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Start building a sustainable wardrobe through thrifting

Gerald Dizon –

February 20, 2023 | 2:10pm

MANILA, Philippines — In a world of expensive everything—onions, oil, monthly bills, groceries and heck even your favorite fast food meal, what then is the last bastion of value shopping one can cling to? Well, one word: ukay-ukay.

Need to assemble an entire office wardrobe for cheap? On a desperate hunt for last-minute ensemble to some formal gathering? Or simply want to upgrade your closet for everyday wear? Ukay-ukay, more fondly nicknamed “ukay” by many, provides you with all manner of apparel that you need.

Thrifting is fashionable and sustainable

A phenomenon emerging from the eighties, stemming from an excess of humanitarian goods for calamity-stricken communities, the sale of and shopping for ukay-ukay (from the word “halukay” meaning “to dig”) quickly became prominent first in Cebu and Baguio, and eventually across the country over time.

Funnily enough, the craze has spread not only among regular Pinoys but also among celebrities.

Ukay-ukay is also known to come from a variety of sources, from the then excess donations from affluent countries, to the now more notorious company overruns and out-of-season discards from various retail giants abroad.

For the fast fashion industry, specifically, these excesses are grossly mishandled. They eventually end up in landfills that pollute the environment, causing harm not only to the planet but also to both human and wildlife with lasting effect.

It is in this regard that thrifting in the form of ukay-ukay, while not a wholesale solution to the fast fashion problem, is an important way to instead advocate for sustainable fashion. Acquire, not purchase; upcycle or recycle—these are the way.

Where to shop your ukay haul online

From humble, single-stall shops in your local plaza during weekend or

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Surge in secondhand shopping benefits Sonoma County thrift stores and big online sites

Harry’s Second Hand Antique Warehouse — 820 Ripley St., Santa Rosa

Intrepid Thrift Stores — (multiple locations in Santa Rosa)

— 3403 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa

— 2750 4th St., Santa Rosa

— 501 4th St., Santa Rosa

Flipside Thrift — 6591 Commerce Blvd., Rohnert Park

Goodwill Redwood Empire (multiple locations in Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park, Petaluma, Windsor, Sebastopol and Healdsburg)

— 651 Yolanda Ave., Santa Rosa

— 1300 Fourth St., Santa Rosa

— 3535 Industrial Drive, Santa Rosa

— 476 Rohnert Park Expressway W., Rohnert Park

— 141 N. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma

— 1000 Lakeville St., Petaluma

— 6450 Hembree Lane, Windsor

— 6826 Sebastopol Ave., Sebastopol

— 513 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg

Welfare League Thrift Shop — 126 Fourth St., Santa Rosa

Assistance League Thrift Shop — 5 W Sixth St., Santa Rosa

Heavenly Treasures Gift & Thrift — 576 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa

Pick of the Litter — 1701 Piner Road, Santa Rosa

Redwood Gospel Mission Thrift Store — 1821 Piner Road, Santa Rosa

Sutter Hopsice Thrift Store — 3209 Cleveland Ave, Santa Rosa; 748 Gravenstein Highway North, Sebastopol

The Salvation Army Thrift Store (multiple locations in Santa Rosa, Petaluma, and Sonoma)

— 1020 Third St., Santa Rosa

— 93 Stony Circle, Santa Rosa

— 160 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa

— 721 McDowell Blvd., Petaluma

— 569 Fifth St W., Sonoma

Habitat for Humanity ReStore (multiple locations in Santa Rosa)

— 24 Tenth St., Santa Rosa

— 1201 Piner Road, Santa Rosa

Melvintage Thrifts — 1400 Guerneville Road, Santa Rosa

Treasure House — 3450 Airway Drive, Unit E, Santa Rosa

Sacks Hospice Thrift Store — 128 Liberty St., Petaluma

Alphabet Soup Thrift Stores — 203 & 217 Western Ave., Petaluma

The Thrifty Hippy — 218 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma

Bon Marche Thrift Store — 19405 Riverside

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Best Thrift Stores in Minnesota That Aren’t Goodwill

Thrifting has become so popular recently and for a good reason because the clothing industry is the 2nd biggest polluter of our world. But what if you are looking for more places to check out other than Goodwill? Well, I got you, here are some of Minnesota’s hidden gem thrift stores. The majority of these places are thrift stores you can also donate to, or our non-profits because giving back is important, especially now.

