What is thrifting exactly?
Simply put, thrifting means shopping in a thrift store (or flea market), where you’ll find used items in good condition for reasonable prices. Unlike fast fashion shops with mass-produced items, this is good for the environment. Thrifting is a way of recycling.
However, it is much more than buying used clothes: it’s an experience. With it comes the thrill of the hunt for unique items. It’s the fun of discovering beautiful locations, communities, and people. But most of all, thrifting is a way to discover your personal style. In thrift stores, you won’t find your everyday items, but unique vintage and off-season pieces that are nowhere else. It allows us to experiment with fashion by pushing us out of the comfort zone created by big brands. There is something beautiful about knowing that what you buy is special and that it was for its previous owner too.
If you aren’t convinced, just take Ashley’s word for it (aka “bestdressed”), a popular content creator and fashion guru, who teaches her followers the art of thrifting, along with many other fashion tips. In an interview she stated that she started thrifting because it was “a way to experiment with my style and make interesting content, and re-wearing clothes for years […] was just a product of not having that much money.” And this is exactly why so many teens, and others, have fallen in love with thrift shopping. Thrifting offers the perfect solution when you don’t have a big budget but you do have the desire to shop and update your wardrobe: minimum prices for maximum fashion.