Long before the band Macklemore hit the thrift shop, ORU students were popping tags.
Recently, young adults across the country have been searching through thrift store racks. This isn’t a new trend. In 1984, Linda C. Hopkins published an article in the Oracle titled, “Where to shop for bargains in Tulsa.”
“The fad for resale, thrift or consignment stores seems to have its roots in the college age consumers. Many students such as Laurie Fladd, a junior English Education major have seen the practicality of buying used or almost new quality clothing for 60 percent less than the regular store.
Says Fladd, ‘You can look at my closet and see almost everything I own is from thrift stores. Hey, as a matter of fact, everything I have on now is rehashed.’ She was donned in a peasant skirt, a simple cotton blouse and denim jacket, accessorized in a gold beaded necklace, gold watch, earrings and a bandana around her waist.”
The article goes on to list 10 different bargain clothing stores located in Tulsa. Most have closed down, but a few are still open. One of the surviving shops is located five minutes north of ORU on Lewis Avenue.
The Echo Shop has been around since 1968. Store Manager Maryanna Senger has worked for the resale shop for 25 years.
“We have designer [clothing] to regular [clothing],” said Senger. “Consignment is really a great way to go.”
Consignment is when resale stores sell personal items. When the item is sold, the original owner receives a percentage of the profit.
The Echo Shop sells women’s clothing and accessories. Echo Man sells men’s clothing. The two stores together make up 7,500 square feet.
Whether shoppers are wanting to spend $10 on an item or $200, The Echo Shop has both price points. The store specializes in name brands like American Eagle, Coach, Express and BCBG.
“We see all age ranges in here,” said Senger.
Shelby Rine, sophomore at ORU, is a frequent thrift shopper. At Quality Thrift, located on S. Peoria, her bargain’s were not limited to clothing.
“I actually found a book this semester that I needed to buy for a class. It was only 45 cents,” said Rine.
The thrift shopping trend hasn’t dwindled in the last 30 years. ORU students are just as interested in a bargain as they were in 1984.