When it comes to Thrift Store shopping, some would say it’s a buyers world. You may not always leave with what you came in looking for in the first place, but chances are you won’t leave empty handed and your find may be one of a kind. Thrift store shopping is for anyone with the gumption to walk in the store and dig, but for college kids it’s often times the perfect opportunity to find something neat without breaking the bank.
Sometimes on campus it’s easy to pick out a thrift store junkie and other times you’d be surprised, but on the subject of best finds, favorite stores, and the frugality of it all, I talked to the adventurous bargaining pair of Alex Dapp and Christie Thomason. The young ladies are both sophomores at UMKC. Dapp is studying Communications and Thomason is studying Art Education. They both had there favorite stories to share of triumphant ordeals at the racks and in the bins.
What is your favorite store and where is it located? Dapp: City Thrift by far. That’s where I found this vintage Cat Noir poster for only $15. I had been looking for it for almost 2 years. It was so expensive everywhere else. It’s on Wornall and like 78th. Thomason: City Thrift.
What has been your best buy? One time I was in New York at a thrift shop and I found a pair of brand new Juicy Couture heels for only $10. That was amazing. Thomason: My best buy would be a tie between a 35 mm Nikon film camera and a genuine leather studded jacket. My camera was $39 and my jacket was $15!
Why do you like thrift store shopping? Dapp: I like that you never know what you’re going to find. It’s a new experience every time you go. Thomason: I like thrifting because it’s something I’ve done with my mom since I was little, and you can always find stuff for half the price, so for some reasons economical, but mainly I love the aspect of thrift stores compared to department stores. I love the adventure of looking and digging.
What are the cons of thrift store shopping? Dapp: I think sometimes when you go thrifting, you’re more likely to buy random thing that you normally wouldn’t buy just because they’re cheap. Thomason: I would say the only con to thrifting would be poor quality of the items sometimes. But that’s anywhere kind of.
Where do you splurge? Dapp: I definitely hit up Urban Outfitters whenever there’s a good sale going on. Thomason: I splurge at thrift stores sometimes but other than that I’d say Urban is where I splurge when I do go out and shop.
Have you heard the new song Thrift Store by Macklemore? Dapp: Oh my god, I’m obsessed with that song. I laugh every time I listen to it because it’s so true. Thomason: I have not heard of that song.
So perhaps you’ll take into account the words of Macklemore who says “I’ll wear your grand dad’s clothes, I’ll look incredible.” There are plenty of great stores in the area. Goodwill is always a good place to start. Or maybe you’ll check out City Thrift. On a budget? So is Macklemore. “I’m gonna pop some tags, only got 20 dollars in my pocket, I, I, I’m hunting, looking for a come up, this is f***ing awesome.” Like he says, it could be awesome.
Our mannequin is dressed from head to toe in thrift store finds, including her reading material. This could be you. Black ruffle dress: $15.99 at the Arizona Trading Company. Black beaded belt: $2.99 at Goodwill. Silver earrings: $7.99 at the Arizona Trading Company. Purple fringe purse: $6.99 at a used clothing store in Lawrence. Hand painted black scarf from Greece: $1.99 at Goodwill. Purple, red, and green patterned pumps: $5 at Vaughn Trent in Bonner Springs. 1985 National Geographic issue of the Afghan refugee: $1 at A-lotta Stuff on K-32.