Three Reasons Why Thrifting is the Best Way to Shop

Written by: Gracie Hermreck, Reporter

What if you could find the nicest brands for shockingly low prices in a way that not only benefits you, but your entire community? Well guess what, you can. Thrifting is the best way to shop as it is sustainable, cheap and gives back to your community.

One way thrifting is the best, is through its sustainability. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the average American throws away 81 pounds of clothing per year, this means that around 26 billion pounds of clothing ends up in landfills. One can dramatically reduce this number through the recycling and reusing of clothing, also known as thrifting. By purchasing clothing at second-hand shops, people are able to significantly reduce their carbon footprint, helping both themselves and the environment. When someone recycles their clothing, they are limiting the amount of natural resources it takes to create new fabric, make the clothing and then ship it hundreds of miles to the sellers. They not only gain a stylish clothing option, but keep the item out of landfill circulation. Even when the clothing piece is no longer your style, the item can be donated to another eco-friendly shopper. As well as being kind to the environment, thrifting is also kind to our wallets. 

Most thrift stores offer extremely low prices, especially in comparison to name brand or newer pieces of clothing. Thrifting is a great way to find one’s favorite brands for a fraction of the price, while still getting a great quality product. According to Carolyn Schneider, author of The Ultimate Consignment & Thrift Store Guide, thrift stores usually markdown products by about 50%-80% percent, and sometimes even sell bundles, giving certain clothing items away for free. Not only will one have a stylish new outfit, but will have a newfound confidence in their bargain hunting skills. Along with being kind to one’s wallet, most thrift stores are good for the community as well. 

Most thrift shops not only filter in donations but give them out as well. According to goodwill.com, Goodwill donates nearly $1 million dollars a year of free merchandise to people in need and other independent organizations. In 2018, Goodwill was given an A-plus rating in community service, which is the highest in the country for nonprofit organizations. Thrifting also gives money to local shops which filters the money right back into one’s community. Thrifting also helps one know their clothes a bit better, most of them being locally sourced, rather than being shipped from halfway across the country. 

All in all, thrifting is one of the best ways to shop. It allows you to find the perfect pieces of clothing in a cheap, eco-friendly and generous way.