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Years ago, when second hand stores were barely popping up here and there in Bulgaria, thfirting was regarded as icky, unclean and overall humiliating. I suppose this is a normal reaction to something that has just recently started to appear, but now? When we’re living in the 21st century, with so much second hand, thrift and vintage stores around the globe, many people still consider it as a sign of poverty and uncleanliness. Even here, in Bulgaria, where the average wage is 300USD, second hand shopping is looked down on with prejudice.
It’s funny, because those exact same people that find it humiliating and degrading, get their merchandize from brands that are famous for their sweatshops with poor working conditions, inhumane treatment and unclean environment. I’m not saying that all the items from second hand shops haven’t been made in sweatshops, most of them were, but when you’re buying it from a charity shop, or whatever, at least you’re not directly pouring your money in all those fancy shmancy brands, and many second hand shops give away part of their income for noble causes.
I’m writing this post, because of the recent Bangladesh outrage in Gazipur (http://rt.com/news/bangladesh-garment-protest-clashes-244/). It really angers me, because even though so many people are striking, even though so many people are signing petitions and writing letters to different factories, those brands are still making the same damn, fucking excuse over and over again, and doing nothing.
“If you stop bying from us, we’ll bancrupt and we won’t be able to pay these poor workers wages and they will starve”.
Really? Is that the best you could come up with? Not buying anything from you, doesn’t mean people want you to go bankrupt. This is a nonverbal protest against your inhumane policy, and a “gentle” suggestion to change your working conditions. The intentions of all those people who stopped shopping from your store, isn’t to make millions of people starve to death and leave them jobless, this is for you to decide. Whether you change your policy or you go bankrupt, is your decision only. And not one of them gives a flying fuck about this.
The worst part is, there is no way you could know for certain who owns sweatshops with inhumane treatment and who doesn’t. (Does anyone know of a way? Some sort of organization, perhaps, that keeps track of all this?)
There is a reason I don’t like all the pretentious “fashion icons”, the snobby fashion shows, the whole industry even. Because, you can make a t-shirt and sell it for 400$, because it’s better than a normal t-shirt for whatever the fuck reason, and you can make a t-shirt and sell it for 20$, like a normal human being. Either way all those money won’t go to people who need them.
I had a colleague of mine, who loved Lacoste. I asked him why did he love it so much, because for me it’s just as generic as most brandss, with the main difference that it’s hugely overpriced. And he answered that he felt it was different, he felt good in all those clothes. When I asked him, how was it different he didn’t have an answer. And my personal thought on this, (not saying that I’m right) is that he felt more right with this brand, because it was overpriced. Just like so many vintage clothes out there which are just normal clothes really, but you put a label “vintage” and all of a sudden their value rises.We’d like to think that we’re economically reasonable human beings, but we’re not.
There are factories here in Bulgaria, which produce many famous brands of clothes, like Lacoste, Nike, River Island. And you can visit these stores and buy the exact same garment on a MUCH, MUCH, MUCH lower price, than what they are sold for. But there is a difference between seeing something expensive and seeing the same damn thing, but a lot cheaper. We think quality=price, but most of the times, that is not the case.
My point is, don’t be ashamed or grossed out of buying second hand. Many people don’t have the slightest idea what’s going on around them, they will believe their snobbish existence is better, don’t let those people dictate your actions, instead be able to decide for yourself and to think for yourself.
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