I love thrift/second-hand shops. They’re fun, unique, and their inventory is always different.
For a Rhetorical Communications assignment, I had to create a persuasive speech about a personal passion. In class, I spoke about thrift shopping and now on a different platform – through this blog, I wanted to share my love for it.
1. Looking for a cheap hangout?
Hanging out with friends adds up, especially if eating out, shopping, and/or going to the movies is involved.
If shopping is an interest of yours, I definitely recommend thrift shopping.
Not only will you exercise retail therapy, but you will also sharpen your keen eye for finding good items. Thrift shopping does involve costs, but not as high costs of shopping at a mall or outlet. Thrift shopping is also rewarding because it takes time to find items that suit your style, but when you do come across that special one, it’ll make the shopping experience that much better.
Thrift shops have a wide variety of clothing, but they also have a great collection of furniture, books, and kitchenware. For any students moving into dorms soon, I highly recommend thrift shopping for your dorm necessities.
2. Support a community mission of your interest.
Many thrift stores are tied to a community non-profit organization or mission, and donate a certain percentage of revenue. For example, Goodwill, creates job opportunities for those less likely to be employed in a traditional setting. Thrift stores near my university campus are linked to HIV/AIDS protection clinics, Planned Parenthood, or LGBTQ support groups.
If there is a community group or mission that you support, consider shopping at stores that are linked to them. Be a smart consumer by saving money, having fun, and supporting others.
3. Fill up a basket of environmental consciousness.
Thrifting is a great way to give a second wind to items no longer wanted by previous owners. Shopping at thrift stores supports a second-hand cycle, preventing a large amount of items going straight to the landfill.
It values conserving and reusing materials, and appreciating the material goods that you surround yourself with. To continue the second-hand cycle, there must be a recipient to give love for the donated item.
The beauty of thrift shopping is that you can be involved in both the donating and buying process. During my Communications presentation, a classmate asked an intriguing question about how to avoid making thrifting a fashion “trend”, when there are others who are in dire need of low-cost materials. I offered the idea of donating when you are shopping.
By being a donor and consumer, you are creating space for new items to go onto shelves, while replenishing the stock yourself. If you are financially capable, be a part of both ends of the cycle, and help thrift stores, community missions, and Mama Nature out.
The featured image is a $13 chair I bought last week at Goodwill. The engraving drew my eye and I fell in love with it.
It now has a happy home in my dorm, and will be paired with a throw blanket soon.
Have fun shopping friends!
With much love,
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