By Rachel Bush
Every fall on The Hill, the campus is presented with students who portray different styles and trends. There are many brave souls who tackle new things. This year on The Hill something is a little different amongst our women and some men. Society has named them “Thrifters” or “Bargain Hunters.”
A “Thrifter” is anyone who shops and maintains his/her style from Thrift stores. As a result to the failing economy, many students have resorted to second-hand clothing. Thrift stores offer unlimited style and frugal fashion.
A person can accomplish many styles with pieces from the thrift store. Sophomore Business Major Megan Pepe described her style as vintage with a hippie twist.
“I like the uniqueness the thrift store gives and the price,” said Pepe.
Thrift Stores are now starting to become accustom to the younger generations.
If you’re willing to take the time and the effort to thrift, you will be very impressed with what you buy. Thrift stores offer much more than clothes; it is also a great place to furnish your apartment or dorm.
The saying “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” still stands true. At thrift stores, some of the best finds are at your fingertips.
Senior General Studies Major Ryan Mayo stated, “I can find myself in another man’s trash!”
There are many things you can find, but Mayo stated that her best find has been a “Longchamp” name brand purse for $4.00.
- Where to Thrift: Branch out!! If you cannot find what your heart desires at first, shop around. Do not give up on your first trip. You will not always be able to find something every time you go. There are many local thrift stores right here in Rome. Senior Frankie Freeman stated, “Any random thrift store I see, I try to go to!” Goodwill and Salvation Army are the two promising ones. However, many small, unorganized thrift stores often tend to offer the coolest things. If you do not find something at the first thrift store, possibly tackle one neighborhood at a time.
- How to Thrift: Don’t go in with a set thing you are looking for. The best finds occur when you are not looking for anything in particular. There isn’t a wrong or right way. Be yourself and everything else will fall into place. Also, be patient and be willing to look for a long time.
- When to Thrift: Go when no one goes. Odd hours yield the best finds. Start shopping off season- when shopping for winter items, look during the summer months. The off seasons are always good times to find things. Some thrift stores offer markdowns on certain days, so you should ask an associate in the store about their discounts.
- What to Thrift: It is easy to go in thinking about what you may have in mind. However, go in with an open mind, and you will be very surprised at what you might find! Thrift stores are great places to find pretty much anything. They offer more than just second-hand clothing. Thrift stores are perfect for a pair of retro sneakers, vintage jewelry, and even a good book
- Why to Thrift: Thrifting is a shopping experience like any other. Freeman stated, “Thrift stores have more urban, vintage clothes which fit my style. It’s also much cheaper and much more unique.” Thrifting is also a great way to give back to the community. Many times the money will go to non-profit organizations in the community. Thrifting also allows a person to become self-expressive. Think out of the box! Everything you find could be used for something else that it wasn’t intended for. If you like crafts, this is a perfect place to find odds and ends to work on. The thrift store can also be a starting ground for crafts found on the famous website “Pinterest.” Be creative and self-expressive- you will be amazed at what could come out of it!