Thrift store bus tours Utah, gaining social media street cred

Feb 19, 2024, 6:30 AM

Collin McLaughin and friends pose for a photo atop their increasingly popular vintage retail space ...

Collin McLaughin and friends pose for a photo atop their increasingly popular vintage retail space housed in a school bus. They drive the bus around Utah, bringing whit them a unique shopping experience. (Not A Thrift Store)

(Not A Thrift Store)

SPANISH FORK — A hybrid social-shopping experience run out of a school bus is gaining notoriety among young Utahns for its ability to offer a unique vintage clothing shopping experience.

From being temporarily shut down by the police to experiencing spikes in business that have left them without inventory to sell at times, the ironically named Not A Thrift Store has experienced its fair share of bumps in the road. However, this hasn’t stopped its young operators from working long days and nights to expand their brand of kindness, inclusivity and vintage clothing.

Kaysen Stevens, a young entrepreneur from Spanish Fork, purchased his first school bus at the age of 15, after selling homemade caramel apples door to door, with the intention of using the bus as a hangout space for him and his friends. He had no clue then that he would go on to use the bus to start a mobile thrift store that would go on to sell upwards of 300-500 pieces of clothing in every city it parks in.

Initially, the plan was to use the renovated bus as an Airbnb rental when he and his friends weren’t using it; however, he quickly discovered that he wasn’t equipped financially to seriously renovate the dilapidated bus. Last year, Stevens said that the idea came to him to begin selling clothes that he’d been meaning to get rid of out of the bus to raise money to renovate the bus into a rental space.

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