Thrifting continues to gain popularity among college students | Arts and Culture

It’s no surprise that society has changed in many ways when it comes to fashion. There are so many popular clothing trends among college students. One such trend is second-hand shopping at second-hand retail stores such as Goodwill, Salvation Army, and Plato’s Wardrobe.

As a new transfer student from community college, saving is key to keeping me comfortable. Thrift shopping is always a good way to find unique and fashionable outfits. Recently I’ve been exploring a little bit of Charlotte here and there. One of my favorite adventures is going second hand shopping with my roommate. We drove to the Salvation Army and I found the cutest oversized sweater. The beauty of thrift shopping is that you can be as creative as you like. For those who haven’t tried frugality, it’s an exciting way to find unique clothing. These activities will help reduce the production of clothes that harm our environment.

According to Valentina Portela’s article, The Fashion Industry Waste Is Drastical Contributing To Climate Change, about 85% of clothing goes to landfill and is incinerated. This causes pollution and further leads to climate change. The article also states that about 81 pounds of clothing is thrown away by the average American, the same weight as an 11-year-old child. If that doesn’t convince you of the danger of making clothes in society, you should know that about 13 million tons of clothes are produced and thrown away every year.

“I started saving when I was 16 because a friend of mine told me about a thrift store she would take her family to,” said sophomore Caroline Zittrouer. “We decided to check it out because they had insane sales. It was one of those places that was 50 cents one day and 75 cents another day. The most expensive ever was about $2.”

Zittrouer goes on to explain her usual spots for thrift shopping around Charlotte.

“My go-to place is always Goodwill, which is a good one in University City near UNC Charlotte. However, Plato’s wardrobe is always great in Charlotte. Also, Uptown Cheapskate and the Wearhouse have unique clothing,” said Zittrouer.

Zittrouer expressed her thoughts on saving the environment by reusing the same clothes worn by other people. She recognizes how quickly fashion can have a negative impact on the environment.

“Lately I’ve been shopping for my work clothes sparingly. I want to be frugal to save money. I usually find pants, shirts and jackets. It has helped the environment and it is becoming mainstream to reuse clothes. We’ve come a long way, for example in material, by not using too much clothing, by being economical. However, we shouldn’t profit or benefit from popular clothing brands, but shop what we like and enjoy the experience,” said Zittrouer.

Zittrouer added some helpful advice for those looking to start secondhand shopping or just starting out.

“I would definitely take some time to go through every little thing and be meticulous. Another piece of advice would be to be patient because you never know what you might find,” said Zittrouer.

I’ve always wanted to find unique clothing that other people don’t own or have recently bought from popular brand name stores. Growing up I never understood how to figure out my dress style. However, I knew that I didn’t want anything specific, but rather something that I might like.

Something I learned when second hand shopping is always a matter of searching the clothes racks from start to finish. I say this because there are so many different colors and lengths of garments to choose from. It makes me feel like there are endless ways to snag a gem. One of my favorite pieces of clothing I’ve found so far (alongside an oversized long sleeve sweater) is a purple long sleeve zip-up shirt. I can pair it with different clothes like oversized ripped jeans and the signature black yoga pants.

If you’re new to thrift shopping, explore and see what your local places have to offer. It doesn’t have to be clothes; This can be kitchen utensils, flower pots or shoes. There are so many things you can find if you get out and explore. Going alone can also be fun because you can take all the time in the world to shop.

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