WUSA Thrift is now a reality, featuring a washing and drying area, change rooms, display rooms, and employing both volunteers and part-time staff to keep the operation running smoothly.
However, WUSA Thrift’s key advantage is that each item sold in store is no more than $10! These highly affordable clothing options can help students, staff, and community members to reduce their participation in the fast fashion cycle, while also being very cost friendly.
WUSA Thrift was proposed by the Sustainable Campus Initiative (SCI), as a solution for the discarded and donated clothes from students in residences once the school term had finished.
In less than a year, SCI complied 180 bags of left-over clothing, weighing up to 10 kilograms each! These 1,800 kilograms of textiles, generated in less than one year, inspired SCI to create a sustainable and fair way of distributing such goods. By selling these high-quality, gently used clothing-items at discount, students and community members could have access to affordable clothing and reduce their carbon footprint by shopping second-hand.
SCI began by selling these clothes at campus pop-up events, but wanted to set up a more permanent and easily accessible option for shoppers. These events garnered attention and intrigue, leading to the creation of a second-hand clothing store to be opened on a regular basis.