Second-Hand Shopping & Donating in College: A Post by ClosetDash’s Brae

We’re delighted to announce that along with our recent alliance with College Hunks Hauling, we’ll also be working with the incredibly useful online community ClosetDash, helping you find your no-longer-neededs to a fantastic new home.

If you join ClosetDash, one of the option you’ll have (along with selling, swapping or giving away your clothes) is to donate those items to Goodwill. We’re honored to be one of a select group of non-profits ClosetDash has chosen for this role.

As part of our friendship with the new site, we’ve invited their team-member Brae to share about second-hand shopping (and donating) as a part of college life. Hope you enjoy!

Buying and selling second-hand items and shopping at thrift stores have become increasingly en vogue lately. While this is true for many different types of consumers, today’s blog post will focus on one particular type of consumer for which this is true – today’s college students. College students are always on the lookout for good deals on unique items which naturally leads them to thrift stores and swapping.

Like many others across the country, the economic downturn has impacted the purchasing power of the average college student but hasn’t deterred their desire to remain fashionable. Enter thrifting or swapping.

Today’s college students want to stand out stylistically and don’t want to show up at a party dressed the same as another party-goer. For this reason, today’s college students are beginning to move away from mass produced clothes in favor of unique, vintage, one-of-a-kind items. Thrifting and swapping are the perfect answer to all of these dilemmas and also has the added bonus of being socially responsible, a trend that Dan Reimold coined “the new black” in his USA Today article, “Students Clothing Swaps, Thrifting Soar in Popularity.” Social responsibility, especially with today’s college student, is a big part of a person’s purchase decisions today versus in the past.

With dozens of colleges and universities calling New York City home, stores like Goodwill make it possible for students to satisfy both their need to be frugal and their desire to be unique. Compound that with the fact that Goodwill serves an amazing cause helping people in need reach their full potential through the power of work and you’ve got a combination that college students can’t ignore.

ClosetDash recognizes this as well and for this reason has chosen Goodwill as one of its premier donation partners on its site. To join in the thrifting or swapping craze, head over to a Goodwill store or the ClosetDash site (closetdash.com) now!

Did you second-hand shop and/or donate in college – or if you’re a college student, do you second-hand shop and donate now? Tell us the reasons why in the comments. We’d love to hear from you!

  • Buying and selling second-hand items and shopping at thrift stores have become increasingly en vogue lately.
  • Buying and selling second-hand items and shopping at thrift stores have become increasingly en vogue lately.
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