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Challenged by the budget of a poor college student and reluctant to support mass production of garments followed by unethical treatment of workers, I went thrifting (shopping at second-hand stores) for the first time in freshman year of college. I admit that I used to have an aversion for thrift stores because not only am I super allergic to dust, I have a sensitive sense of smell. But after finding some of my favorite pieces of all time, I confess that I have become a thrift store junkie.

 

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<Image: from Thrift Town in San Leandro>

 

You should thrift because..

 

1. Everything is so cheap it can’t possibly hurt you. In addition to garments, you can also find books, furniture, home decor products at a price simply unbeatable. Most of my furniture during college days came from thrift stores and they were absolutely worth it. As for garments, you can play around and follow the trend without hurting your bank account. Did you know? Even thrift shops have sales! I love those “half-off everything” days.

 

2. One of a kind items. Don’t you just hate bumping into someone wearing the same exact outfit as you? That’s my issue with mass production. I want to be different and rare, don’t you? It will be extremely difficult to see someone wearing what you found at a thrift store. Your finds will be unique and therefore even more awesome.

 

3. Recycling matters. We make so much clothes, most that go to waste. What for? I think consumerism is great. It keeps the economy going. But sometimes we get too lost in the pleasure of spending that we forget about the horrible consequences behind production. Sweatshops, animal abuse, landfill overflow are all caused by mass production and suppliers continuously forced to reach corporations’ demands. “According to Goodwill, about 23.8 billion pounds of clothing end up in U.S. landfills each year. Currently, 166 community-based Goodwill organizations in the U.S. and Canada divert more than 1.5 billion pounds of clothing and textiles a year from landfills and, in the process, create job-training opportunities for more than 1.5 million people annually.” (Egolf, K., AdAge)

 

4. You are spending on a good cause. Most thrift stores are charity organizations. They donate most of their profit and whatever didn’t sell will be sent to those in need. Yes, you can make a difference. Thrift stores would go out of business without shoppers/donors like you! You certainly do not have to buy from thrift shops if you’re not too convinced about the benefits. Even so, please donate your clothes/furniture/books/etc. Never throw away unwanted things because someone and the mother earth will appreciate it.

 

Every other month, I go through this ritual where I empty out my closet. I sell some of the clothes and donate most. I believe in the power of recycling and giving, you should too! Ever since I got myself into thrifting, half of my closet has been replaced with thrifted items. Experience the joy of finding treasures, saving money, and spending for a good cause all at once.

 

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As explained in 4 Reasons Why You Should Thrift , thrifting is awesome, it should become a hype that never dies. In this post I want to share how I style my favorite thrifted items of all time depending on the look I’m going for. I will be listing all items, plus the price for second-hand pieces so you can see that you don’t need to hurt your bank account to stay in trend. I really hope this post will serve as a reason for some of you to check out thrift stores!

 

Casual:

obey hat, converse, american apparel fanny pack, cheap monday jeans

snapback Obey, $5
raglan shirt Arizona Jean Co., $1
fanny pack AA
dark indigo jeans Cheap Monday, $10
platform high tops Converse

 

 

Street smart:

camo jacket, nike shirt, timberlands, levi's shorts

camo jacket by the U.S. Army (sleeves rolled up, name tag removed), $8
shirt Nike (men’s shirt, D.I.Y. sleeveless crop top), $4
high waisted denim shorts Levi’s, $10
vintage nubuck boots Nine West, $49
chain cuff H&M

 

 

Chic:

ellen tracy blazer, banana republic shirt, american apparel skirt, jeffrey campbell

shades unknown
navy oversize cropped biker blazer Ellen Tracy, $8
shirt Banana Republic, 50¢ (originally $2, went in on a half off everything day. additional half off for a easily removable stain)
houndstooth skirt AA
earrings Anne Klein, $4
gold bow Madewell
watch Swatch x Jeremy Scott, $60
black ankle strap pumps Jeffrey Campbell

 

 

Romantic:

maxi dress, bcbg leather jacket, dior shoes

maxi dress Espresso. $3
moto leather jacket BCBGMAXAZRIA
ankle strap pumps Dior, $200
necklace H&M
crystal earrings Zara

 

 

Sophisticated:

kate spade purse, american apparel disco shorts, pour la victoire pumps

silk top Barrie Pace, $2
disco shorts AA
pearl earrings Anne Klein, $6
chain purse Kate Spade
watch Anne Klein, $6
chain bracelet unknown, (handmade item from Korea)
ankle strap pumps Pour La Victoire

 

 

Carefree:

h&m bustier, thrifted cardigan, levi's shorts, doc martens

bustier H&M
lilac cardigan unknown, $5
black high-waisted denim shorts Levi’s, $10
mock garter tights House of Holland x Pretty Polly
knee high socks AA
boots Doc Martens, $60 (broken in, made in England)

 

 

Attitude:

fendi vest, stylenanda earrings, H&M necklace, uniqlo cardigan, american apparel leather shorts

vest Fendi, $15
leather shorts AA
cardigan Uniqlo, $3.50
leather strap sandals Report
fringe earrings Stylenanda
chain choker H&M
 

 

If you want to learn how to properly clean your clothes without damaging them, check out my previous post: How to Take Good Care of your Hard-to-Care Fabrics at Home