Thrifting, or shopping for used and vintage clothing, has gained popularity in recent years; Creighton students are no exception to this trend. According to Creighton students, here are some of the top places in Omaha for thrifting excursions.
The fan favorite for many is called Thrift World, located at 2901 St. Mary’s Ave. Thrift World provides a variety of clothing, decor, furniture and electronics.
Jackson Strombeck, a sophomore in the Heider College of Business, is a big fan of Thrift World. “You never know what you’ll find there,” Strombeck said.
“Last semester, my roommates and I found a pullout couch for $30, and we still use it to this day; it’s a great couch.”
Another popular option is the Imaginarium SuperStore, located at 801 S. 16th Street. While this location has less clothing, it provides more antiques and collectibles. Imaginarium SuperStore offers a wide variety of miscellaneous objects, selling everything from old antique bells to $5 rings to kitchenware.
“The Imaginarium is my favorite,” said junior College of Arts and Sciences stu- dent Noelle Schnelle. “If I ever need to find a random object or decoration for my room, the Imaginarium is the first place I go to.”
According to sophomore Haley Hoyle in the College of Arts and Sciences, the premier place for clothes thrifting is the Goodwill Outlet store, located at 4115 S. 72nd St. This store utilizes a “bin” organization strategy, where they place all the clothing into separate bins that customers can rummage through
“I like that it’s a chase, and you have to rush through to find the best stuff,” said Hoyle. “It’s also incredibly cheap be- cause you pay by the pound instead of the item.”
However, saving money isn’t the only benefit of thrifting.
According to Leonela Leon, a University of California, Berkeley student who writes for the Student Environmental Resource Center, buying used is the most environmentally sustainable option when it comes to shopping.
“Studies have shown that 60% of the clothes made worldwide are made from synthetic materials (e.g polyester, nylon, acrylic) a.k.a plastic,” Leon said. “When thrown away, they often sit in landfills for hundreds of years, if not forever. Buying secondhand means you’ll be keeping plas- tic out of landfills and positively contrib- uting to the decrease in worldwide textile demand and subsequent waste.”
While the act of thrifting alone cannot completely solve all the environmental problems of our world, Leon reminds her readers that “it is one way we can work to minimize our own carbon footprints.”