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For the Love of Thrift: New Data Reveals Thrift Shopping Habits


For the Love of Thrift: New Data Reveals Thrift Shopping Habits

Savers® releases sixth annual Thrift Shopping Survey ahead of National Thrift Shop Day

PR Newswire

BELLEVUE, Wash., Aug. 14, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- In advance of National Thrift Shop Day, August 17, 2018, Savers® is releasing its sixth annual Thrift Shopping Survey. A survey that explores you – the vintage visionary, the denim designer, the one-of-a-kind curator and the rack-combing, risk-taking, mold-breaking tastemaker. Beyond saving money and supporting our environment, thrifting is a movement and lifestyle that allows everyone to express their own style – whether quirky, romantic, bohemian or untamed. Thrift shopping is a trend that never goes out of style – and you can look good while doing good.

Savers National Thrift Shop Day Infographic

Doing good isn't just for your style and wallet. By shopping secondhand, you are also helping the environment. Considering it takes 700 gallons of water to make a t-shirt and 1,800 gallons of water to make a pair of jeans, when we throw away more than 83 million tons of unnecessary apparel waste each year, it also means we're throwing away the resources that went into making them. That's why Savers® is proud to celebrate the solution that's dedicated to getting this apparel in the reuse stream instead.

"National Thrift Shop Day is a time to celebrate just how easy and exciting reuse can be and how fundamentally good it is for your wallet, your home and the environment," said Duane Woods, Chairman and CEO at Savers®.  "We want to educate consumers about the importance of purchasing goods with a circular mindset – which includes shopping secondhand to ensure the life of every garment and household item produced is extended."

Some highlights from the Savers® 2018 Thrift Shopping Survey surrounding North Americans' shopping behaviors include:

  • Thrifters are hunting for bargains: Half report their love of thrifting came from a desire to save money, with "savings" and "economic" being the most-associated words with shopping secondhand (41 percent and 30 percent, respectively).
  • And unique treasures: Forty-seven percent report they love finding hidden treasures, and one in five noted their favorite all-time thrift find was a vintage or antique furniture item.
  • It's all about the thrifting experience: Despite growth in e-commerce, shoppers still head to retail stores for the thrifting experience; 60 percent report they prefer to buy secondhand in person because it allows them to touch and feel products.
  • And they find their come-ups by roaming: Forty-nine percent report they roam until something catches their eye, while 33 percent report carefully looking through each rack.

Thrifting Spaces Seattle

To celebrate thrift, Savers® is hosting Thrifting Spaces, an event in Seattle's Don Armeni Park on National Thrift Shop Day, August 17. Partnering with three Seattle-based tastemakers – Charles Koh, Emma Cortes and Joanna Hawley – to style three distinct spaces in one reused and upcycled shipping container, the event will inspire any shopper to curate a one-of-a-kind look that no traditional retailer can mimic, while saving money and supporting our environment. Now that's something worth celebrating! Over the course of the day, each stylist will turn the Thrifting Spaces shipping container into a stage to showcase the endless possibilities of thrift – from a minimalist yet family-friendly breakfast scene, to the modern professional woman's closet and an interior designer's eclectic living room.

About Savers®

At Savers®, we believe good style is more than how you put together your closet and home – it's being able to do good while looking good – for yourself, your neighborhood and your planet. As a for-profit, purpose-driven retailer, the Savers® family of thrift stores provide a wide selection of must-have secondhand clothing, accessories and household goods at an affordable price and keeps more than 700 million pounds of reusable goods from reaching landfills each year.  Learn more at and join the #RethinkReuse conversation.    


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