Thrift Shop Taboo Turned Trendy

Long gone are the days of thrift shopping taboo. What was once looked down upon as a low-income activity has now been reborn as trendy and budget-friendly for people of all backgrounds and finances.
The benefits of thrift shopping continue to help the shopper, buyers, and the environment.
Kristen Favata, owner of Cliché Consignment of 100 Wyoming Avenue, Wyoming, makes shopping fun and affordable for her customers.
“Thrifting benefits the shopper because they can have the opportunity to wear designer clothing they normally can’t afford for a fraction of the retail price. You get more for your money,” Favata said.
“Sellers can turn their unwanted items into cash, which actually helps the environment by producing less waste and less material piling up in landfills.”
Kristen Favata notes that the quality of wear at Cliché Consignment is always exceptional.
“We look for items less than two years old because styles and trends do change. We look for items free of rips, tears, stains, odors, and discoloration. Also; items with ruffles, designs, and sequins tend to sell more than plain items. We keep our eyes out for those pieces.”
Favata states that she stays up-to-date with the latest fashion trends to keep her shop exciting for women.
In addition, Favata said that certain days are better to shop than others due to certain sales.
“We do a minimum sale of 20% on Wednesdays,” she explains, “but sales on the weekends differ so shopping remains fresh. We usually have four different ticket colors on sale each month ranging from 25-90% off.”
In the past, second-hand shopping was viewed in society as something primarily geared towards individuals of lower income. That theory has since been debunked with more and more individuals stepping up for the environment— and their wallets.
Shopping ethically has been on the rise since the “fast fashion” notion was introduced to society. Fast fashion is a modern term used to describe trends that sell cheaply and quickly from big buck corporations, often at the expense of underpaid laborers and children.
According to EcoWatch, an environmental news website, the clothing industry is a massive contributor to pollution.
By thrifting, consumers unknowingly create a cleaner planet. At an affordable price, we can all look great and live in a greener world.
Thrift shopper Jade Corazza shares why thrifting is so important in her shopping routine:
“Thrift shops have such a wide variety of styles, you really can’t go wrong. I like to buy flannels and graphic tees, so my options are endless. I prefer to thrift because I am a college student so money for me is tight.”
Corazza excitedly said that her favorite place to second-hand shop is the Salvation Army on Kidder Street in Wilkes-Barre.
“There is so much to look at I could spend few hours there. My favorite piece is the big, comfy sweater I bought from the men’s section. I wear them all through winter.”
Annette Ambruch, an avid thrift shopper at the Goodwill and Salvation Army states, “I love finding hidden treasures among things that people have ‘thrown away.’ It’s always super exciting to find a designer label among the Wal-mart and Kmart discards. Trendy items can definitely be found at thrifts – you just have to be at the right place at the right time.”


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