- 9:13 am - Fri, Feb 24, 2012
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In Toronto, several people who work together in a group known as “The Art of Reuse” open up pop-up thrift shops in different locations every six months or so, selling merchandise — many items one-of-a-kind — they’ve handpicked (or “curated,” as they say) from thrift stores around metro Toronto.
The group aims to “re-invent thrift shopping and the connotation it comes with, whether that be negative or positive,” by creating “well-branded, aesthetically pleasing” shopping environments with merchandise priced at $50 or less.
The temporary stores are “meant to cater to both the fashion conscious and the frugal customer alike.”
In The Globe and Mail, Katharine Scarrow reports:
“It’s never been about generating cash quickly, but raising awareness about thrifting and teaching people about sustainability,” says [group member] Courtney [Eastman].
In the six months leading up to [a store opening], the group spends four to five days a week, fanning to three to four shops a day, scouring each one for roughly an hour at a time. That’s roughly 480 hours of picking (and ultimately ditching) piles of clothes and accessories leading up to the main event.
More: In Pictures: Pop-up thrift shop draws a stylish crowd - The Globe and Mail
- 6:22 am - Sat, Jun 4, 2011
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“Designer Jessi Arrington packed nothing for TED but 7 pairs of undies, buying the rest of her clothes in thrift stores around LA. It’s a meditation on conscious consumption — wrapped in a rainbow of color and creativity.”
Editor’s note: At the end of Jessi’s week-long stay in southern California, she donated the locally purchased clothes to area organizations. Among the general points she conveys are: 1) people don’t need to buy or wear new clothes, or spend a lot of money on them, and 2) people don’t need to get emotionally attached to things.
- 3:48 pm - Thu, Apr 28, 2011
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Two [Brown University] undergraduates have teamed up to create Brown’s first student-run thrift store, providing an outlet for students to donate, exchange and buy used goods. The Vault, which opened two weeks ago, was started by Hannah Winkler ‘13 and Tara Noble ‘12.5 in the hopes of providing various environmentally friendly ways for the community to handle unwanted items.
There are three components to the Vault — a thrift store, an item exchange and a workshop. The thrift store currently sells clothes, jewelry, books and other accessories donated by students, and Winkler said she also hopes to offer housewares in the future. For the item exchange, Brown students can bring in their unwanted clothing or other items to receive store credit for other goods in the thrift store.
The Vault is also unique in that it offers various workshops that align with Winkler and Noble’s goal of upcycling, a process that converts old or useless materials into items that have more value and a positive environmental impact.
The Vault offered a T-shirt workshop Monday in Salomon, where students could bring in used clothing and upcycle them into other items, such as bags or wristbands. Noble said other workshops are also planned for the future, on papermaking, repair-and-mending and seasonal workshops.
Would love to see student-entrepreneurs launch similar ventures on or near other college campuses.
- 12:59 pm - Fri, Mar 11, 2011
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SUBMISSION: The yarn I’m using to knit my sweater. Before I dyed it, but after I unraveled it from the old thrift store sweater it once was.
Organized neatly under feline supervision, of course.
Yarn reuse — it’s Unconsumption, via the awesome Things Organized Neatly Tumblr! [Bonus: Sweet cat pic!]
- 10:32 am - Thu, Aug 19, 2010
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Got this whole lot for a grand total of $2.11! Looking forward to using them all to hold goodies for a party I am throwing next weekend.
This is great — and a good riff off the shopping haul video trend:
The Salvation Army is encouraging thrift store shoppers to post their finds (example featured above) on its Tumblr site, Salvation Army Thrift Store Gold: http://sathriftstoregold.tumblr.com.
Perhaps the site will help to inspire some people to visit thrift stores and/or to make donations of goods or money to The Salvation Army or other non-profit organizations. Whatever action takes place, I like the idea of the site.
[Note: I (Molly) reblogged this photo from The Salvation Army’s Tumblr which could be the reason why it’s showing up here as “posted by Lisa” with a tag of “submission” automatically appended to it.]
- 4:37 pm - Wed, Jun 23, 2010
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365 Dresses, 365 Days, $365 — Earth911.com
Armed with a vision, serious sewing know-how, and an optimistic “make it work” outlook, Gen Y-er Marisa Lynch (pictured above) has passed the halfway point toward her goal of creating a new clothing item (from an old one) each day, at a cost of only $1 per day (excluding labor), for an entire year. Marisa is chronicling her trash-to-treasure experiences at New Dress A Day, and on Facebook and Twitter (@newdressaday).
Photo caption, via Earth911:
Lynch models her favorite dress from Day 77, a short dress that started as a a two-piece frock that screamed “Little House on the Prairie.”
- 11:56 am - Wed, May 12, 2010
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Score! is part swap meet, part Brooklyn loft party, and part free shopping spree. It all began last spring when Jennifer Lyon and Jenny Gottstein were cleaning out their offices at BKLYN YARD. They were left with a lot of usable things they no longer wanted or needed which led to the idea for Score! Instead of throwing things away, a venue is chosen, a professional industry curator organizes the best stuff, and people can trade things they never use for something they’ve always wanted, like a Homer Simpson wine opener. At the end of the event, whatever hasn’t found a new home is donated to charity.
Start cleaning out your closet, the next swap is coming up on May 29th at BKLYN YARD.
- 2:57 pm - Mon, Jun 1, 2009
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For the Greenest Office, Buy Vintage. Buy Thrift. Recycle.
With all the hubbub about green products, the point that everyone seems to miss is that the greenest move of all is to buy used stuff. Variously called “vintage,” “thrift,” or “second hand,” its updated name might simply be Cradle-to-Curb-to-Cradle. Stylewise, there doesn’t have to be any trade-offs, as this clever new office redesign by I29, a young architecture firm, proves. All of the pieces were sourced from local flea markets in Amsterdam; they were then given a contemporary, oh-so-Dutch look using with environmentally friendly spray paint. The design fits the client—an ad agency called Gummo—pretty well…
(read the rest on Fast Company)