Thrift Stores

A great way to save money is by shopping at your local thrift stores.  However, some people may turn up their noses at the very idea of wearing someone else’s clothes.  The term “thrift store” may leave a nasty taste in your mouth if you’re one of “those people.”  This is more of a stereo typical attitude, which gives unique second hand stores, a bad rap! :cry:

Thrift stores have come a long way and some are now considered “trendy.”  Don’t get me wrong, not all of these stores are made equal!  There are some that are behind the times, but many contemporary stores are popping up.  We all know that Goodwill and the Salvation Army have helped many folks over the decades.  But, there are a few new contenders in town!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

These new arrivals are:

Plato’s Closet: This store caters to a younger crowd for both girls and guys.  They buy designer clothing that has been in stores for 1 to 1-1/2 years.  They have become so popular, that they even offer franchise options in many states.

Clothes Mentor: This store operates much the same way, but is geared more toward women, not so much teenagers.  You can find size 0-26 and maternity clothing as well.  They accept designer brands and offer franchising too with many locations nationwide.

Top 6 Reasons to Shop at Thrift Stores:

  1. Eclectic Pieces
  2. Affordable Prices
  3. New Merchandise Daily
  4. Mix and Match Options
  5. Large Variety
  6. Make Money by Donating

Whatever the reason may be, make sure you really give these shops a go!  They are not only cost-effective, but you can have creative license designing your own looks.  Make sure you support stores like these, as they truly represent “Thrifty Shopping.”

~ Nikki, Fashion Editor


  1. I personally am picky with buying other people’s clothing – but I don’t consider myself one of those people that thinks thrift stores are gross. I actually have sold several articles of clothing at Plato’s closet.

    Like you’ve stated – they have become popular. The few times I went to sell clothing at Plato’s, there were more than a few teens shopping.

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