BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – People who love a great bargain have a reason to celebrate Wednesday, August 17, which is National Thrift Shop Day.
The odd holiday honors U.S.-based retail establishments that sell gently used items at discounted prices, and most bargain hunters don’t wait for August 17th to find great deals.
The search for a great deal never stops and over the years, an increasing number of people are jumping on the bargain hunt bandwagon. According to one research firm, these days approximately 16-18% of Americans will shop at a thrift store during a given year.
When and why did thrift shops become popular in the U.S.?
The popularity of bargain hunting for gently used items became popular in the late nineteenth century as the impact of America’s Industrial Revolution swept the nation and the production of clothing and goods significantly increased. Concurrent with this, was an influx of immigrants to the U.S.’s urban areas.
Both of these factors triggered an uptick in the cycle of certain socioeconomic classes quickly buying new clothing/other items and then finding ways to dispense of gently used belongings.
The solution for this came along in 1902, when a Boston-based Methodist minister launched a series of called thrift shops called Goodwill.
The shops hired poor people and individuals with disabilities to collect goods and make necessary repairs to them. The Goodwill shops became filled with these gently used items, which were made available to immigrants and others as places where they could find clothing, other items, and social service-related information.
Goodwill Industries, now about 120 years of age, is still thriving as a nonprofit and is one of many organizations that oversees thrift stores in the U.S.
So, in honor of National Thrift Store Day, some celebrants may choose to pop in to a store like Goodwill and drop off items to donate or browse for a great a deal.
Thrift shops in Baton Rouge
A list of some of the most frequented thrift stores in the capital area can be found below:
America’s Thrift Stores & Donation Center
9526 Cortana Place
Our Hope Thrift & Donation Center
8646 Goodwood Boulevard
The Purple Cow
3651 Perkins Road
Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Louisiana
3121 College Drive Suite D
Connections for Life Thrift Store
2286 Highland Road
Time Warp Boutique
3001 Government Street
Glam Vintage Boutique
2648 Government Street
Salvation Army Family Store and Donation Center
10420 Coursey Boulevard