Nifty Thrifty Finds


Olivia Myers

As recent fashion trends continue to pay homage to past decades, including the 90s and early 2000s, many have flocked to thrift stores, embracing the thrill of the hunt for unique pieces from these trending decades to elevate their wardrobe at reasonable prices. With stories of frequent success from individuals even here at THS, thrifting has proven itself to be much more environmentally and economically friendly than shopping at retail stores. Instead of guiding clothes to the nearest landfill and leading our planet into the gripping reality that is destructive pollution, thrift stores give items another chance to be used, reducing the wasted resources that characterize the creation of most articles of clothing. These second-hand stores offer consumers affordable prices from a multitude of often unique and original products, encouraging individuals to reuse what has already been produced and discouraging the pursuit of “fast fashion.” Many thrift stores sell a variety of pieces besides clothes, from furniture and home decor to kitchenware and media content– that offer themselves to be stimulating DIY projects for the creative mastermind or left in their story-filled originality for the buyer to cherish.  


The New Age of Thrifting:

With the growth of technology alongside the popularity of thrifting, a variety of online thrifting options have proven themselves to be a quick, convenient way to access these unique finds from the comfort and safety of home. Poshmark, Depop, ThredUp, Instagram, and Goodwill’s online store are well-established platforms where individuals can buy secondhand items. These sites offer their users a convenient and individualistic shopping experience as customers are able to customize the criteria to cater to their wants and needs, including the ability to choose specific brands and sizes the thrifter is specifically looking for. However, when shopping on sites like Poshmark and Depop where the shopper can double as a thrift seller, some use these thrifting platforms to make a profit as they sell their products at unfairly steep prices. So, for a well-rounded thrifting experience, it could be beneficial to browse online and in-stores to confidently assess the options available in search for the thriftiest find.  



“I Got $20 in My Pocket” – Thrifting Scavenger Hunt

  1. A shirt only a dad would wear at a 2005 barbeque
  2. A bag suitable for Paris Hilton
  3. A mug your 3rd grade teacher would use on a daily basis
  4. A onesie for Ms. Jewell’s baby
  5. An 80s workout tape on VHS that your mom donated after it was not showing any results
  6. THS paraphernalia 



Favorite Thrift Finds at THS:

Senior Cami Hamilton has recently established her passion for thrifting over the course of this past year; she enjoys finding clothing that is “interesting and unique” and more sustainably supportive, and the social aspect of thrifting, especially at yard sales, creates a great experience that Cami partakes in “whenever [she] has free time.” So far, her favorite thrift find has been a super game box of sorts that includes about 13 different games all stacked and compacted into one box which she found at a church yard sale. Cami has found Value Village, yard sales, and Poshmark to be notable avenues for thrifting success. 








Mr. Click, Tumwater High School’s renowned industrial arts teacher and tennis coach, embraced his identity as an avid thrifter in college when money was especially tight. He admits that his favorite thrift find was a pair of “thick, wool, navy (blue), winter sailor pants which were perfect for cold chair lift rides” which he found at an Army/Navy surplus store. Mr. Click has always been particularly fond of these pants due to their durability and functionality alongside the fact that he found them to be “very stylish.” For thrifters seeking to spice up their next thrifting adventure, Click recommends the Wacky Warehouse in Pacific Beach, WA which even boasts a radio station inside the store alongside some funky, fresh finds. 



Although at times thrifting can take patience and persistence to truly discover a piece that caters to your unique style and taste, thrift stores encourage exciting, sustainable, and financially beneficial shopping adventures as you have the opportunity to add your own story to a product’s well-loved history until it’s donated once again for another thrifter’s delight, and the cycle repeats itself. 


Places to Thrift: 

The Thurston County region offers a multitude of thrifty stores for residents to shop and donate. Most of these locations accept donations as well. Some thrifting locations include: 


Goodwill- 400 Cooper Point Rd SW, Olympia, WA 98502 ; 1145 Galaxy Dr NE, Lacey, WA 98516 ; 4800 Yelm Hwy SE, Lacey, WA 98503


Seattle Children’s Olympia Bargain Boutique – 2020 Harrison Ave NW, Olympia, WA 98502


Value Village- 604 Sleater Kinney Rd SE, Lacey, WA 98503


South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity- 400 Cooper Point Rd SW, Olympia, WA 98502


Dumpster Values- 302 4th Ave E, Olympia, WA 98501


Peacock Vintage- 512 4th Ave E, Olympia, WA 98501


Budd Bay Bargains- 222 Columbia St NW, Olympia, WA 98501


Fun Junk- 4524 Harrison Ave NW, Olympia, WA 98502


The Estate Store- 510 Columbia St SW, Olympia, WA 98501