Upcycling is essentially taking old or unusable items and revamping them or adding to them to make them usable again. Some of the most common upcycled items are clothing and accessories. Taking articles of clothing that would have ended up wasted in a landfill somewhere and turning it into something new and beautiful is a great way to do our part in keeping the earth healthy.
But this practice is not just beneficial to the environment, it is also a smart way to save money and have fun doing it. The best place to get fun, unique clothing to upcycle is your neighborhood thrift store. Most thrift stores owners get all their items that they sell in the store from donations, so the prices are usually very affordable. Also, local thrift stores often double as a food bank or shelter for the poor. Usually, most of their profits from the thrift store go to running the food bank or shelter. So, not only are you saving money buy shopping at these thrift stores, but you are also making a difference in your local community.  You can use thrift store search engines like The Thrift Shopper [www.thethriftshopper.com] to search for thrift stores in your local area and see which stores benefit the needy.
Upcycling and shopping at thrift stores have become huge trends in fashion and crafts among college students. Many online magazines and blogs intended for the hip and trendy college demographic have talked about upcycling and thrift store shopping, like Style.Spot.Run [www.stylespotrun.com], treehugger.com, and upcyclingclothing.com. Many of these online sources that discuss upcycling actually focus on how much fun it is and not just the fiscal and environmental benefits. Do-It-Yourself projects can be a great way to express yourself creatively. And, for college students, arts and crafts are a great way to de-stress during the semester.

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