Thrift Stores and Religion Have a History

Thrift Stores and Religion Have a History

Ever since the Salvation Army’s “salvage brigade” was launched in 1897, with scavengers of used clothes receiving lodging and food, religion has played a leading role in the re-use industry. Historian Jennifer Le Zotte has detailed this connection in her 2017 book, From Goodwill to Grunge: A History of Secondhand Styles and Alternative Economies. Another [...]

Free Clothes Swap!

Free Clothes Swap!

What could be better than free clothes? Free clothes plus an opportunity to clean out your own closet, that's what. The first-ever clothes swap sponsored by the Palm Springs Cultural Center took place on Leap Day, Feb. 29, as a pop-up event adjacent to the regular Saturday morning certified farmer's market. The swap was the [...]

The Re-Use Revolution

The Re-Use Revolution

Ever since we began researching clothing re-use for our book ThriftStyle, we have been heartened to see thrifting move from the fringes into a true movement. This week brings the momentous news that the luxury department store Nordstrom, which has 379 stores in 40 states, will begin selling used clothing online and in its new [...]