Thriftery Rock

Pop-up shop brings secondhand fashion to campus

Published by Ashley Farrell, Date: April 24, 2024

In a world with overconsumption and fast fashion at our fingertips, it is critical we actively try to create sustainable practices when looking for our next fashion piece. Thrifting is one of the many steps we can take to curb consumer fashion waste.

Thrifting is an affordable avenue to reduce the need for new items while simultaneously decreasing the amount of waste created daily. Beyond its environmental impact, it fosters community by supporting non-profit organizations that often run thrift stores. For fashion forward individuals, a unique find is almost guaranteed while exploring the thrift racks. 

College Dress Relief recently hosted a sustainable clothing donation and pop-up shop across campus that lasted two weeks during the month of April. Students were encouraged to donate their gently used clothing into the donation boxes at specific points throughout campus. 

Then, at the end of the donation period, CDR hosted a pop-up shop on campus for two days. This event allowed students to look through all of the donated clothing and take home anything that caught their eye at no cost. Impressively, around 75% of all donations were taken, giving the garments a second life. The remaining clothing will be donated to a local women’s shelter. 

Branded In Butler, a hub for vintage clothing finds, partnered with CDR for the event and for future collaborations. In the near future, Branded In Butler aims to supply permanent donation boxes already on campus so students have the opportunity to easily donate their unneeded clothing. 

Next time the urge to shop for new clothing strikes, check the thrift stores out first!


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