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National Thrift Shop Day

Ready to go shopping? Celebrate National Thrift Shop Day with deals, discounts, and unique finds that you won't find anywhere else!
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August 17
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Celebrate National Thrift Shop Day on August 17 and show your support for a great cause! This special day was created to celebrate the wonderful experience of shopping at thrift stores. Not only are these stores a great way to find unique items and save money, but they also help support local charities that would otherwise be unable to provide essential services in our communities. So don't miss out on this fun opportunity - get thrifting!

History of National Thrift Shop Day

National Thrift Shop Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1879</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Charitable Shops</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Salvation Army, a British organization, opened "salvage brigades" in the U.S. to collect used household goods to fund their efforts.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1902</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Goodwill Founded</div><div class='timeline-text'>Reverend Edgar J. Helms founded Goodwill Industries in Boston, becoming one of the first organizations to collect used household items and clothing to sell in shops.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1920s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Expansion of Thrift Stores</div><div class='timeline-text'>Thrift stores started opening across the United States during the Great Depression, providing affordable clothing and items to struggling families.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1950s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Popularity of Vintage Fashion</div><div class='timeline-text'>Increasing interest in vintage fashion by the mainstream public made thrift shopping popular.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1992</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Savers Opens</div><div class='timeline-text'>Savers, one of the largest international thrift store chains, was founded, popularizing thrift shopping with its convenient locations and organized display.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2012</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Thrift Shopping in Pop Culture</div><div class='timeline-text'>Macklemore's hit song "Thrift Shop" shone a spotlight on thrift shopping, once again renewing its popularity among younger generations.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Thrift Shop Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Organize a thrift shop crawl</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Round up your friends and organize a thrift shop crawl.  Visit all the different second hand stores in your area, and see what gems you can find!</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Throw a thrift shop themed party</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Have everyone come dressed in their best (or worst) thrift shop finds.  Make some games out of it - who can find the craziest outfit, or pick out the most unique item?  Have fun with it!</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Go on a shopping spree</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Make a list of what you need and hit the thrift shops for some deals.  You may not know exactly what you'll find, but that's part of the fun!</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host a swap meet</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Invite friends over to swap clothes, books, movies, whatever they've got lying around that they no longer want or need. Everyone will leave with something new - and free.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Support a charity</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Donate to your favorite charity by visiting their thrift store, or search out an organization near you that collects items to give away to those in need.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Thrift Shop Day

<div class='whywelove-item'><div class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 class='whywelove-title'>Savvy Shopping</h3><p class='whywelove-text'>Thrift shops are treasure troves full of pre-loved items waiting to find a new home. They are excellent places to stretch your dollar, get more for your money, and indulge in retail therapy without breaking the bank.</p></div></div><div class='whywelove-item'><div class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 class='whywelove-title'>Support for Local Charities</h3><p class='whywelove-text'>Many thrift shops operate as divisions of charitable organizations. Your purchases not only give items a second life, but also support causes that help those in need. Shopping at thrift stores is an easy and enjoyable way to give back to the community!</p></div></div><div class='whywelove-item'><div class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 class='whywelove-title'>Unique Finds</h3><p class='whywelove-text'>Thrift stores offer a wide array of unique items that cannot be found anywhere else. You never know what sort of treasures you might uncover – be it an unusual ornament, a vintage piece of clothing, or a rare book – every visit to a thrift shop is a new adventure!</p></div></div>

5 Unearthed Gems From National Thrift Shop Day

National Thrift Shop Day FAQs

When is National Thrift Shop Day?

National Thrift Shop Day is celebrated on August 17th every year. In 2024 National Thrift Shop Day will occur on a Saturday.

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