Thrifting: Simply Stealing or Just Saving?


Sydney Swanson

Leah Hutt (’24) likes to go thrifting and found this gem of a jacket for a great price.

Thrifting, the act of shopping at second-hand stores, does not hold the same stigma it once did. More people than ever before are using these stores as a way to get cheaper items, including clothes. Many members of Generation Z find thrift shopping a hobby, as well as buying resale items and furniture. Many do this for entertainment, but what many do not consider is that this may lead to issues regarding the community. 

If someone who does not necessarily need to save on clothes buys all of the top quality things from second-hand stores, this can prevent people who really need the items to provide for themselves. This is being taken into account in modern times, because of how popularized thrifting is. In addition, most of the clothes that are in a more rough shape tend to not be bought, leaving the “leftovers” to those who are less fortunate. 

However, this act of purchasing items second-hand can also contribute to the community, by giving back. Many avid thrifters buy and then give again, as well as ensuring that they wear what they buy, or not letting the fabric go to waste. 

“I thrift because it’s exciting to see what I can find,” Ollie Miller (11′) said. “and I love the supportive community and creativity it brings.”

Along with the essential buying and selling, a trend or community has formed with the concept of thrifting. Mainly popularized by the social media platform TikTok and Twitter, many people have come together to discuss how it impacts the local community, and how it impacts poverty in their area.

In thrift culture, a “steal” is when one gets expensive items resold for an outrageously low price. This includes items on clearance, and items that are designer.

All in all, shifting can be a fun hobby if done responsibly and safely.