How To: Thrift

Millennials are bringing back the thrift store game in search of being original, ethical, and frugal… it is debatable if hipsters or Macklemore brought it back.

Thrift store shopping is one of the first things that consumers look to when trying to be a "conscious shopper." Reselling and rebuying already used things give us a feeling that we’re saving money and the planet at the same time. However, we are buying 5 times more clothing than we did in 1980s and throw away 40% textile in 2009 than in 1999. So are we actually doing much good if we're buying excessively but also giving away a lot?

A lot of fashion bloggers online revel in cute items they fished at their local consignment stores for a bargain! A few big names are Goodwill, Crossroads, and Buffalo Exchange. Number of consignment stores increased 7% in 2010 and 2011, and many new stores have popped up near universities in recent years.

How to Reduce Your Clothing Purchases

  1. Buy less! This is ultimately the best solution to reducing your clothing consumption. However, we understand that it might not be a viable solution to going cold turkey, so here are a few other options….

  2. Create a guideline for when you shop so you can determine how to make decisions about whether you truly need the article of clothing and if it is in good quality.

  3. Shop at thrift stores more often, however it does not solve our landfill or consumption problems. Only 20% of American’s donated clothing is actually re-used, 45% is recycled through textile recycling companies, about 25% is sold to developing countries, and about 11% ended up in landfill. So thrifting is not an end-all, be all.

  4. Try to do a minimalist fashion challenge with your friends (for accountability!). Here are a few examples of the challenge: 1 2 3.


By: GJ Editorial Team