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Why More and More People Prefer Thrift Shops to Boutiques, and It Has Nothing to Do With Income

Drew Barrymore, Zooey Deschanel, and Anne Hathaway are just some of the celebs that make purchases in thrift stores and aren’t afraid of talking about it. They don’t do this because they don’t have money or because they don’t care about how they look (we all know this isn’t true), but they have their own bigger reasons why they wear clothes from thrift stores.

Using the same argument, more and more young people today shy away from boutiques in malls and choose clothes that were previously used. Bright Side decided to find out what their motivation for this was.

Reason № 1: Used clothes don’t require new resources.

Irrigation of cotton fields

According to statistics, in order to produce the amount of cotton to make just 1 T-shirt, it takes 2,700 liters of water (this is how much one person needs in 900 days). Now imagine how many resources it takes to produce enough T-shirts, jeans, and other clothing in order to supply all the stores around the world. Just for your information, in China alone, 300 million pairs of jeans are produced yearly.

Reason № 2: Thrift store clothing doesn’t require packaging.

This is not so much about clothes as it is about everyday items and toys. Have you noticed that if you put the elements of packaging from certain products in one place and the product itself in another, the first pile is often bigger? And most of the time, the pile will consist of plastic that most of us just throw away in the trash without even thinking about the environment.

This is the advantage of used clothes: they’re not packed. The worst that can happen is you carry them home in a plastic bag.

Reason № 3: The clothes that are sold in thrift stores don’t make the planet dirtier.

The clothes that end up on the shelves of thrift stores have a second life instead of becoming just another cog in the global “trash machine”.

Just think about this:

  • Every year on the planet, about 400 billion square meters of fabric is produced.
  • 60 billion of them are thrown away immediately — they’re just small pieces that can’t be used.
  • The rest is used for the production of textiles including 80 billion pieces of clothing.
  • 1/3 of these end up in the trash dump.
  • 3 out of 4 thrown away items aren’t recycled (they’re burned at best). And only 1 out of every 4 of them is used for reproduction.

This is a reason to avoid throwing things away. Instead, give them to thrift stores. Of course, we mean the things that still look decent. The rest can be given to special recycling centers.

Reason № 4: Buying used clothes is much cheaper.

Pretty often, shopping at thrift stores is more like a hunt. Among the huge piles of clothes that are nothing special, some lucky people can find brand new clothes. And their price is very surprising: they are often about 50% — 90% cheaper than the original price.

Mother of 3, Annie Reneau, wrote in her blog, “My favorite summer dress is truly adorable. It’s flowery but not too much, it’s just the right length, and it has a fun little flare when I spin around. It’s perfect. Every time I wear it, I get a slew of compliments, and inevitably someone asks where I got it. ’Thrift store,’ I say with a smile. ’For, like, four bucks.’”

Also, according to Reneau, she was able to buy some Columbia winter pants for her husband for just $10 and an Aldo wallet for $1.49. That saves a lot of money, right?

Reason № 5: It’s not as dangerous as it seems.

The main argument of people who are against thrift stores is that they don’t want to wear things that other people have worn before them. However, you can’t possibly know how many people tried on an item of clothing you bought at a brand name store and what these people looked like.

Many thrift stores disinfect the clothes before putting them on their shelves. But, if your local thrift store doesn’t do this, you can do it yourself after you purchase it.

Reason № 6: It’s an intelligent trend.

In the past, many tabloids used to love to write about how expensive the clothes were that celebrities wore. In these articles, the numbers would be so high that readers would often wonder why not just put money on the body instead of clothes — it would still be cheaper.

But now, more and more, journalists in trendy magazines draw their readers’ attention to the fact that celebrities prefer cheap yet stylish clothes.

This is because fashion priorities are changing. In the past, it was prestigious to show how much you earned with very expensive clothes. Today, people show how intelligent they are by wearing simple and cheap clothing.

As Zooey Deschanel once told journalists, “Style isn’t when you buy yourself the most expensive things.”

The celebrities that choose thrift stores

Zooey Deschanel is not the only celebrity that buys used clothing. Drew Barrymore, for example, appeared in a dress from a thrift store on the red carpet and singer Kylie Minogue is often seen shopping in cheap thrift stores. It’s also worth noting that just a short time ago, she and Billie Eilish gave up some of their accessories for a charity sale.

Rock musician Alice Cooper doesn’t only buy but also sells used clothes and opened his own thrift store in 2014.

Famous actress Anne Hathaway cares about ecology, so she’s also fine with buying clothes at thrift stores. Just look at how cute she looks in this used dress she bought for just $15.

Sarah Jessica Parker also says that she loves used clothes and she thinks that buying clothes at thrift stores is not only enjoyable but also very cheap.

This is probably a great tradition that will most likely teach us all to first pay attention not to the clothes a person is wearing, but to who the person is as a human being.

Have you ever bought things used from thrift stores? Do you remember any good purchases?

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