THRIFTING: $20 IN MY POCKET


THERE ARE A few trends that never go out of style: stripes, trench coats, statement pieces, to name a few. However, since the 60’s, thrift shopping has become one of them; thrifting is becoming an increasingly popular avenue for shopping. To some, thrift shopping is an important economical choice; for others, it’s about its sustainability over the recent surge of fast fashion. We interviewed three Stanford students with three different perspectives; here are their takes on why they choose to thrift.

LILLA PETRUSKA

PULSE: HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE YOUR STYLE?

Lilla: I’d say it’s pretty minimalist, but I really like statement pieces. I have a lot of basics, but I’ve found a lot of fun and colorful pieces in thrift shops. I’d almost say that my style mimics Monica and Rachel from Friends.

P: HOW DID YOU GET INTO THRIFTING?

L: My mom is super resourceful and thrifty, so I’d go with her when I was little. As I grew up, particularly in high school, I had my own job, and I wanted a pragmatic way to find things. Thrift stores are cheap!

P: WHAT KEPT YOU COMING BACK?

L: I really value the environmentally friendly aspect of thrifting. I think I started as a cost-effective way to find cool styles, but after taking AP Environmental Science in high school, I became very aware of the waste in consumerism and the clothing industry. I’ve even started buying non-clothing items from thrift stores, like furniture. I really like that I’m trying not to contribute more to consumerism and supporting a good cause.

P: HOW WOULD YOU SAY THRIFTING SHAPES YOUR STYLE?

L: I think that I have more of a unique style. It may be less “trendy,” but I appreciate this. I like a classic look. I don’t wear everything that I have all the time, but everything that I have, I love.

 

 

 

 

CLARA SPARS

PULSE: HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE YOUR STYLE?

Clara: Someone told me something today that I really liked: “Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz mixed with Frida Kahlo.” I try to mix “bohemian hippie” with “modern, second wave feminist.” A lot of my clothing is thrifted, so I’d preface those with thrift store junkie as well.

P: HOW DID YOU GET INTO THRIFTING?

C: I basically just walked into a thrift store one day, and I just found the pieces more interesting than I did those in a retail store. At first glance, some of the pieces can come off as “old,” or even “ugly,” but I’ve really found that you can do a lot with them.

P: WHAT KEPT YOU COMING BACK?

C: I found that, by thrifting, I could really shape my own unique style, and I’d always have projects. Also, it’s really cheap, which is always a plus.

P: WHAT DO YOU VALUE MOST ABOUT THRIFTING?

C: I really like picking something up and thinking of all the ways you can work with it. Thrifting constantly leaves me with projects.

ELEKOS PRAXIS

PULSE: HOW DO YOU DEFINE YOUR STYLE?

Elekos: I’d say it’s something like “Tony Hawk meets Donald Glover.” Sometimes I have an old man aesthetic.

P: OLD MAN AESTHETIC? PLEASE ELABORATE.

E: I like patterns on patterns, and that kind of just reminds me of spunky old men.

P: HOW DID YOU GET INTO THRIFTING?

E: I’ve been thrifting since I was a child, primarily due to financial necessity. As I grew up, I discovered some really incredible thrift stores in Austin with really cool pieces. There’s one called “Monkey’s Vintage and Thrift”--that’s one of my favorites.

P: WHAT DO YOU VALUE MOST ABOUT THRIFTING?

E: It’s super cheap. That’s important to me. I also really appreciate stepping away from a capitalist economy and not constantly buying into consumerism.

P: HOW HAS THRIFTING SHAPED YOUR STYLE?

E: Honestly, I’m not sure. I don’t think about it too much. I wear what I like, and I can find a lot of it thrifting.

 

By: Jeyla Aranjo

Photography by: Chloe Peterson

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