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It’s not your Granddad’s clothes: Thrift shopping satisfies the fashion needs and wants of all ages

March 26, 2015

 

Brian Elsner tried on his new gently used Express shirt at Rolling Hills–Photo by Brennen Lege

Brian Elsner tried on his new gently used Express shirt at Rolling Hills–Photo by Brennen Lege

BRENNEN LEGE
Staff Reporter

 

Before Macklemore released the song “Thrift Shop” in 2012, a town’s thrift store was more than a place to purchase 99-cent fur coats.

 

Rolling Hills, for instance, is a multi-faceted hub for clothing donors, volunteer workers and shoppers looking for next season’s wardrobe on a budget.

 

Spencer Morris is a sophomore education major working at Rolling Hills Thrift Store in Ruston. Rolling Hills, located just north of Ruston toward Farmerville, has been a part of Morris’ life for the past five years.

 

“I came here every day after school in high school,” said Morris, who said he used to volunteer his after-school hours and Saturdays for two years before earning his job at the store.

 

Morris said a typical week for him involves manning the cash register, sorting clothes and handling item drop-offs. He also helps with customer service, like filling out aid and relief forms for those in need.

 

Brennan Edwards showed off his vintage shirt at Rolling Hills–Photo by Brennen Lege

Brennan Edwards showed off his vintage shirt at Rolling Hills–Photo by Brennen Lege

Morris said he enjoys the work, but one of his favorite perks of the job is getting first dibs on special items that come through the store.

 

“I just like the clothes and weird hats,” Morris said. “You can only find cool stuff like this here. Really anything you can imagine has come in through the door.”

 

Every few months, Hunter Long walks through the doors of Rolling Hills looking for something unique. The sophomore mechanical engineering major said he has become a regular shopper at Rolling Hills.

 

“It’s always fun to come here and see what you can find,” Long said. “I found some awesome shoes here one time for like two bucks that were in great condition. They got me plenty of compliments, but no one knew I got them here for a bargain.”

 

Long said every time he comes back to the store, it seems like every item from before is switched out for new ones.

 

He said with each new visit, he sees new faces from Tech looking to find bargains like him.

 

One of those new faces is Brennan Edwards, who heard about the store from Spencer Morris, a good friend of his.

 

In just his second visit, Edwards said he was able to snag a three-piece suit and colorful shirts for the spring.

 

“It’s really ideal because it can be hard with money sometimes, especially for getting clothes around springtime,” Edwards said. “Looking at some of the clothes I found here today, I would totally like to come back and keep hunting for more.”

Spencer Morris found another hat to add to his collection from Rolling Hills–Photo by Brennen Lege

Spencer Morris found another hat to add to his collection from Rolling Hills–Photo by Brennen Lege

 

There is no guarantee shoppers will successfully bring back retro clothing, walk away with a $3 Ralph Lauren shirt, or find the perfect costume for their party all in one evening at the thrift store. However, the allure of the store is the potential, the mystical feeling of “what if?”

 

There is no guarantee but it is a possibility, which is why kids like Long and Edwards keep coming back, looking for the next hidden treasure.

 

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