What Makes Thrift Stores a Great Place to Shop?

As an avid thrift shopper myself, I can’t help but advocate the great benefits to shopping secondhand. Some people are deterred from thrift stores because of the strange smell and the overcrowded racks, but if you can look past that and press forward, you will begin to see why thrift stores are great place to shop. Here are a few reasons why:

Inexpensive

Whenever you go to thrift stores you are bound to find a bargain. Whether you shop at main stream stores like Goodwill or your local community thrift store, the prices are typically much lower than in regular retail stores. With the $25 or more you spend on one shirt at the mall, you can purchase multiple shirts, or maybe even an outfit from the thrift store. And although the items are secondhand, many of the items are in great condition with very little noticeable wear. You may even be lucky enough to find a few items with price tags still on them. I once found a brand new (price tag still on) grey and black Anne Klein Blazer, which can retail anywhere from $65-$100, for $4.59. If that’s not a bargain, I don’t know what is!

One of a kind finds

Since items from thrift stores are donated from various households, they tend to carry a variety of designs and styles from different designers. Because of this, they are able to offer a unique inventory of items that regular stores may not offer. At thrift stores, you can buy one of kind items and not worry about someone else having or wearing the same thing. Since these resale shops can carry anything from vintage to new items, you can find items that fit your own unique style regardless of the current trend, thus making you stand out even more. Plus, it feels pretty good to know that when someone asks you where you got those fashionable threads, you can proudly say to them “thrift store” knowing that you have a one of a kind look in which the chances that it will be duplicated are slim to none.

Goes to a good cause

If you start to shop at thrift stores it won’t take long for you to see that many of them support meaningful causes. Whether it is an organization that helps feed the homeless, one that provides services for battered woman, or one that finds homes for animals, good causes always seem to be connected to thrift stores. Just last year the non-profit, Helping Hands of Rockmart, GA was able to supply over 53 needy families with food daily with the proceeds from their thrift store. Even for-profit thrift stores like Buffalo Exchange, like to give back to the community. Buffalo Exchange runs a campaign in which they give the 5 cents that would normally be used for a merchandise bag, to a charity of the customer’s choice. In doing this they have raised nearly $550,000 to give towards local nonprofits. So whatever the mission may be, by choosing to shop at a thrift store you are supporting a good cause and who doesn’t want to be a part of that?

So what makes thrift shopping so awesome? It’s inexpensive, you’ll potentially become the owner of many one of a kind finds, and you’re supporting a great cause, plus it’s a whole lot of fun too!

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