Common Closet Thrift Store, Wabasha

According to, Common Closet Thrift Store was “recently voted ‘Best Thrift Shop in Minnesota.’” The store takes a wide range of items, resells them to the community at a low cost, then regularly donates proceeds to local charities. Located at 154 Pembroke Ave, Wabasha, MN.

Prop Shop, Edina

Don’t let the name fool you, this non-profit is another great place to not only shop second-hand but to donate as well! Located at 15199, 15195 Martin Dr, Eden Prairie, MN, 55344.

Repair Lair, Minneapolis

I wanted to add this place here because of its unique offer. Repair Lair “Not only [repairs] gear and outdoor clothing, they consign and resell it.” Located at 3304 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406, this is a place for all Minnesotans to go check out! We all know how much outdoor gear is, so why not let Repair Lair fix your gear or shop from them?

Common Goods, Baxter and Crosslake

As stated on their website, “Common Goods is a trendy thrift store for the community-minded shopper, owned by Bridges of Hope. Common Goods offers high-quality goods at reasonable prices.” Common Goods makes it clear that they want to help keep items out of landfills and help those in the community. Located in Baxter, Crosby, and Crosslake.

Family Pathways, Forest

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People Are Calling A Depop Seller “A Bad Person” After She Posted A Haul Of The Thrift Store Finds She Planned To Sell

Graphic of a person made of money in a thrift store.

Olive Burd for BuzzFeed News.

A vintage-clothing seller has become the center of outrage and debate about thrift stores and reselling secondhand clothes after posting a now-viral shopping haul on TikTok.

Jack (@jbwells2 on TikTok) runs her store Jack’s Vintage on the secondhand fashion app Depop. She posted a video on Jan. 24 where she tries on a variety of thrifted clothes, modeling skirts and jackets that she would later post to her online store. “This right here is the best thrift haul you will ever see,” she says, holding up a large bag overflowing with clothes.

Under the video, which has 5.8 million views as of Wednesday, TikTok commenters have been lambasting Jack for marking up and reselling the clothes — particularly a long fur-lined coat for $175 and a quilt-patterned skirt for $35 that one person found new on Amazon for $45.

Top searches for Jack’s username on TikTok include “jbwells controversy” and “jbwells is a bad person,” as some users compared her and other resellers to developers who buy buildings in lower-income neighborhoods and push out residents.

“i can’t explain it but girlies who resell on depop for a living give mini landlord energy,” one said. “Most of these girls are bulk buying in low income areas thinking they can turn a profit but ruin the way the thrift stores charge clothing,” another tweeted.

Inflated pricing on secondhand-shopping platforms like Depop and IRL vintage stores has received increasing scrutiny as more people online claim the practice of buying in bulk and selling at double or more the price is inherently unethical.

But Venetia La Manna, a fair fashion campaigner who was featured in an expository documentary about Shein, told BuzzFeed News that the main issue is big fast-fashion corporations, not individual sellers, calling

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Vacaville’s Opportunity House Thrift Store to close

The nonprofit says it’s spending $20,000 a month to keep the doors open and the choice to close the more than 20-year-old store was a hard one.

VACAVILLE, Calif. — The Opportunity House Thrift Store Vacaville location is set to close due to low profits and high maintenance costs, according to the nonprofit that operates it.

Vacaville Solano Services Corporation (VSSC) announced the closing Wednesday, though didn’t specify a timeline for when exactly the doors would shut at 107 Peabody Rd.

“COVID shifted shopping patterns by decreasing sales and raising staffing costs,” said Michelle Strand, VSSC Board President, in a statement. “This unforeseen and unexpected shift resulted in the thrift store operating at a loss and contributed to draining VSSC reserves.”

The nonprofit says it’s spending $20,000 a month to keep the doors open, and the choice to close the more than 20-year-old store was a hard one.

“This has been an agonizing decision for the board, but it is necessary to protect VSSC’s mission,” said Strand. “The ability to provide high-quality support services and programs to help people attain self-sufficiency has always been, and will continue to be, our priority.”

The store, in its two decades, made enough money to build and maintain the Opportunity House homeless shelter on Bennett Hill Court for the past 10 years, according to VSSC. The building was later bought by a private investor in 2020, giving VSSC some financial safety net while they leased the location.

The nonprofit gets funding through grants, donations and their thrift stores, but the Vacaville location has to come to an end to keep other services.

