Who started Threads Redeemed?
A college student from Florida named Moriah! She is extremely passionate about injustice and empowering people to boldly be themselves. Through Threads Redeemed she has combined her hobbies and passions to create a way to shine a light on unseen beauty. Tyler, her husband, joined her in her passion and they now run Threads Redeemed together.
How did you get into thrifting?
"I started out thrifting as a quick and cheap way to be creative. It also became a way for me to be alone with the Lord. I am very introverted and I live at college so any time I could leave and recharge while doing something I loved, I would do it. I used to drag Tyler along while we were dating, but he quickly fell in love with it as well and he now is the brains behind so much of our business."
What gave you the idea for Threads Redeemed?
"I've loved thrifting for a while. I also started to think it was something I could do when I started thrifting clothes for my friends. They would join me on trips to the thrift store, and I would grab things for them to try. It was fun to shock people with what could be found at a thrift store. I started following reselling businesses that ranged from personal sites to eBay to Postmark and realized it was something I wanted to challenge myself with - to start a business."
Why "Threads Redeemed?"
"There is something beautiful about taking a tossed away garment, and using it beautifully with a new purpose. Thats what redemption is all about. Regaining what was once lost. The process of renewing something once rejected aligns with the Gospel so well - which is why I chose the word 'redeemed.' Threads are what make up a garment, so I chose 'threads' because together they create beauty - as does/should the church. I chose 'Threads Redeemed' over 'Redeemed Threads' because it creates a deeper meaning. 'Redeemed' is no longer a past adjective, but a more present one - a current, stronger action."
Why does it matter?
"Redemption always matters. Being true to oneself always matters. You always matter. We don't look like replicas of each other, so why try to dress like one? Through Threads Redeemed I want more than clothes to be repurposed, but women as well. I hope that women realize they can simply dress as themselves - dress spunky or mild, bold or soft. I hope their sense of pride and confidence in themselves is emboldened and redeemed."
Why should we thrift or buy vintage instead of buy new?
"So many reasons: First, thrifting and buying vintage leaves a much smaller carbon footprint than buying new. Local thrift stores often support those in need around the community as well as pay fairer wages than large factories. By buying from thrift stores (or shops like ours) you are not only supporting other small business, but also supporting business that treat employees fairer. Second, 13 million tons of textile waste goes to landfills every year. By thrifting (and donating) your used clothes, that number decreases significantly. Third, vintage is just better - made better, styled better, designed better."
What is one thing you want people to learn through Threads Redeemed?
"To love themselves. That thrifting isn't gross or just for the underprivileged. That clothes are a way to stand tall and be creative. That they are beautiful. Thats it - I want people to see beauty where they didn't before."