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The Shift In Thrift

Macklemore was right when he said one man's trash is another man's come up.

PC: McKenzie Campbell

I remember when there was a time when I’d sift through used clothes and shoes, analyzing a fabric’s brand and condition, trying to find the best deal I could.

There was always something exilierting about going into a store with the possibility of finding a one-of-a-kind piece, or something so vintage that someone was last seen wearing the item a good 30 years ago.

I used to go to a thrift store maybe 3 to 4 times a week, with no clear idea of what I wanted to buy. I’d enter, greet the workers like I had known them for years, and minutes would turn into hours.

I’d spend just enough time to find outfits that would cover me for the coming month.

Then COVID-19 hit. Stores were shut down. People stayed inside with nowhere to go.

The lights dimmed, and the thrift store lost its magic.

At least, that’s what I thought.

With COVID-19 restrictions in place, online thriftshopping is booming. Apps like Poshmark, Depop, and thredUP are becoming the new norm for thrifters. These apps allow users to buy and sell second hand, or even new, clothing, shoes, accessories, handbags… You name it, they have it.