrift store finding cool clothes for a great price. I love finding fun and interesting clothes, and spending so little money on them. On any given day, you could find me in all thrift store finds.

However, just this year, I learned that there was a thrift store in North Manchester. Right? Who knew? And ever since, my roommate and I have gone and shopped at least every other week. We’ve gotten so many amazing things, and spent less than $5 every time we go. We’ve found so many crewnecks (basically, all I wear are crewnecks), cups, scrunchies, crocs, ugly Christmas sweaters and vests, winter hats, baseball caps, fleeces, and I even found an Ohio State long sleeve shirt.

But why shop secondhand?

❊ Thrifting is cheaper. It’s a great way to save money and still buy clothes or items that are new to you. I’ve even found amazing clothes with the tags still on them for more than 90% off the original price.

❊ It's eco-friendly. By buying secondhand clothing or donating clothes you don’t wear anymore, you're recycling in the most stylish way possible, and you'll help keep clothes out of landfills.

❊ It's a great source of inspiration. Sometimes I’ll see or find something at a thrift store that I wouldn’t even have thought to buy at a regular retail store.

❊ Thrift shops have a constantly changing selection. Since thrift stores receive donations, you can always expect to see completely different items at the thrift store from one week to the next.

❊ Thrift shopping sets you up for some great DIY projects. Whether you want to transform T-shirts into tank tops, paint mugs, or anything in between, you can find most, if not all the basic materials for your DIY projects at a thrift store.

There’s a million pros and cons for thrifting, but to me, it’s a fun and great experience. There’s no other way I’d rather spend a Saturday than at a thrift store with my mom. So go out and find your local thrift stores. And make sure to check out the one in downtown North Manchester for some great clothes, and an even better price! 

Hannah Brown '18 is from Yellow Springs, Ohio. She is majoring in Peace Studies with a focus on Social Justice. She also works as a Student Ambassador at Manchester.

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