By Samuel Ast
While some may visit thrift shops this season for costume attire, most are following the popular, even cooler, trend of thrifting for clothing. Thrifting has become a $28 billion industry thanks to the younger generation’s desire to find unique clothing to wear or to resell online.
One national thrift store chain has taken note.
On Wednesday, September 28, the Goodwill drop-off located at 129th and State Line opened its doors as a 1,700 square foot renovated Goodwill retail space. The store will sell high-end products, including such brands as Columbia, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, and Adidas.
The facility, formerly a storage unit for the company, was completely repurposed into a bright boutique with an open layout. New walls, flooring, and fixtures were installed throughout. Prior to a Goodwill drop off location, the facility was a Goodyear tire and auto service center.
Goodwill has also been given the go-ahead by the city to renovate the former Big Lots store located at 8236 Wornall into a thrift shop. Work began this past month to renovate the facility.
For millennials, hipsters, penny-pinchers, or just those attempting to be environmentally conscious, used clothes don’t draw the expected twisted face or
upturned nose. After a quick wash, many of these items are indistinguishable from their newer counterparts.
Goodwill has always made it a mission to help those in need. Through discounted outfits, or support finding a job, Goodwill has always been proud of serving the community.
The State Line shop will employ around ten new individuals, and will operate from 9am-6pm daily. For those looking to go the online route, customers are advised to check out GoodwillFinds.com.