Beyond A Bargain! Benefits Of Thrifting


ORLANDO, FL (Ivanhoe Newswire) — Everybody loves a bargain! But the benefits of thrifting go beyond just saving money. Although it’s not new, thrift shopping is becoming more and more popular. According to a new survey, almost 20 percent of the U.S. population shop at thrift stores, and that number is expected to double by the year 2030. Resale stores have also grown almost 10 percent in the last two years. From saving your wallet to keeping up with the trends, secondhand shopping can help you and the world around you.

Thrifting is becoming America’s newest pastime. Some people aren’t aware of the many benefits that thrifting can bring. One woman in Virginia bought a four-dollar vase at a thrift store and resold it for one hundred thousand dollars! But saving, and possibly earning money aren’t the only benefits of secondhand shopping.

One hundred billion clothing items are produced every year and 92 million tons of it ultimately end up in landfills. By choosing secondhand items, we help to reduce the demand for new products and the production of more goods.

Thrift stores are treasure troves of unique, one-of-a-kind items that you won’t find in traditional retail stores. Another benefit is, that many thrift stores have proceeds going toward supporting community initiatives, local charities, or global causes, so you indirectly support those efforts by thrifting.

“It’s just, a sense of community, people love to resell,” says Jennifer Dodds, the Owner of Top-Drawer Fashion.

But there is a trick to the trade. First, thrifting can be cost-effective if you create a budget and stick to it. Know what each store specializes in. You can find out through TikTok reviews. Be open to customizing what you buy. You’ll need to know a good person for alterations.

And persistence is key. The more you go, the more treasures you will find.

A few more tips are, to check that you’re getting a fair price, verify dimensions and other characteristics before you commit, and inspect thrift store finds before you bring them home as you usually cannot return items.


Contributors to this news report include: Adahlia Thomas, Producer; Bob Walko, Editor

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