Being Thrifty

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When You Need to Stay on Budget, Be Thrifty!

Being a college student, it can be stressful to be thrifty and stay on budget throughout the semester. There can be interviews, social events, and many occasions for a new outfit. And — in between — I like to redecorate my room and rental living space with my roommates. Spending money at the mall, popular home décor stores, Target, or discount stores, such as Homegoods, can add up quickly.

Fortunately, I have discovered thrift stores, and Gainesville has many great options for thrifty shopping for almost any type of item. From gently used kitchen appliances to wall decorations, lamps, clothing, and much more, thrift shops allow for students on a budget to not only enjoy their living space but feel confident at interviews as well!

Additionally, many thrift stores in Gainesville are not-for-profit. For example, Outreach Thrift Store offers high-quality clothing and household goods for sale while partnering with local churches and community agencies to help individuals and families in need of clothing and household items. The Repurpose Project is a non-profit community-based effort to divert useful resources from the landfill, redirect these items to the public for art and education, and inspire creativity to rethink what is thrown away.

Alachua County Humane Society Thrift — 4205 NW 6th St, Gainesville, FL 32609

A Rai of Sunshine Thrift Store — 125 NW 23rd Ave #5, Gainesville, FL, 32609

Attic Resale Stores — 300 NW 8th Avenue Gainesville, FL 32608. Sales generated at the Attic Resale Stores directly support Haven patients and families financially as well as serving many other people in the community with programs and services.

Flashbacks Recycled Fashion — 220 NW 8th Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601

Goodwill Thrift Store — 3520 SW 34th St, Gainesville, FL 32608

Outreach Thrift Store — 2430 NW 6th St, Gainesville, FL 32609

Plato’s Closet — 3441 W University Ave B, Gainesville, FL 32607

Salvation Army Family Store — 55 NW 23rd Ave, Gainesville, FL 32609

Sandy’s Savvy Chic Resale Boutique –4148 NW 13th St, Gainesville, FL 32609

St. Patrick Thrift Shop — 2010 NW 6th St, Gainesville, FL 32609

The Repurpose Project — 1920 NE 23rd Ave, Gainesville, FL 32609

The How Bāzār – Located temporarily on University Drive in downtown Gainesville, just eight blocks from UF, this is a vintage clothing boutique that thrifters may love.

Uniquities Consignment Shop — Used Furniture & Home Décor- 526 N Main St, Gainesville, FL 32601

Urban Thread — High-end thrift store, with locations at 1236 NW 21 Avenue, Gainesville 32609 and 802 University Ave, Gainesville 32601. Think vintage and brands such as Urban Outfitters, Free People, Anthropologie

What about donating to Thrift Stores? We know it is hard to let go of some of our childhood mementos. Smart Parent Advice shares their advice on How to Donate Stuffed Animals.

Stella Fedele, UF Intern, HaveUHeard

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