Savers sale, the perfect time to start shopping thrift

Next Monday is one of our favorite days of the year here at The Renewable Planet. It's the Savers / Value Village 50 % off sale! What's so great about Savers, you ask? It's the ultimate in recycled clothing, accessories, books, furniture and more. We're heading down early for some great deals. I'll be the one with the stick fighting off rival bargain shoppers (just kidding).

Not only can you put together a one-of-a-kind costume, there are some great casual, trendy or classic finds if you've got a bit of time to search. I spent a few high school years wearing my way through the same items my parents once bought off the rack. And even though I've now thankfully moved on from the bellbottoms and polyester phase, Savers still works.

For the daring designers who like to make new clothing from old, this store is the place to go. I once put together a very sad looking jean patch skirt, so who knows; maybe the redesign bug will bite me once again -- like it did these teens, who were handpicked by Savers to breathe new life into found fashions. No one expects you to follow their high-fashion cues, but who knows, maybe you'll be able to update a few pieces. Either way it'll be new to you.

If you want to know what happens to the items you donate to a store, Savers' website provides all the info. From charities the company supports, to recycling unsold items by donating them to developing nations.

Let us know if you find anything and tell us about places you like to shop second hand.

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