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 [...]

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 [...]

Thrifting Tips from the Pros

Thrifting Tips from the Pros

We wrote an article for Shondaland.com about thrifting tips, gleaned from our trips to more than 400 thrift shops coast to coast, as well as observations from other avid thrifters. We meant to link to it two months ago, but it's all timeless, useful information! Here's the link: https://www.shondaland.com/live/style/a29802989/how-to-make-thrift-store-shopping-chic/ Michelle Raven, of Minneapolis, founder of [...]

As Retail Struggles, Plato’s Closet Thrives

As Retail Struggles, Plato’s Closet Thrives

Today’s trend in retail expansion is all about budget stores. While traditional retailers such as Sears and Macy’s are closing stores, the various dollar store chains are expanding rapidly. And so are the chain stores that sell thrifted clothing. The largest clothing resale chain, Winmark, franchises the store brands Clothes Mentor, Style Encore, Once Upon [...]

Even Gettysburg’s Thrift Shop is Historic

Even Gettysburg’s Thrift Shop is Historic

Thrift stores often aren’t located in prime real estate areas. To keep costs down, you may be searching strip malls and back streets for resale shops. But if you’re visiting historic Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, you’ll find the Gettysburg Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop planted directly on Lincoln Square, at the city’s main traffic circle. In front is a [...]