August 17

There is nothing quite like getting a fresh pair of digs. There is no better place to find a unique pair of digs than at a thrift store. Thrift stores are awesome for many reasons! They lessen the need of newly manufactured clothes, which is less wasteful and better for the environment. They are full of great bargains on items that could be expensive otherwise, and they are filled with some of the coolest hidden gems that you could not find elsewhere. 

August 17th is the day set aside to show a little love to the thrifting community!  

A History Of National Thrift Shop Day

Thrift stores, as they are known in Canada and the U.S., have been around for quite some time. The very first known thrift store was called a “charity shop” and was opened by the Wolverhampton Society for the Blind in 1899. The shop was meant to sell goods made by blind people, so they could raise money.

The Red Cross opened the first major charity shop in London in 1941, which would soon pave the way for thousands more around the world. We now have major thrift shop chains, such as Goodwill, that donate their proceeds to various organizations and causes.

Currently, thrifting is a popular activity among those who are frugal, those who are environmentalists, and those who are into vintage clothing and decor.

How To Celebrate National Thrift Shop Day

The best way to celebrate National Thrift Shop Day is to go thrifting in your area. Find yourself a good thrift shop and start exploring! You never know what kind of treasures you’ll find! If you have any extra clothes or household items lying around, make some time today to go down to your local thrift shop and donate them. Like they always say, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”.

Make sure to hashtag #NationalThriftShopDay, so others can get in on the fun!

Thriftin’ Ain’t Easy

Thrift shops are homes to some of the most random and unexpected items. Use National Thrift Shop Day to consider all of the history housed in these shops. If you head out to go thrifting in honor of the holiday, take a few moments to appreciate the treasures you get to look at, and don’t pass up buying anything that you love – you may never see that item again!

“I wear your granddad’s clothes. I look incredible. I’m in this big ass coat from that thrift shop down the road.”

  • Macklemore

On This Day, National Thrift Shop Day, As Well As…

Black Cat Appreciation Day

Black Cats are often misunderstood creatures. They are seen as representatives of bad luck and witchcraft. Many see black cats as evil or cursed. Black Cat Appreciation Day is meant to help erase those stigmas because black cats are just as adorable as any other cat. You know that little guy that roams around your neighborhood at night? Go pet him! You might find yourself a new love for these fluffy black creatures!

National Massachusetts Day

National Massachusetts helps us to recognize the sixth union state and one of the first colonies of New England. Massachusetts is filled with a rich American history. The name comes from the indigenous people who populated the area before settlers arrived. Some of the many historical events in Massachusetts include the Boston Tea Party, the birth of Benjamin Franklin, and, of course, the invention of clam chowder.

This beautiful state, with breathtaking shorelines, inland mountain ranges, and urban abundance has everything you could possibly want. Take today to observe the history of the state and indulge in the food and culture that comes from it.