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Thrifting Is Changing the Fashion Industry

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By: Kendyl Hardy | October 25, 2021

If you are interested in updating your closet, but do not have the money to spend $20 on a pair of jeans, then your next option is to thrift your clothes.

Thrifting, or buying lightly used clothes at a low price, has gained mainstream popularity in recent years. Having the ability to buy nice clothes at a fraction of the original cost is important, especially with college students struggling with student loans.

One fantastic thrift store in Albany is Acacia’s Basement, a locally black-owned store on S. Pearl St. in Albany. This store has a bargain for everyone, although it mainly carries women's clothing.

Another locally owned thrift store is Great Finds on Washington Ave. This store has something for every woman interested in vintage clothing from the latter half of the 1900s. They sell everything from shoes, bags, dresses, and even some household appliances. It is more on the expensive side, but vintage clothes tend to be priced higher.

The Closet Shop on Delaware Avenue is a thrift store that constantly has sales on their already low prices. They sell designer clothes and accessories that any college student can afford.

There are some chain thrift stores that require attention as well. Plato’s Closet is a fantastic thrift store with a wide selection of pieces. If second-hand clothing is not your thing, Plato’s Closet also carries many brand new items with their original tags still attached. These include many high-end brands such as Michael Kors, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton at a fraction of its original price.

Goodwill is another chain thrift store that carries great pieces of clothing. However, most of their clothing is from stores like Loft, including clothes that would be a great option for interviews and more.

Not only is thrifting inexpensive, but it helps the environment as well. Thrift stores allow people to sell their clothes and give them a new life, which means that these clothes don’t go into landfills.

If you are interested in consignment, you can go to any of these stores and more around Albany and sell clothes to them for some quick money, as long as they are gently used and stainless.


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