Introduction to Popular Culture Studies


Posted by emilyjones232 on February 13, 2017

The first thing that came to my mind when reading the first article for this week, A Global History of Secondhand Clothing was thrift shopping. If you have been living under a rock forever, it is when you go shopping at a “thrift store” such as Goodwill or The Salvation Army. Thrifting has become very much a mainstream practice in the last few years, even having hit songs written about it (Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop”).

Clothing has always been a large part of our culture. You can identify someone’s status and wealth with just one look at what they are wearing. The clothes we wear send a message about who we are. However, with the trend of thrifting, it is harder to identify who a person is because it is the same for everyone.

It is no question that our generation is obsessed with anything “vintage” or “retro”. I know for myself I own a record player and always go through the $5  CD bin when I am at Walmart. This attitude trickles over to our fashion choices. People are all about vintage clothes and looking “retro-chic”. I cannot tell you how many times I have told someone I liked their shirt or their shoes and they respond with “Thanks, I got it at a thrift store for REALLY cheap!”

Thrifting has branched out to major brands as well, who are copying vintage styles and bringing it back around to mainstream culture. It is a testament to history repeating itself and fashion repeating itself.



2 Responses to “Thrifting”

  1. lillieeastham said

    I think it’s interesting how we base status off of clothing but are simultaneously proud of finding clothing at a thrift shop. I know I’m much more impressed when someone has on a cute outfit that they put together from Goodwill than if they simply bought it from a high end store.

  2. kaufmansw said

    I’m glad you brought the term thrifting up because I use it all the time and half the people ask me what I’m talking about. I don’t understand why some people have to have the name brand clothing when they could buy something quite similar but for much cheaper. If I had to guess, I would say it’s a status thing but I honestly couldn’t tell ya.

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