Thrifting for Gold: BC Students and Clothes Thrifting



Shopping for clothes at thrift stores has become increasingly popular among teens and young adults, with many students reporting it being a fun activity and much more affordable than shopping in other stores.

Jessica Arnold, Video Manager

Bridgewater, Va. –  In recent years, it has become increasingly more popular for people to head to thrift stores to shop for clothes with their friends instead of going to the mall, and some Bridgewater College students have shared their experiences with the activity.

Thrifting is a more affordable and sustainable option than buying new, which is a large reason for its popularity.

“Thrifting clothes is a lot less inexpensive than just going to a store and buying name brand clothes,” said senior Beth Gaver. “It’s like a fun little scavenger hunt.”

Not only do students find thrifting more affordable, but for many, the hunt for the perfect item is part of the appeal. 

It’s fun and cheaper,” said sophomore Erin McDaniels. “I have friends that thrift too.”

Goodwill and Plato’s Closet were both suggested by Gaver and McDaniels as good places in the area to thrift for clothing, along with Mercy House and Freedom House. 

Many thrifters can recall the specific item that was their best find. 

“Something notable that I found was like 8 years ago,” said sophomore Elizabeth Melton. “I got a pair of mom jeans that didn’t fit at the time, but I’ve been able to wear them for like 6 years.”

For some, their best thrifted item is an all-time favorite piece. 

“I found one of my favorite sweaters and a pair of combat boots,” said McDaniels. 

As stores in malls continue to close up shop and people’s interest in becoming more eco-friendly continues to rise, more may turn to their local thrift stores when they want to freshen up their wardrobes.

I love thrifting,” said Melton. “I think it’s fun to go through and find fun things that you wouldn’t typically see at other stores”