There comes a time in every person’s life when they finally discover the thrill of a good bargain. For many of us, it happens during our college years.
Like a form of urban hunting, thrift store shopping can be just as gratifying as acing a midterm or receiving a hefty paycheck — especially if you know the best place to go.
This year, ISU students voted Goodwill as the best resale shop.
“It makes us very proud. We have a great team [in Bloomington-Normal] and they work very hard in supporting our mission. Knowing that customers have identified us as one of the resale shops that they like to shop at really says a lot,” Sharon Durbin, Land of Lincoln Goodwill president and CEO, said.
While the primary goal of Goodwill is to “help people help themselves,” it can also be a necessity for students living on a tight budget or those who are looking to sport a particular style.
“I think college students are attracted to Goodwill because we receive so many eclectic and vintage donations. Whatever your style is, you can go to Goodwill and not only be in style with the latest trends, but also get those items at discounted and fair prices,” Durbin said.
Another favorite shop among fashion-frugal students is Plato’s Closet, which was voted runner-up.
“We want to thank the students for their support, because obviously we need them to keep our store running and we’re striving to be better and will hopefully be voted first next year,” Jesse Davis, Plato’s Closet assistant manager, said.