Hey Macklemore, Can We Go Thrift Shopping?

Thrift Shopping Big Business


Elizabeth Goetz

Of the many trends taking over Gen-Z, one that has stuck around longer than usual is thrifting. Baggy mom jeans and knit cardigans seem to be the new style around CHS. With the argument that thrifting is much better for the environment than buying from stores categorizing as the newly popularized term “fast fashion,” the question arises: is thrifting the best option for buying new clothes? 

On the surface, thrifting seems like the perfect solution to help our environment. With the considerable amount of pollution that the fashion industry creates, reducing consumer demand will lead to less production and less pollution. However, the argument against shopping at second-hand stores like Goodwill or the Salvation Army may sway your opinion.

Many of the thrift shops growing in popularity are the same stores that families in need can shop for affordable clothing. These stores can sometimes be the only option for families needing school clothes, winter coats, or shoes. However, as you probably learned in Mr. Mowry’s Economics class, a rise in demand will almost certainly lead to an increase in prices, eliminating resources for those that need them most. 

Overall, thrifters must avoid taking advantage of low prices and understand the factors that can lead to the destruction of available resources for those that need them. If we can do this while also maintaining an open-mindset towards purchasing second-hand clothing, not only will our environment be happy, but as will the people around us.