WKU POP 201

Introduction to Popular Culture Studies

Thrifting

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.

 

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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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