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Thrifters at d.tech: A first hand account of second hand clothing

Jaya Reddy | jreddy19@dtechhs.org | January 30, 2019

To some people, shopping second hand sounds completely strange and foreign. It’s something many might associate with being lower class, and question why you would choose to wear  used, outdated, and unwanted clothing.

Believe it or not, it’s not uncommon to shop second hand. In fact, out of 17 randomly surveyed d.tech students, seven said they thrift regularly. So, why would anyone want to shop in the random chaos that is a thrift store?

Junior Mia Tapia says you’re getting “a little bit of history” along with the things you buy and “it’s a way to connect with other generations of not only clothing, but the people who owned them before.”

Junior and senior English teacher, Lessley Anderson, says that thrifting is a great stress reliever. Looking through clothes that once belonged to someone else “allows you to bring their theatricality and whimsy into your everyday life” she explains. “We can’t all keep up with this never accomplishable standard of beauty [and] we don’t have to be so gosh darn serious all the time!” she chuckled.

Students like freshman Jaclyn Little believe that thrifting is a great way to find costume or project materials. Little says that her sister is “very designy” and sometimes she’ll help her “transform pieces of thrifted clothing into something really pretty” like ripped jeans with patches.

Others such as junior Ethan Shedd, find one-of-a-kind items. “Where else am I going to find rusty suspenders?” he asks.

Senior Dean Brown typically thrifts when looking for a costume for cosplay. He can usually spend less than 50 dollars for a full outfit. In October, Brown was searching for a classic tan trench coat to complete his Halloween look: Osamu Dazai, a Japanese short story writer. “It’s very hard to find things that you want because nothing is really organised,” Brown says. He eventually found a coat similar to his desired look after searching through three different stores. It wasn’t perfect, but he bought it anyway since it was only 20 dollars and he believed that buying one retail would cost a couple hundred.

Thrifting is good for more than just the end result of having clothing you want. Some people just go for the thrill of the chaise. It’s generally a dice roll when it comes to the quality of things you find when thrifting and you just “don’t know what’s going to happen!” says junior Anthony Guardado.

Another student, junior Geran Benson, visited a Buffalo Exchange store in Boston, and found a letter in the breast pocket of a blazer that directed him, scavenger hunt-style, to a used pair of Ray-Bans across the store. He purchased them for about 25 dollars and gave them to his brother as a graduation gift. “They were in pretty good condition,” Benson says.

Thrifting may sound fun and exiting, but it can be hard work finding something worth buying. Junior Benji Chang will go through every piece of clothing until he finds something that he likes. Chang says that he “once found a d.tech robotics shirt at Savers” in Redwood City. It may be difficult to uncover hidden gems amongst such wacky items, but it’s definitely worth it in the end.

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