Musty clothes, bad lighting, and old shoppers are qualities that some think of when they hear the words “thrift store”, but the growing trend of thrifting among the youth has changed the whole idea.
Not long ago, certain shoppers would have been embarrassed to admit to shopping at Goodwill, but that is no longer the case. Trends are becoming more and more vintage and unique. Styles from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s like high waisted pants and crop tops are coming back, and the perfect place to find cheap vintage clothing would be a thrift store. A pair of pants at the popular store, Urban Outfitters could cost around 90 dollars, but you could find a very similar pair for six dollars at a local thrift store.
Irma Zandl, of the consumer-tracking firm the Zandl Group, tells USA Today that secondhand finds suit young consumers who want to stand out and make a statement:
“People today take pride in being individual and unique, in setting trends vs. following them, and with so much sameness at malls throughout the country, one way to achieve this kind of originality is by buying retro and vintage items that are no longer in production.”
Thrift shopping is very relevant here at North Springs. The student-run club Funky Friday Recycling Club promotes dressing unique and funky. They do club outings to the thrift store to find the funkiest clothes they can.
The media also promotes the trend of thrift shopping. The song from 2012 “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis is obviously about thrift shopping. The song was composed to show Macklemore’s esteem for thrift shops and saving money, opposing the flaunting lyrics many rappers display today.
“Theres no reason to buy a shirt for 50 dollars when you can get one way cooler for 2 dollars!” said junior Sophie Frostbaum, a president of the Funky Friday club.