Only Got Twenty Dollars In My Pocket

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BALDWIN PARK, CA — Although the release of the song Thrift Shop by Macklemore seems to have happened ages ago, the hype of thrift shopping, whether it originated from a desire to pursue the pop culture aesthetic or to actually save money on clothes, has endured.

Thrifts shops, also known as charity shops, have been around since as early as 1899, when the Wolverhampton Society for the Blind sold goods made by blind people to raise money for the organization. Thrift shops typically sell used goods donated by members of society and costs are typically low. Today, thrift shops can be found in almost every city and some well-known shop names are Goodwill, Value Village, and Salvation Army.

Essentially, thrift shops are a social enterprise that aims to improve society in many ways. Thrift shops serve an eco-friendly purpose by keeping many used items out of the landfill. Also, thrift shops run by community organizations often find ways to put the money earned back into the community.

Thrift shops also encourage a habit of donation. Many thrifters at Goodwill will typically bring some clothing donations with them to the thrift shop before they commence their own thrifting. Thus, individuals are encouraged to keep the cycle constantly moving.

At BP, there is a population of thrifters who all thrift for different reasons. However, they all understand the benefits of thrift shopping and have their own advice to give to those who might wish to make a change in lifestyle or want a more financially-friendly and eco-friendly way to buy clothes.

Jenny Posavatdy, BPHS junior, has been thrifting for as long as she can remember. She typically thrifts three to four times a month. Her preferred shops are the Goodwill on Las Tunas and Arcadia and the Savers thrift shop right across from it. When it comes to thrifting, she has a few words of general advice.

“Patience is key,” emphasized Posavatdy. “Check out the little program that Goodwill does where they do a color of the week, where if you find a tag in the right color, it’s either 50% off and the like.” She also encourages thrifters to take a chance when shopping, to cultivate their own style and not get too caught up on current trends.

Another BPHS student, Brenda Meza, is a more recently converted thrifter, who began thrifting when her sister simply asked her to go to a thrift shop with her on a random day.

“I always thought it was a cool idea to find clothes that were cool for such low prices,” admitted Meza, “especially if they were high-end brands.” In terms of advice, Meza stated, “When I usually go, I always make sure to check almost every aisle in the shop, because you never know what you can find.”

With this advice and the knowledge of the pros of thrifting, hopefully more individuals will turn to thrift shops for their fashion options and take a different approach to the way they decide to spend the twenty dollars in their pockets.

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