Andee Korpics 9th grade
Writer and photographer: Andee Korpics Model: Cassidy Zorman
Clothes can be really expensive, and I’m always looking for new ways to save money. Last year, I decided to go to some thrift shops to see what all the hype was about, and I’ve been going ever since. It’s such a better alternative to shopping at brand name stores. My two favorite thrift stores are Via Thrift Store, and American Family Services Thrift Shoppe. Everytime I’m shopping at Pacsun, Urban, or any other store, I usually never end up buying anything because I always think “Oh I can get that for like $5” or, “I can totally remake this!” and it has saved me so much money! On top of saving tons of money, I’m also staying on trend and expanding on my own personal style.’80s and ’90s trends are definitely making a comeback, and instead of buying overpriced, fake, vintage clothes I just shop at thrift stores for a fraction of the price. This doesn’t mean that I’m against name brand clothes though, I’ve found tons of brands like Tommy Hilfiger, American Eagle, Converse, Nike, etc. at thrift stores. Then, on top of the dirt cheap prices, they almost always have some type of sale going on. Last month I got 2 pairs of Lands’ End jeans and a sweater for $8 because it was buy one get two free. Thrift stores aren’t just clothes too. They have furniture, shoes, appliances, books, music, rugs, and so much more. These are really good for when you want to redecorate your room, but you just don’t have the budget to do it. Then on top of everything good about thrifting, most the store’s profits go to charity!
Here are some of my favorite tips for when you go thrift shopping. First, thrift stores don’t have mannequins with a specific outfit on it and the clothes for the outfit sitting right next to it. You have to take the time to look through the racks of clothing, but if you don’t feel like doing all of that (like me), just do what I do. I go into the store with some type of style or aesthetic for what I’m looking for, so when you’re looking through the racks you can look for colors, patterns, texture, etc. This helps a lot and saves me a lot of time. Second, you should know that the store probably isn’t going to have your size in everything that you find, since there’s only one of each thing. When I’m looking for clothes I try and keep an open mind when it comes to size because you can always crop it or make your own adjustments when you get home, which is one of my favorite parts. This way you can make the clothing unique with your own style. Lastly, you always want to go with a friend or someone because it can get boring looking through racks and racks of clothing. Going with friends is always fun, and you can style outfits together and come up with new looks. Overall, going thrifting is so much fun and you should try it! It’s not like they’re going to run out of used clothes, and new things are donated everyday. You never know what treasures you are going to find.