The Rise of Thrifting Culture 

On April 20th, there was a thrifting event in Brooklyn which featured over 60+ of vendors selling vintage, Y2K clothing and accessories. There was a collaboration with Collective Focus Hub and Communal Sole Club for a clothing drive where people can donate clothing and shoes. 

The commute to this event is lengthy because of how it is located deep in Brooklyn and the nearest train station to the place is a 10-15 minute walk. Many people tend to buy Early Bird Tickets, which lasts from 11AM to 1pm, for the event in order to ensure that they get access earlier and do not have to wait in line. 

“I arrived at the event at 12:53 PM and bought Early Bird tickets. However, I still had to wait in line because Early Bird ended just before I arrived,” senior Ren Deslouches said.

Each vendor would have a designated spot where they would sell their products. The clothing in the piles would go for around $5 to $10. Meanwhile the clothing in the racks would go for $20 and above.

“Over 500 people attend this event at a minimum, allowing us to have more sales compared to if we just stayed online,” vendor Olumide Oluwale said.

There are some downsides of thrifting in general for both sellers and buyers. For instance, many times a product can be damaged or stolen and it may also be hard to find trendy clothing  considering how it is a long process. Some people choose to not thrift due to such reasons.

“Thrifting for my size is pretty hard because I am on the smaller side so it is hard to find pants that fit me. Often, the clothing is very large no matter what kind of clothing.” senior Maha Nuha said.

Regardless, many people tend to overlook such downsides and continue thrifting. Typically a jacket from a well renowned brand costs hundreds or thousands of dollars, yet thrifting allows people to have access to such clothing for a more affordable price. They are usually of the same quality but it helps people save their money.

“Thrifting influences my personal style a lot since I get all my clothes either from hand me downs or they’re thrifted. The oversized fit also goes with my style,” senior Ren Deslouches said.

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