We strive to constantly and consciously combat systemic racism, ableism, and social injustice with every action we take. We know that this requires fighting for the abolition of police, prisons, and other inherently corrupt and colonialist systems. Creating just alternatives to these systems is an essential part of abolition.
As a retail business, we bear the responsibility of taking care of our community and divesting from exploitation, environmental destruction, and centralization of power.
When you thrift to fight, you are welcomed & accepted. Your identity is your crown. It’s our honor to provide the rest of the accessories.
Thrift 2 Fight is, first and foremost, a means of funding and amplifying the work of grassroots activists who are and have been fighting for equity and social justice. This is an act of solidarity.
Here, financially contributing to causes you care about does not have to be a rare privilege.
Where there is learning, there are mistakes. Everyone involved with Thrift 2 Fight is expected to practice radical accountability, both between each other and with our community. We accept and welcome feedback, criticism, and ideas for how we can hone our work to best serve our community.
We started this movement with volunteer-run pop-up thrift sales to raise funds for grassroots activism, and we want it to continue expanding throughout the United States and beyond – be that on lawns, college campuses, or parking lots around the world. If you are interested in getting involved, let us know!
HOW WE’RE DIFFERENT
— Old Models
Thrift 2 Fight is a shift from the antiquated “charity shop” formula. In that outdated model, the giver is on a privileged pedestal and the receiver is an abstract, disadvantaged “other.”
The needs of the receiver often go un-examined, meaning that their roots in white supremacy, the Prison Industrial Complex, exploitative capitalism, racism, sexism, & ableism go un-examined as well.
— New Priorities
Thrift 2 Fight instead prioritizes addressing and engaging with these root problems.
We are creating a system of generative & circular community care, where community members are able to buy the goods they need at prices they can afford.
We also provide an opportunity for people to learn about activists & organizations in their community, while helping to fund that activism with their purchase.
— Show the Receipts
This confrontation of a system of exploitation and a re-imagining of community-centered retail is what sets Thrift 2 Fight apart from Goodwill, Salvation Army, and other brick-and-mortar thrift stores. Our customers are empowered to know where their dollars go after exchanging them for stylish, affordable second hand clothing.
Our radical transparency with posted receipts and willingness to confront the need for real change is what will create & sustain a community of Thrifters & Fighters.
— Consistent Funding
10% of every item sold from the T2F Store in Tivoli and the T2F Online Store is donated to grassroots activists and organizations working at the intersections of racial justice, queer liberation, and disability rights activism. Structuring our donations as a consistent expense like this allows our funding to remain directly tied to the success of the business.
25% or more of every item sold at T2F Pop-Up Sales and Rack Residencies are donated to specific groups associated with each sale.
Siv, T2F Shopper
“Thrift 2 Fight has an excellently curated selection of vintage clothes, with a good variety of sizes which isn’t always true [of] secondhand!”
Jonah, T2F Shopper
“In a world filled with injustice, it’s hard to grapple with how to contribute to the efforts of retaining democracy and helping the people who need it most. Thrift 2 Fight kills two birds with one stone by providing not only a way to help, but a method of pursuing fashion devoid of child labor and environmentally unfriendly practices.”
Tyler, T2F Shopper
“I loved being able to support great causes while buying clothes at an affordable price. It was great to see people organizing and engaging during this isolating time. I’m looking forward to coming to more Thrift 2 Fight events in the future.”
Mila, T2F Shopper
“Thanks so much! I have a bunch of stuff that I’ve bought from y’all (both the shirt and skirt I’m wearing right now!).”