Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries
Serving Greater Cincinnati

5 Incredible Benefits of Thrift Shopping

Chances are you’ve visited a thrift store before. Maybe you’ve gone thrift shopping for a Halloween costume or a tacky holiday sweater. But you don’t have to wait for these two occasions to head to your nearest thrift store! There are so many ways to benefit from thrift shopping all year round.

Here are five incredible reasons to go thrift shopping today:

Goodwill Water recycling graphic

Goodwill Water recycling graphic

Reduce waste

Shopping at a local thrift store is a simple and easy way to go green! Manufacturing, producing, packaging, and distributing new clothing takes a lot of energy and water. Disposing of unwanted clothing also takes a toll on the environment. In the United States, individuals throw out 60 to 80 pounds of textile waste each year. It can take months and even years for these materials to fully break down in landfills! By choosing to buy secondhand clothing instead of brand new, you reduce waste and help the planet. In this way, thrift shopping is the ultimate way to live out the ” reduce, reuse, recycle” motto!





female back to school outfit from goodwill

Outfit from Goodwill

Curate a one-of-a-kind wardrobe

Whether you want to stay on top of the latest trends or express your individuality with unique and vintage clothing, thrift shopping allows you to create a wardrobe that’s completely one-of-a-kind. Thrift shopping is a lot like a treasure hunt: you never know what you might find!


Score high-quality goods at low prices

There’s nothing quite like the thrill of finding a great bargain, and at thrift stores, amazing deals are around every corner! Save on clothing, home décor, furniture, shoes, accessories, books, games, and so much more for the entire family. It’s a great feeling to know you’re getting more for less by choosing to shop at a thrift store over a traditional retailer.


Find your next DIY project

From furniture to décor to fabric, there’s no shortage of thrift store finds that are ready to be upcycled into something new! The next time you go thrift shopping, keep your next DIY project in mind. Many pieces simply need a little ” TLC” to come to life. It’s amazing to see how thrift store finds are transformed with a good cleaning and a fresh coat of paint!

Red Armoire from Ohio Valley Goodwill

Red armoire from Goodwill

Painting of red trees on display above clothing rack at Ohio Valley Goodwill

Painting from Goodwill










Support the community

Unlike big retail chains, many thrift stores exist to serve others, not generate a profit for stockholders. Choosing to shop at a thrift store that’s driven by a mission to help others, like Ohio Valley Goodwill, is a wonderful way to make a difference in your community.

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Donate to Goodwill and change a life!

Ohio Valley Goodwill is more than a Cincinnati thrift shop; we’re a non-profit organization that’s served the Greater Cincinnati community for over 100 years. Every purchase you make at Goodwill helps to support our life-changing mission to provide job training and employment services to individuals with disabilities and our nation’s veterans. Best of all, when you choose to buy gently-used items at Goodwill instead of brand-new ones, you extend the life cycle of reusable goods and help to protect our planet for years to come!

Find an Ohio Valley Goodwill retail store near you and be sure to check out our monthly sales calendars for even more opportunities to save on your next Goodwill shopping trip!