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Clothes as Currency: Grahamstown’s thriving thrift culture

Just in case you were of the opinion that Grahamstown’s geographical positioning as a small town situated somewhere in the middle of nowhere on the southern continent of South Africa, rendered it immune from the influence of this global trend, I’m about to burst your bubble of ignorant bliss. Grahamstown is not immune to the cultural phenomenon called thrifting.

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Clothes as Currency: Out with the new and in with the old

“I wear your granddad’s clothes, damn right
I look incredible, now come on, man
I’m in this big ass coat
From that thrift shop down the road. Let’s go” – Macklemore, Thrift shop, 2013.

Macklemore sings about it, and the evolution of fashion and counterculture trends continue to keep the lyrics alive, ensuring that thrifting remains a cultural phenomenon.

The carefully-constructed materials we use to cover our bodies are not just commodities. This is evident in the fact that after months, years or decades of wears, the possibility remains to still get something out of the well-served item of clothing, and I’m not talking about more wears (or perhaps you’ll get that too if you’re lucky).

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Bead who you are

Fashion is never just fashion. What we wear tells the story of who we are, where we come from and how we feel. Take a look at African beadwork for example: Admired for its intricate designs, patterns and colour combinations, the jewellery has fast become a huge part of contemporary Western Fashion. However, the cultural and historical significance belonging to the beads and the hands that weave them contain a far deeper story and message.

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I’ve got a friend in Me Part 3: Lights, Camera, Laugh

“Seems the only one who doesn’t see your beauty                                                                           Is  the face in the mirror looking back at you
You walk around here thinking you’re not pretty                                                                             But that’s not true 

… And you’re tied together with a smile
But you’re coming undone.
”  —Taylor Swift, ‘Tied together with a smile”

Dear Self,

It’s that time of year again when you add an extra number to your age,  but I really don’t think I have to tell you though because you remind me of that exciting little detail like three times a day.

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I’ve got a friend in me Part 2: Learning to be my own hype-team

“All that you need to love is in front of your eyes” -Josh Groban.

Dear Self,

This is my first attempt at writing you a letter. Ever. No, wait, I wrote you a letter when I was thirteen during a school camp as part of a ‘self-growth’ activity. The task was to write a letter addressed to ourselves listing areas of our life or character that we wanted to change or work on. Then we were instructed to put it in an envelope and open it again at the end of the year, ‘marking our progress’. Novel idea.

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Spring clean your style

It’s out with the old, and in with the new. As magical and mystical as winter can be, (if you’re a glass-half-full kind of person) there’s nothing like welcoming the idea of new beginnings halfway through the year. While Spring is like a trial run of Summer, we don’t want to be caught off guard when the scorching summer sun descends on us in all its glory.

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