As the school year progresses, students find themselves shopping more frequently, especially when the change of seasons brings new trends. But, many do not find their favorite clothing items or accessories at conventional stores. Instead they head to thrift stores as a more eco-friendly, inexpensive alternative. 

Students who choose this method have their own techniques that they use when thrift shopping. Junior Sophia Hatami is one of the students that enjoys taking something old and repurposing it. “I thrift almost every weekend with my mom,” Hatami said. “I love shopping at Unique on Route 22-- that’s my go-to.” But, she does have limits on what she typically purchases at thrift stores. “I would never buy underwear or robes. That freaks me out.” 

Having loved thrift shopping for quite a while, Hatami has found a few key pieces to her wardrobe at Unique. “Some of my favorite finds have been my windbreaker, my Nike Air Force 1s that I upcycled and painted, and my yellow skirt. [The skirt] used to be down to my ankles and I cut it to my preferred length.” Thrift stores can be home to one-of-a-kind finds.

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Some students’ favorite articles of clothing happen to be found at thrift stores, but can pass for being high quality items. Sophomore Lauren Gomez also devotes a lot of her time to thrift shopping. She enjoys going to Unique as well and visits pretty frequently. “I once found a distressed, oversized Polo sweatshirt for five dollars,” she stated. “It was a good find, as it’s vintage and was so cheap. It’s also super comfy.”

Some students, despite little time to thrift, still take the chance to shop if the opportunity arises. Junior Matt Quinn thrift shops maybe once every few months. “I like getting cool clothes for cheaper than I normally can get them for,” Quinn said. While thrift shopping is convenient and is home to many interesting finds, not every category of clothing is quite so popular. “I would never buy socks or hats,” he said. “I’d rather not buy the items that have been previously used by someone I don’t know.” 

Why thrift shopping? As Hatami said, “Thrifting is environmentally friendly and reverses the effects of fast fashion.” 

Thrifting is also a valuable option as “the pieces you find are unique compared to other popular stores,” Gomez said. 

Everyone has their own preferences when it comes to thrift shopping, however, the idea is to find a cheaper, more sustainable option. Although thrifting requires time to find treasured items, students find that the search is worth the outcome.