Details for Why are thrift stores so great?

-By Andy McDonald

Thrift stores help the community.

Not only are many of these establishments run by charitable organizations like ARC and Housing Works, but by offering goods at a reduced price, it’s an affordable option for low-income households. Plus, there are thrift shops out there pulling double duty and using their retail platform to provide other much-needed services to the community. Such is the case in Dallas, Tex., where the Out Of The Closet Thrift Store operated by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation offers free HIV tests to customers. Shopping at these stores keeps them in business and keeps these important services going. But also...

Thrift stores keep more out of landfills.

Obviously, the very idea of a secondhand store is eco-friendly. Thrift stores are like humanity’s hand-me-downs. That 7-Up logo tee can theoretically be worn forever, or at least until the threads are literally worn through. Someone scratches your back, you scratch someone else’s back and so on and so on.

You might make some friends with similar interests.

If you like certain clothes, jewelry, records, furniture, electronics, etc., you’ll likely run into people who have similar collecting hobbies and perhaps even gain a lead or two on things you’re looking for. Granted, some of those people may be a little weird, but that’s part of the fun and adventure of thrifting. Anyway, aren’t we all a little weird?

Thrift stores transport you to another time.

Like when California still hadn’t decided if it was an island or not.

They make you appreciate how far technology has come.

We’re talking big, bulky CRT computer monitors, CD Walkmans, original Playstations (all possibly caked in something sticky) — and those are all from more modern items. Be thankful you don’t live in a time when calculators looked like this...

You can create your own style.

And you can do it using the past styles of so many others. We’re not here to judge the bowling alley computer you have in your living room. Hey, just do you.

You never know what you’ll find.

There’s something about entering a thrift shop that is just packed with potential. If a great time for you is dropping into a store of once-owned goods with no idea what you’re looking for, then the thrift shop is it. Endless possibilities and endless questions. Who owned this before? WHY? What the hell is this? Is this amazing or is this awful?

No shortage of costume fodder!

The thrift store is the place for nearly any costume party you might be attending. An old guy in a tracksuit? Follow us to the tracksuits and fake mustaches. A hobo princess? Dresses, skirts, and tweed jackets are this way. Chicken suit? Too easy...

Ugly Christmas sweater party?

Welcome to the promised land.

Always good if you’re running low on t-shirts.

You can’t be super picky. But if a tee fits perfectly and you don’t mind that it says “Bob’s 1st Annual Beer Bowling and Barbecue Blast,” then, my friend, you’ve come to the right place. Maybe you’re not “On A Boat” now, but there’s a good chance you will be on a boat again in the future.

They’re the best place to go if you’re moving into a new house or apartment.

Young people everywhere know the feeling of moving into a new place and realizing on the first night that you don’t actually own a single fork or plate to eat with. Well, thrift stores are a great place to find dishes and cookware that has already withstood the test of time but is also totally affordable. How about a 60-piece set for 10 bucks?

Thrift stores are great if you’re a collector.

Books, games, records, mugs, speak ‘n’ spells, electronic dartboards, scarfs, rings, t-shirts, generic paintings, laserdiscs, boom boxes, VHS movies, ceramic figurines, ties. Where else could you even find these things? Again, no judgment here. 

Visit Mission of the Messiah today, find great products at the best price. Shop in our store for clothing, household items, furniture and more!

We seek to provide help and hope to all through compassionate service and outreach! 

Mission of the Messiah

2450 Transit Ave.

Sioux City, Iowa

(712) 224-2803


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