Philly has a wealth of fantastic thrift stores. I love thrifting and I wanted to share with you all some of my favorite Philly haunts. My first reveal is a Philadelphia gem – PHILLY AIDS THIFT.
Philly Aids Thrift is wonderful. The inventory is added daily so you could come everyday and find something new. Proceeds go to benefitting work towards AIDS research and relief.
Located in South Philadelphia one block from south street at 710 S. 5th Street. Phila, PA 19147
Pick a day in which you have nothing but time to waste with listless meandering. Find a best friend and with an open mind, full stomach and a little bit of money to burn – head to your nearest thrift store.
Begin by browsing. Don’t go with high expectations of finding amazing pieces immediately. Thrifting is like finding love. The best comes when you least expect it.
Don’t be afraid to try on crazy, costumes. Think outside of the box. Don’t be afraid to go vintage, embrace 80’s bling, bulk and fringe. You will be surprised at what works for you.
Take advantage of all that the thrift store has aside from just clothing. You may find some amazing music as well as household items. When I first moved into my apartment, the thrift stores were where I got almost all of my odds and ends such as cups, pots and some of my furniture. You can find great scarves, jewelry, DVDs, and artwork. Think outside of the box!
Mason Jars! Do you know the DIY possibilities of mason jars?!
Have a photoshoot- imaginary or literal. Try on clothes, ask your friend’s opinion, allow them to talk you into items you don’t really like or need! Feel excited by your purchases because you saved mad money and your pieces are unique.
Tsehaitu in this amazing purple and leather blazer. I had to talk her into getting this! Betch whet? She wasn’t feeling it at first. Its amazing isn’t it???!!
Go grab coffee or lunch with your BF and enjoy the things that really matter like friendship and shit.On a serious, preachy note, thrifting is really important. We live in a society where “fast fashion” is as toxic as “fast food”. Companies such as The Gap, H&M, Old Navy and Forever 21 resource majority of their labor to third world countries where the labor cost is inhumanely cheap. People are living on less than $160 dollars a month making our clothing. The labor force which consists of more than 85% women are forced to work long, sufferable hours in unsafe environments. Any unions that are attempted are squashed with beatings and even death. It is modern day slavery.
There is a great cost in lives being wasted and lost under the weight of consumerism and capitalism so that we can buy flimsy shirts for $5.50 and a dress for the night for $40 at our favorite teeny bopper store. For more information check out this video trailer “The True Cost”. You can watch this movie on Netflix.
When you decide to shop at thirft stores, you take away the demand for “fast fashion”, you lessen the effect on the environment, you show corporations that you are aware and strong enough to make your own choices. You wash some of the blood from your hands and pay respect to the hard working, real people you are inevitably connected to in this world.
Ignorance is bliss. Wake up.