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A Guide to Thriftshopping


Being in high school is fun and all, but it would be much better if we weren’t all broke. No, this article isn’t about how to get money quick – it’s how to deal with the lack of it.

Most of “us kids” like clothes. There are brands all around that society wants us to have, and our own styles. But, we can’t always afford it.

Remember that catchy song from 2012? “I’m gonna pop some tags, only got twenty dollars in my pocket…”

Yes. Thrift shopping. The holy grail of cheap clothes and other goodies.

Thrift shops come in all shapes and sizes. Some are chains, some are only local stores. All of them have the same general process and purpose.

They get all of their products that they offer from donations from the public. They sell these items for cheaper in their store. And it’s not always clothes – there are electronics, toys, decorations, and utilities.

Sometimes, these places are even charitable. Goodwill, for example, is known for giving jobs to the disabled and other people who otherwise would be jobless.

If you haven’t thrift shopped at this point, you are surely missing out. No matter what style you have, these stores are the prime place to find articles to match your outfit.

First, you got to find your ideal store. Look up places locally and check out the reviews.  There is a difference in quality and price.

For example, Plato’s Closet is known for having more brand items. Yet, it is more expensive. Goodwill has more hand-me-down generic clothing, but for cheap.

When it comes to styling, you need to be open minded. If you have a specific outfit in mind, you should know what to look for. But never limit yourself.

Can’t find that baggy red sweater? Head over to the men’s. Can’t find that cute yellow crop top? For real – go to the children’s section. There could be cute sweatpants in maternity.

It sounds crazy, but you’d be surprised on what you can find back there.

Never forget to take your time. There will be, one hundred percent, have ugly stuff. Don’t let this throw you off – if you look thoroughly through racks, you will find what you are looking for. Patience is key.

You have to go in knowing what you need in the first place. Have a mental list of clothes you need, or are interested in – and be ready to mix and match.

Be careful if you’re just wondering in or “looking”… it is very easy to get carried away! The prices may be cheaper, until you buy 50 tops and a DVD player!

Not only is thrift shopping good for your closet, it’s good for your soul. Go out and get that cute sweater you’ve been eyeing, and don’t forget to give back by donating your own objects.

Riah Trevino covers issues in public service announcements and Oswego High School community events. She can be reached at 61001185@students.sd308.org, or contact the publication directly at 42fifty@sd308.org

Kenzie Cook covers school events and theatre productions. She can be reached at 61001448@students.sd308.org or contact the publication directly at 42fifty@sd308.org

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