Only got $20 in your pocket? That will buy a lot at one of the 20 local thrift stores in the Central Ohio area. Full of eclectic surprises, thrift stores are a fun place to hunt for cheap, yet trendy clothing, accessories and more.
“I go thrift shopping because now the retro style is coming back. Style is a cycle and thrift shops are the best place to find my style,” sophomore Diana Asta said.
According to Ohio Thrifts website, they carry almost everything. Thrift stores have everything from clothing to household items to jewelry and accessory items to electronics and books and much more.
“I shop at Ohio Thrift a lot. That’s my favorite thrift store,” sophomore Luke Hall said.
Many people wonder where thrift stores get their clothing. Much of it comes from non-profit organizations, liquidators, importers, local manufactures and, of course, individual donations.
Freshman Hawa Tarawally said she donates clothes to the Salvation Army.
“I don’t see a reason why I should throw my clothes away when I could just donate them to people,” she said.
Places, such as Wal-Mart, have bins in their parking lots to collect clothes for local thrift stores. Wal-Mart has a large bin collecting for Goodwill outside their Westerville store.
“We take donation all the time and we have pickup trucks that collect clothing for certain cities if people want to donate,” said Ann Brown, an Ohio Thrift worker.
Do people really save going to thrift stores? Most thrift stores have prices
marked down anywhere from 25 to 80 percent from retail prices according to Ohio Thrifts website.
“Thrifts stores have good prices, especially Ohio Thrift. On the third Wednesday of every month, they even have an additional 50 percent off all everything in the store,” local shopper Chris Bright said.
Senior Kelsey Lance said she saves around $20 a trip, but over a year she likely saves hundreds of dollars. Lance frequently goes to thrift stores two times a month. She said on one occasion, she even found a $100 American Rag jacket for $10.
Ever since the hit song Thrift Shop by Macklemore was released, interest has surged in thrift shopping. According to Billboard Biz, the song sold nearly 200,000 copies in a single week.
Clean out the closet; donate your old clothes to a local thrift store and make room for a new style. If you’re looking for wardrobe updates, why not find the nearest local thrift store and get thrifting?
So Macklemore, can we go thrift shopping?