Thrift trends are sweeping the nation. Hippies and hipsters alike spend hours picking through massive bins and swiping through racks of cheap, eccentric clothing faster than they swipe through people on Tinder. Many of my peers, including myself, get a shopper’s high flitting through racks on racks of color-coded sweaters — most of which are older than we are. The endless aisles of clothing contain eclectic, one-of-a-kind gems that have all been previously owned, come with a story and, sometimes, a questionably musty smell.
In the past, thrifting garnered a negative reputation among members of older generations for being an alternative for people who can’t afford brand names. But, somewhere along the fashion lines, it became trendy to wear other people’s used clothing. In recent years, thrifting has become not only a hobby but, for many, a lifestyle. Young people don’t just desire thrift-store looks but also the experience of a never-ending treasure hunt. Thrifting websites and apps like Poshmark and Depop even help people sell their clothes virtually.
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