Thrifting Trash or Treasures?

Serena Erickson, Staff Writer

Many people around the world today participate in thrifting by either buying thrifted clothes, or donating items that are still remaining in good condition, which can be sold for other people to own, however, some people participate in both. Some popular thrift stores include Goodwill, The Salvation Army Thrift Store & Donation Center and Assistance League Resale. 

“My favorite is Hope of the Valley, it’s in Canyon Country, but I love thrifting anywhere, mainly when I travel I try to thrift,” said Ella DelHoyo, a current senior at Hart High School who often goes thrifting.

According to Time Magazine, “In an earlier era nothing went to waste. ‘If you had a dress and it got worn out, you’d tear it up and make a pinafore for your daughter, and when that got trashed, you’d tear it up and stuff your chair with it,’ explains historian Jennifer Le Zotte, author of From Goodwill to Grunge: A History of Secondhand Styles and Alternative Economies.”

For DelHoyo, a typical thrifting trip will take about two and a half hours approximately shopping at her regular thrift store location. However, this is not the case for other people. For other people, they take longer or shorter depending on the shoppers’ time limit constraints, amount of enjoying shopping or anything else for that matter.

“Finding cool trinkets and decorations is also awesome, I will definitely continue thrifting throughout my whole life,” Ella DelHoyo said.