Thrifting, donating saves from buying costly clothes

Story by Ellison Norton, Staff Writer

Finding ways to enhance your wardrobe as a teenager with little to no money can be difficult, but what if there was a way to find cheap unique clothes? There is, and it might just be right around your block at your local thrift store. 

Thrifting is often overlooked and can provide you with more than you think. Thrift stores have a wide range of options. For instance, Goodwill is on the cheaper side of the spectrum, while Clothes Mentor is higher end and picky with the clothes they take in.  

Mindset is one thing to think about while you start your journey. The rows and rows of clothes can be overwhelming at times. The best advice is to pick the first row that catches your eye, and go one by one through that selection. The best clothes are always buried! 

Don’t be afraid to branch out and grab an article of clothing you’ve never tried before. This is the time and place to take advantage of cheap clothing as you find new ways to express yourself. 

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Along with the affordability thrifting brings, by purchasing from a thrift store you’re doing a lot more than shopping. You’re taking part in environmentally friendly shopping, aided in recycled clothing once worn by a different individual.

It takes a lot for a single shirt to be made. According to, it takes 714 gallons of water to produce a single t-shirt which is enough to hydrate a person for 900 days. Just by spending a few dollars on a new running shirt for your closet, you’ve given yourself the green thumb. 

Depending on where you shop, another positive is that you’re contributing in funding for programs like job training, and placement services for people in need of extra help due to their disabilities. Goodwill is a perfect example of this. With 25 locations in Charlotte, you’re bound to find one in your nearest shopping center. 

Whether or not thrifting is your style, donating clothes is highly recommended. Those clothes you’ve outgrown which are sitting in your closet, have a home waiting for them. Simply donating them to your local thrift store can help out your community immensely. 

Like they say: One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.