With the dawn of a new semester comes an exciting wave of wardrobe revamps, hunts for new accessories and quests to find the perfect furniture for dorm rooms and off-campus apartments.
Investing in sustainable, long-term pieces can take away from an overwhelming shopping list, preserve budgets and prevent overconsumption.
Here is a list of sustainable thrift and consignment stores that will not break the bank, allowing for some guilt-free shopping.
Rumors Chapel Hill
Rumors, located at 106 N. Graham St., is fairly accessible to students as it is close to campus.
Rumors co-owner Casey Longyear said since coming to the Chapel Hill area, the store’s main demographic has been college-aged individuals. She added that older people will sometimes come in to sell vintage items.
Like many other shops in the area, Rumors is a “buy-sell-trade” shop, which means they buy and trade clothes with people in the community.
Longyear said the store sells between 20,000 and 50,000 items a month, depending on how busy the month is. Items from community members make up about 95 percent of what they sell.
“We opened without even trying to be a sustainable business, we just opened as a secondhand clothing store before eco-friendly was a buzzword, so I didn't even realize that what we were doing was sustainable until I did,” Longyear said. “And the second I did, I decided to go into it as hard as I could, because we had the opportunity to really make a difference.”