It was 99 cents!
By Jackie Rodriguez
Your trash can become another person’s treasure, as was the case for Northsiders shopping at the third annual NCP Thrift Shop. Northside’s Student Environmental Action Organization (SEAO) club ran the Thrift Store from Jan. 22 to Jan. 24. The shop was set up in the main lobby on the first floor of the school.
Recently, SEAO club member, Deirdre Nash, Adv. 002, created an online petition to raise awareness surrounding the issue of migratory birds dying due to the transparent windows on the back of the building. The description of the petition reads: “In 2018, over 120 birds died due to collisions with Northside windows. Many of these were migratory birds unfamiliar with reflective and transparent glass.” According to Kendra Latchik, Adv. 908, the funds raised from the Thrift Store will support SEAO’s bird-collision project. She said that the club is “very close to achieving our primary objective of installing apparatus on Northside’s windows that will deter birds from colliding with them” and says that they “have funds saved up, over 1,500 supporters from a recent petition, and NCP’s engineers said they would be able to do the installation, so we are just waiting on official approval from administration.” By limiting exterior lighting at night and installing bird-safe window, there would be a drastic drop in number of bird fatalities.
Thrift shopping is typically viewed as way for people to save money when in reality, it has a much larger impact. Every second-hand garment purchased reduces waste and pollution. Textile production uses more natural resources than most people would expect. For example, it takes about 700 gallons of water to produce just one t-shirt. By thrift shopping, you are utilizing clothes that are already in the system, rather than buying new and putting new clothes into the system. Latchik said to “think of all the natural resources you are saving by using a piece of clothing for the second or third time, rather than the first time! Plus, it’s cheaper and you can find a lot more nice stuff than you would expect.”
With regard to the future of the NCP Thrift Shop, Latchik said, “Hopefully next year, we can balance location and spacing. This year, we probably had more traffic, but spacing was an issue.”
What happens to the clothes that the club does not sell? “We keep some of the nicer clothes to resell at the thrift shop next year,” said Latchik, “while the rest are donated to local thrift stores in the area. We ensure that all of the clothes are put to good use somehow.”