Conscious Consumerism

Reimagine Resale Combines Ethical-Minded and Budget-Friendly Fashion Under One Roof

The new thrift store will donate its proceeds to Love146, which helps combat child trafficking.

By Katharine Shilcutt November 15, 2017

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A past Reimagine Resale pop-up at A 2nd Cup in the Heights; the store opens its bricks-and-mortar location in Greater Inwood this Saturday, November 18.

If you're a budget-minded, eco-minded and/or ethics-minded fashionista, chances are high that you already do a lot of your shopping at resale stores. Statistics show a trend in that direction, too: Millennials are increasingly shopping secondhand, with 75 percent of them citing concern for the environment as their biggest motivating factor. In the business world, meanwhile, traditional bricks-and-mortar retailers are losing out to online resellers and vintage stores.

Reimagine Resale is a Houston-based venture that combines these concerns under one roof, as a thrift shop that donates its proceeds to Love146, an international non-profit devoted to combatting child trafficking. You may recall Reimagine Resale as a pop-up venture at Heights coffee shop A 2nd Cup, which is itself a non-profit fighting human trafficking in Houston. Our region is among the largest in the nation for human trafficking, a troubling trend that's only worsened following Hurricane Harvey.

Now, Reimagine Resale has its very own bricks-and-mortar space in Greater Inwood, just west of Acres Homes at 6760 Antoine Dr. The shop will host a grand opening this Saturday, November 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with food, fall festivities for the family, and deals on clothing and housewares.

After this weekend, the thrift store will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. And right now there are even more ways to support Love146 through Reimagine Resale: The shop is currently seeking volunteers to work alongside the paid staff. Found a killer blouse or pair of pumps while sorting through the donations? You'll get first dibs on buying them when your shift is over.

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