Take Trixie Encomienda, 17, and a freshman at the California Design College in downtown Los Angeles. While she's stuck commuting her first year, she's already picked up her bedroom set for next year's apartment share including two Victorian side tables, a headboard and wardrobe, and as she puts it "I actually got the whole set for 80 bucks."
Now she freely accepts the label of thrift-store junkie with pride, and cites pricing and the environmental benefits of reusing someone else's goods as just cause But there's the added benefit that it's also a cool way to find something just a wee bit different from everybody else's. As Encomienda says, "Sometimes you just get sick of what you see at the mall. The only way to find something unique is at a thrift store."