National Thrift Shop Day is celebrated on Aug. 17 to appreciate shopping at local charity shops that help in uplifting the vulnerable and needy in society.

Thrift stores are also known as consignment stores, second-hand stores, resale shops and hospice shops. They work on the principle of collecting and selling second-hand items donated by people, the profit of which is contributed to charity work in the community.

During the 18th century, the Industrial Revolution increased the production of clothes and goods in the United States and people started discarding their old pieces of clothing to buy new ones. However, there was a certain degree of contempt about reusing clothes once owned by someone.

 By the early 19th century, religious affiliation groups like Salvation Army and Goodwill changed this concept and started shops to fund money for their charitable works.

Shopping from thrift stores helps to increase the reuse of items that otherwise get discarded even while in good condition. It also allows shoppers to find good-quality items at cheap prices.

Here are some quotes from celebrities  about their experience with thrift shopping:

  1. "I get my clothes from three sources: Target, thrift shops, and friends. It's simple and it's cheap."-Shawn Amos
  2. "The whole thing of clothes is insane. You can spend a dollar on a jacket in a thrift store. And you can spend a thousand dollars on a jacket in a shop. And if you saw those two jackets walking down the street, you probably wouldn't know which was which."-Helen Mirren
  3. "I've always been a thrift store kid."-Playboi Carti
  4. "I don't really shop unless it's thrift."-Jeremy Scott
  5. "I honestly shop mostly at thrift stores. I think there’s a big difference between thrift and vintage. Vintage stores are usually more expensive and it’s already picked out for you, but I like thrift stores because they’re cheaper and I kind of like having to find the gems"-Tavi Gevinson
  6. “The most fun thing about shopping for vintage is that you never know what you may find"-Amy Abrams, co-founder of Artists & Fleas
  7. “I’m a big flea market person, so that gives me a lot of leeways. Anywhere I go, I go looking for flea market stuff."-Linda Rodin
  8. “When I was younger, shopping vintage gave me a sense of community — places to meet other weird kids and kindred spirits."-Chloë Sevigny