Meet the Team: Collin

Whether you’re new to Thrift 2 Fight or you’ve been following along for more than a year, we wanted to take a moment to introduce the members of the leadership team who have dedicated themselves to building this organization. From setting up on their own porches to going on a statewide tour and opening a retail store, these individuals have carved out their vision for an organization which blends their passion for fashion and sustainability with activism and the desire to create change.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be taking a little time out to introduce each member of the core team. Up first in this series, allow me to introduce Collin.

A Little Background:

A native of Tennessee, Collin earned a BM in Clarinet Performance from Vanderbilt University, an MM in Clarinet Performance from Indiana University, and a Certificate in Advanced Performance Studies from Bard College Conservatory of Music. He serves as Thrift 2 Fight’s head of business logistics.

What can you tell me about your role at T2F?

Because I moved to working remotely for Thrift 2 Fight from California last Fall, all of my work is digital, computer-based, and primarily centers around finances & digital marketing. A typical day for me might involve financial planning for the business, analyzing sales, writing our weekly newsletter, updating our website or online store, and/or creating content for Instagram & Facebook.

A Little Background:

A native of Tennessee, Collin earned a BM in Clarinet Performance from Vanderbilt University, an MM in Clarinet Performance from Indiana University, and a Certificate in Advanced Performance Studies from Bard College Conservatory of Music. He serves as Thrift 2 Fight’s head of business logistics.

What can you tell me about your role at T2F?

Because I moved to working remotely for Thrift 2 Fight from California last Fall, all of my work is digital, computer-based, and primarily centers around finances & digital marketing. A typical day for me might involve financial planning for the business, analyzing sales, writing our weekly newsletter, updating our website or online store, and/or creating content for Instagram & Facebook.

How did you become involved in T2F?

I met one of my fellow co-founders, Jillian Reed, through our music studies at Bard College – we were placed into a woodwind quintet together in Fall 2019 and became good friends through that. By Fall 2020, Thrift 2 Fight was a few months underway, and with classical music opportunities few and far between in those early, pre-vaccine months of the pandemic, I was eager for another venture to pour my passion and dedication into – the rest is history!

What is your favorite experience with T2F, so far?

My favorite experience with T2F would have to be our Davis Projects for Peace Tour from Summer 2020 – over 3 weekends, we traveled to 9 different cities in NY to raise money for local, grassroots activists in each part of the state. This involved packing a 16ft U-Haul truck full of clothes and driving it for hundreds of miles (including through congested traffic in NYC) and setting up outdoor pop-up sales in unfamiliar locations and in a very short time frame. I was working another full-time job during the weekdays at that time as well, so it was 3 weeks of non-stop working, traveling, and engaging with communities – but the entire experience was truly unforgettable, and I’ll treasure those memories always. 

What is your favorite thrifted find?

My favorite thrifted item that I own is a simple, silver ring that I got at an outdoor thrift fair in Brooklyn last summer – I don’t wear jewelry very often, but it’s the perfect piece for making any outfit feel special. 

What is your favorite experience with T2F, so far?

My favorite experience with T2F would have to be our Davis Projects for Peace Tour from Summer 2020 – over 3 weekends, we traveled to 9 different cities in NY to raise money for local, grassroots activists in each part of the state. This involved packing a 16ft U-Haul truck full of clothes and driving it for hundreds of miles (including through congested traffic in NYC) and setting up outdoor pop-up sales in unfamiliar locations and in a very short time frame. I was working another full-time job during the weekdays at that time as well, so it was 3 weeks of non-stop working, traveling, and engaging with communities – but the entire experience was truly unforgettable, and I’ll treasure those memories always. 

What is your favorite thrifted find?

My favorite thrifted item that I own is a simple, silver ring that I got at an outdoor thrift fair in Brooklyn last summer – I don’t wear jewelry very often, but it’s the perfect piece for making any outfit feel special. 

What long term goal of T2F are you most excited about?

In conjunction with raising funds for grassroots activist organizations, another priority of Thrift 2 Fight’s is empowering people to engage and interact with their own communities to raise funds for causes that are important to them. We’re currently building relationships with several colleges in New York, including Bard College, Vassar College, Marist College, and SUNY Buffalo State, and engaging with students who are passionate about racial & social justice, fashion, sustainability, and business. Through collaborative events with the students, faculty, and staff at these schools, we hope to inspire others to see just what is possible through a self-started initiative & business like Thrift 2 Fight. 

What have you learned through your work with T2F?

While there are so many different things I’ve learned through my work at Thrift 2 Fight – the ins and outs of starting and running a business, stats on waste generated by the fashion industry, and the obstacles that activist organizations face in their work, to name a few – the one thing that stands out the most to me is the importance of balance. Often it can be really easy to slip into patterns of over-prioritization and thinking about that “one thing” that is just the most important, and I’ve found that always returning to a state of equilibrium and balance allows you to see things with greater clarity and to move forward more efficiently.

Define your style in 3 words?

Classic, Chic, & Cozy

Eleni Georgiadis

Eleni Georgiadis is a classically trained horn player currently residing in Kentucky. Outside of music, she enjoys knitting, sewing, composting, kombucha brewing, and spending time outdoors. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to share her thoughts about sustainability and inclusivity in fashion, weaving together her technical knowledge, passion, and research.

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