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These two women want to change the way Detroiters feel about thrift shopping

They’re holding their next pop-up shop on June 17.

Photo courtesy of The Detroit Riot

After a taking a trip to Paris last year, Detroiters and best friends Myka Watts and Iesha Mitchell were inspired by the massive thrift shopping culture they experienced.

“Our friends made it a thing to go thrifting because it's the fashion capital of the world,” Watts says.

Watts says that she saw streets filled with thrift stores. Some that charged by weight, some that were donation based and some that were more vintage or modern than others.

After returning back home to Detroit, the Watts and Mitchell put their thrifting plans into action and started The Detroit Riot, a pop-up thrift and retail store.

Just one year of business later, The Detroit Riot is set to host its fourth thrifting pop-up shop this weekend-- which will have a Juneteenth theme.

They wanted to use their platform as an educational moment to increase awareness to the meaning of the Juneteenth holiday. Watts says, they want to “spark influence that will eventually lead to more celebrations throughout the city.”

“People riot because they want to see change,” Watts says. “We want to change the way people think about resale retail in Detroit.”

Think of it as a curated thrifting experience, with hand-picked stock in a wide range of sizes.

“[We’re] thrifting for you, taking the pressure off of you,” Watts says. “We are trying to make thrifting cool-- especially in the black community.”

“I feel like we always get tied to the new or something that cost X amount of dollars.” Mitchell continues. “People of all incomes can come shop with us. We don't want it to become inaccessible for people.”

Knowing that shopping can be stressful, Watts says that they plan for the event to be a relaxed environment with “good energy.” Mitchell added they want their shoppers to be able to network among themselves and  “go about shopping like they would at a mall.”

Their plan is to “change the stigma on what it means to be a thrifter, a detroiter, young professional, young millennial.”

The Detroit Riot will host it’s Juneteenth themed pop-up, 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, June 17 at the Grand River Workplace in Northwest Detroit. The event is free to attend. Other vendors alongside the Detroit Riot include EnBois Detroit, TheHappening and VERTU 31, with food from local chef, Devon Williams also available for purchase.

Those interested are encouraged to RSVP at TheDetRiot.com.

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