I Work at a Thrift Store—People in NYC Are Getting Rid of These 5 Things

For the past few weeks, I have been in an extreme state of closet clean-out. Living in a small New York City apartment is never easy when you’re an avid shopper, and I’ve hit my limit. I have a hard time letting go of things that I once loved or never got around to wearing, so this has led to multiple rounds of self-interventions. My first round of cleaning out my closet was very light, and I quickly realized I had gone too easy on myself when I still did not have the room for the winter coats that I’ll need to move into my home sooner rather than later. This entire conundrum led me to visit my local consignment shop more often than I ever have before.

During one of my recent appointments, one of the store managers explained to me the process of deciding whether they would be able to sell something or ask the customer to take it back with them. As the team members explained their process to me, I realized that this was something worth reporting on. Our most recent conversation included illuminating revelations, such as the death of Yeezys and the obvious fact that a lot of skinny jeans have been dropped off as of late. Below, you’ll find the five things that Buffalo Exchange employees told me were making their way past the selling point and into the donation bins. Let’s see if you can guess what they said.

Not to my surprise, the first item I was told was on the outs was skinny jeans. Hearing the store manager say that “people are trying to get rid of their skinny jeans because they haven’t been wearing them a lot” didn’t come at much of a shock because I’ve noticed a major shift toward looser or wide-leg styles. 

The hype over these jeans is major.

This is absolutely my vibe.

Rag & Bone has been really impressing me lately.

I’m all about the wide-leg pants.

The fact that these jeans can hold so much structure has amazed me.

Remember those plastic rings people were obsessing over maybe even less than a year ago? Say farewell to those. “A lot of the jewelry people are selling is costume jewelry. … The plastic, beaded jewelry trends from Shein are going away, but gold and silver, plus any fine jewelry, are doing very well,” they told me.

Anything this delicate has my attention.

I’m always looking for a way to wear more pearls.

So, so pretty.

The kind of earrings that will get you asked “Where are those from?” on the regular.

I’ve had my eye on these for some time.

I recently asked fashion editors what they’re into right now, and a lot of them mentioned oversize sweaters. People cleaning out their closets clearly agree. “A lot of people are getting rid of their thin cardigans. They’re more into that big, chunky knit style,” the manager said.

I just couldn’t keep this one to myself.

I’m here for this color.

Love at first sight.

She’s perfection.

Yeah, stripes are a theme here.

Maybe think twice before buying into a hyped-up sneaker trend. The manager told me, “I see a lot of sneakers. Everyone’s getting rid of them, especially their Yeezys. A lot of people have been selling their regular Air Force 1s and Jordans too. People who aren’t really into sneakers buy them to see how it feels, and they end up not being a sneaker person, so they sell them.”

Just as comfortable as sneakers, ballet flats are the move right now.

I’m all about a mule moment.

Now these are chic.

Black knee-high boots are always sexy.

I’m all about this.

I have been struggling with my love for a micro bag because, honestly, it’s not practical. According to thrift-store employees, it looks like I’m not alone: “Most of the bags that people are [selling] are smaller handbags. Plus, a lot of people are getting rid of backpacks.”

We love the color red this time of year.

If you like a logo, this one is for you.

The definition of carry it all.

This is giving European luxury.

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