“It comes down to the simple fact that we won’t take from our residents and community members in need to offer a retail shopping experience,” said Colleen Berumen, VSSC Executive

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Crystal Thrift Store Sees Surge in Secondhand Shoppers

4:18 PM | Wednesday, July 27, 2022

A thrift store in Crystal says business has been steady since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Business has picked up even more as the price of groceries and gas has surged over the past year.

Shoppers at the Bibles For Missions Thrift Center in Crystal tell CCX News they are used to pinching pennies.

“We’ve always kind of gone to thrift stores a lot, but we do it a lot more now because we’ve always found the value in thrift stores anyway,” said customer David Rudquist.

Some customers say the economy has shifted how they shop.

“It’s changed drastically because you can get good quality stuff for lower prices at a thrift store,” said customer Samuel Liggions. “I’ve gotten $385 suits here for $5.99 with the tags still on them.”


The Bibles For Missions Thrift Center  was busy Wednesday morning with customers looking for deals.

Bibles for Missions Thrift Center has been in business for 25 years. It had built a loyal customer base before the pandemic. But donations and revenue at the store jumped post-COVID.

“So, basically 50 percent in two years. Between COVID and the economy and everything that’s going on, it’s been very much of an increase,” said Ronn Kreps with Bibles for Missions Thrift Center.

About 300 people come through the doors each day. Many of them are first-time customers.

Volunteers run the shop. Store officials say they don’t have enough people to extend store hours. So, for the time being, they will try to keep up with the demand.

“Something about thrifting post COVID really caught on,” said Kreps.


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Inflation has Baton Rouge consumers, stores reeling; ‘it’s just almost like a perfect storm’ | Business

Thrift stores have been close to Alecia McCray’s heart since she was a teenager. But with prices climbing for just about everything, McCray has found herself venturing into them more often these days.

McCray, a 30-year-old florist from Baton Rouge, spent early Friday afternoon wandering up and down the aisles of Our Hope Thrift Store, located on Goodwood Boulevard. She perused clothes, knick knacks and whatever other treasures she could find.

McCray said she tries to keep a mental note of her weekly spending. Going to thrift stores helps with her mission.

“Buying things retail right now is just like throwing your money away,” McCray said.

With no end to rising prices in sight, Baton Rouge residents like McCray are tightening their belts by shopping for cheaper options wherever possible. They’re also leaning more on the region’s network of charitable organizations, which say they’re facing their own issues as demand for their services keeps climbing.

“Certainly, over the course of the pandemic, we’ve been busy, but over the course of the last two months, there are numbers that we haven’t seen in quite a while,” said Michael Acaldo, president and CEO of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Baton Rouge charitable organization.

Thrifty times

Thrift stores, known for vintage selections at a fraction of their original price, are an easy first stop for customers looking to save some cash.

Mary Alexander, a 56-year-old UPS worker, said she has been going to thrift stores more than usual.

“I always check here first before I even go to Amazon or pay retail,” she said. “I’m more likely to find it at the thrift store.”

Alexander said she’s also checking as many stores as possible for sales, particularly meat or vegetables.

“I’m not a rich person,” she joked. “I’ve always known

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What Valuables Should I Look For at Thrift Stores?

If you’ve ever visited a thrift store, chances are you either loved it or hated it. Perhaps you’ve visited a thrift store with a menagerie of dust-covered objects from decades past or items that are so well-worn you wonder why they weren’t just thrown out. Or maybe the thrift stores you’re used to are more organized and carefully curated.

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One thing’s for sure: When you visit a thrift store, you must have the patience (and knowledge) to sift through lots of items to uncover a gem. The question is: What makes a thrift store find valuable?

“The reasoning of why these items are a good investment depends on when something is trending,” said Brynn Wren, a retiree who visits thrift stores, garage sales and estate sales to find collectibles for cheap and then resells them for a profit on eBay.

“For example, collector plates were once worth a lot, but even (though) they are older now, there is little interest and they aren’t worth much,” Wrenn said. “The items that hold the most value will often hold high sentimental value to people, especially if the item is from their childhood.

For example, Furbies are now starting to become more valuable as millennials age and they become sentimental about their childhood. Vintage teacups used to hold lots of value; but, as the generation that grew up with them dies off, they don’t hold the same value.

Basically, knowing when to sell or hold onto an item will also dictate its value, in addition to its rarity, so check out what’s selling on eBay regularly — or wherever you plan on selling your items.”

Here are some of the items

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