The three Rs of waste management — reduce, reuse, recycle — are bigger than ever before. And what better way than thrifting to embrace this idea? With sustainability become the rallying war cry, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the culture of thrifting has gained momentum. Over the course of the last year, various thrift shops and initiatives have gained popularity. Here, we round up seven unique thrift shops based out of Chennai that got our attention.

Oh Scrap! Madras

 

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Kaftans, hair ties, Christmas ornaments, and more — Oh Scrap uses recycled and up-cycled fabrics to re-create treasures. Founded by textile enthusiasts Priyanjoli Basu and Dominique Lopez, rest assured that everything in this shop is made with great passion and care, offering a great alternative to fast fashion.

To shop, DM on Instagram.

Twice Treasured

Twice Treasured buys and sells toys, maternity-wear, baby accessories, and more. Founded by moms Vaibhavi Prakash, Tripti Chordia, and Divya Abhisek, the initiative aims to connect fellow parents who are looking at getting pre-loved products for their fast-growing bubs. Also with a view to promote sustainability, Twice Treasured on its part ensures quality of the products before making it available for purchase.

To shop, DM on Instagram.

Heritage Blend The Studio

Founded by Aishwarya Srikkanth, The Hertiage Blend Studio is one of the more eclectic thrift shops based out of Chennai that sells home décor and art . The curios, antiquities, and art sold at HB Studio are repurposed and absolutely one-of-a-kind. Thanks to Srikkanth’s experience in the arts, she can also customise and source furniture to give you the look and feel you need, to complete a space.

For more, contact her via Instagram.

The Relove Closet

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Shipping all over India, The Relove Closet is an adorable Insta thrift store. They sell the cutest curation of trendy womenswear on their platform, and to make things more convenient, sizing, price, condition, and other details are specified in the caption. From chambray shirts to eyelet tops, who needs Zara when you can find it all right here?

To shop, DM on Instagram.

The Archive Factory

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Looking for fabulous tops, kurtas, and accessories? The Archive Factory has you covered. Blogger duo Aarthy and Divya founded The Archive Factory to tackle the issue of fast fashion. The online store is curated by them and features an exhaustive collection of westernwear and more.

Shop at www.thearchivefactory.in

The Cause Wear

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The Cause Wear is all about #FashionForACause. They sell a selection of sustainable merchandise and preloved clothing to raise money for causes, including supporting the transgender communities and women’s rights. Founded by Shreya Chauhan, the brand is growing at a rapid pace, and on offer on their website are apparel for both men and women.

Shop at www.causewear.com

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Devanshi Kapadia

Kapadia is a content writer & creator. For over six years, she’s worked with brands and digital portals like Asian Paints, Kellogg’s, Glamrs, MissMalini.com, and more. Reading is her first love and she’s got a penchant for drama. So, you can always find her chasing a good story.