Cultural Hub

Growing up in a Jamaican household, I was never really exposed to thrift stores or anything of the sort until I moved to Boston. This fairly urban community was filled with the great idea of a store that had hidden treasure for everyone but the original owners. In an article written by Ralph Mills entitled “Why your trash is archaeologist’s treasure” he speaks of people desiring these objects that some ordinary people see as trash. These material objects lose meaning on a personal level when they are sold to the thrift stores, but also gains significant importance from the lucky buyer.

The idea of thrift store is remarkable because it brings together different articles of clothing and accessories all for a lower price than it was originally sold for. Many thrift stores are also partnered with various charities that receive some proceeds for the stores. Thrifting is also a good way to support low income communities due to being a alternative way to shop. But the most compelling argument in support of thrift stores is because they essentially bring together representations of human history that have no purpose being in the same setting, much like a museum.

Thrift stores are cultural hubs that encourage people to diversify their taste in fashion. Mills makes it clear that he believes that these items have lost their cultural value and is merely waiting to have monetary and sentimental value placed on it. That I believe isn’t true at all due to these store owners making sure that these stores don’t only carry a certain style, instead they have an impressive display of selections. Thus thrift stores should be respected more because of it’s cosmopolitan take on fashion.