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Infographic: How Grahamstown’s thrift culture feeds the community

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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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