"I really enjoy digging through stuff to find a little treasure, that feeling I get when I find something cool, it's like I just won the lottery.
"I remember when I started selling, when I'd go out sourcing, sometimes I get to the hospice [shop] and I'll just see all of the things I have to go through and I'd just turn around and leave thinking I don't have the energy for this. But recently I get in a zone where I want to go through those clothes, it's just kind of therapeutic in a sense," she says.
Her passion for thrifting isn't just linked to the joy of sifting through pre-owned clothing; it's about the environment too. Rossouw is all about sustainability and doing her bit to save the planet.
The fashion industry has disastrous impacts on the environment. Fast fashion has made clothing more affordable, but at a greater cost to the planet. The fashion industry is the second-largest polluter in the world, just behind the oil industry.
According to the UN Environment Programme, textile dyeing is the second-largest polluter of water globally. In many countries, untreated toxic waste from textile factories is dumped into rivers. A lot of clothing ends up in landfills.
"The amount of waste that ends up in landfills, it's just ridiculous and the fact that it doesn't decompose... we need to start rethinking. I don't think thrifting is the answer, but it's a step into a more ethical way where we can make fashion that's ethically and sustainably made," Rossouw says.
Over in Fourways, Johannesburg, former Banyana Banyana footballer Pinky Matjekane also has a passion for fashion and a purpose behind her thrifting business. Matjekane, 37, was introduced to thrifting in the US when she was studying at Alabama Agricultural & Mechanical University.
"I first met these guys in the US in around 2010/2011. I wanted to come back home to SA and I had too many clothes that I didn't want to give away or sell. So a friend of mine introduced me to these guys.
They have a shipping company, but they also do thrifting. So basically they thrift clothes, shoes, bags from the US to different countries in Africa. They get the clothes from charities, runways, some are donations from different organisations. From there they have guys in different counties that distribute the clothes," Matjekane says.
It wasn't until she was back in SA and working as a marketing manager that she revisited the idea of selling clothes. She started off with bracelets and scarves. Like Rossouw, Matjekane also lost her job during the lockdown. And this also gave her an opportunity to grow her thrifting business.
"In 2019 I was still working and during lunchtime I'd go knock on office doors selling clothes. I started having a database of people who would buy from me. In 2020, when Covid-19 hit, my business boomed.