I am a Gen-Zer That See’s a Problem With Thrifting.

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Thrifting is the new phenomenon among young fashion enthusiasts include millennials and gen-z’ers. Second-hand or pre-loved fashion is the preferred way of shopping because of the affordability and the desire to own vintage pieces. The 90s and early 2000s pieces are what the people want nowadays and the only way to achieve those pieces and aesthetics is to thrift. Now, this raises the question, should everyone be able to thrift?

Thrifting was originally a way to help the less fortunate buy great quality clothes or a lesser price. This was able to be done through donations from people who were throwing out old clothes that they grew out of or just were not their style anymore. Thrifting has always been around but over the last few years, it is now a great shopping experience for many millennials and gen-z’ers. 

When I get on social media today, I see many guys and gals doing thrift hauls and showing off outfits that have been 100% thrifted. Most of the people that are major thrifters are usually….. Wealthy people. With the thrifting “trend” leaves people who actually NEED to shop at thrift stores with little to nothing. 

Fashion is always changing (and when I say always, I mean ALWAYS.) The girlies today have put super glammed-out Paris Hilton-inspired looks to the side and have opped out for settled looks that include basic low-rise jeans, basic tees, flannels, lace tops, lace bottoms, a graphic tees. And you know where they get all these pieces from ? a thrift store. 

Personally, I don’t have a problem with thrift stores. I see them as another way to get affordable fashion pieces and really unlock different fashion vaults that are meant to be seen. Some of the most classic pieces in my closet come from thrift stores. These second-hand clothing stores also are very dear to me because when your girls’ wallet is a little tight, I am able to walk in and find a full outfit for a price that makes my bank account happy.

The only thing is that I look at wealthy people a little sideways when they are in thrift stores buying $600 worth of clothes. I feel ( and don’t fight me because I know how you girls like to tussle) that wealthy people do it for the “aesthetic” and not actually appreciate the clothing. Many do not understand that less fortunate people actually need these clothing pieces and for a person to come in and dang there to buy up all the good quality pieces is bizarre. 

I am a firm believer in obtaining the best clothing pieces for great prices but also being courteous and aware that others less fortunate need them too.  

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Taylor Goodson
Taylor Goodson is a mass media arts major with a concentration in journalism and a minor in fashion merchandising at Clark Atlanta University. Taylor is from Carson, California (Del Amo to be exact) where they breed nothing but stars. She first began loving fashion after watching the hit show That’s So Raven (which is still her favorite show). On Taylor’s free time she is reading and writing the latest fashion news, trends, tips and more on her blog DopeFashionSense.com. If you need to reach Taylor, she’s probably watching re-runs of Sex and the City.