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Date: Dec 14 2007

Themes: Fashion


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Think of that favorite sweater or pair of jeans you’ve had for years. What if you lost it or it got worn out? Would you be able to replace it at a store?

Believe it or not, your best bet would probably be a thrift store. Thrift stores sell used clothes and household items. They’re also called secondhand stores. You can find things there they don’t make anymore.

A lot of thrift stores are run by churches and charities. People donate things they don’t want anymore to the store and all the money the store makes goes to the charity.

Listen to Marni and Jason talk about thrift stores.


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Marni:  So I got these shoes at a thrift store, a new thrift store that opened up recently.

Jason:  A new one?

Marni:  Yeah.

Jason:  Cool.

Marni:  There’s always new thrift stores opening up. You ever notice that?

Jason:  Really?

Marni:  Yeah. I think this area is very thrift-store oriented.

Jason:  Definitely. It’s cool because you can get things from the past that you can’t get anywhere else.

Marni:  It’s true.

Jason:  Like, I’ve get these really big blue gloves that I use for biking that are really waterproof but like, no one makes like, tacky blue gloves anymore, you know?

Marni:  Yeah, you basically have to find that kind of stuff at thrift stores.

Jason:  Yeah. The only problem is the effort it takes to find it. Going through the entire thrift store in search of that one treasure.

Marni:  You can’t go in lightly. You have to be ready to commit and sift through everything. I kind of love it. I have to be in the mindset of going and thrifting but I find if you’re up for it, you find great stuff.

Jason:  It just takes a long time. It’s really dusty sometimes.

Marni:  I know people who wear gloves. It kinda makes sense because sometimes you’re like, “Who was wearing this before? It could be some skanky old guy.” And yeah…like, you know, “Who was sitting on this before and what did they do on this couch?”

Jason:  Eh, it’s the same as a hotel or restaurant or something.

Marni:  I guess, but I figure a hotel at least you’re paying for it so hope that maybe somebody else was a little more…Yeah, now I’m kinda creeped out about hotels too. I’m probably just never gonna go to one again. Only stay in five stars. Yeah. that’s not gonna happen.



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Marni’s shoes came from a new thrift store. Jason is surprised that a new thrift store opened because they’re often very old and dingy. But Marni reminds him that people in Portland (where Marni and Jason live) are particularly interested in thrifting.

Jason likes thrift stores because you can get things there that aren’t available at new stores anymore. He has a favorite pair of gloves from the 80s that he got at a thrift store.

The only problem, he says, is that since every item in a thrift store is unique, it takes a lot of searching to find anything you like. Marni says that if she gets in the right mood she enjoys searching through a thrift store. She knows people who wear gloves when they go to thrift stores because you never know where the items came from.

Furniture, particularly couches, can be a little sketchy, since the people used to own them might have done…well, who knows. It’s probably not best to think about it.

Jason points out that thrift store couches aren’t any different than furniture in a hotel room. Marni thinks about it for a second and decides she’s a little afraid of hotels too!

Have you ever found anything really great at a thrift store? How would you feel about sitting on a secondhand couch?



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Yeah, thrifting becomes more modern day by day. And it says that there are poor & rich people in every country. But sometimes it helps to find some unique items there like as old style of Russian toys, musical instruments, cameras, You can see many foreigners here in my country who looks for such antiques in thrifting store. 

As for Marni & Jason, i think if they really like to buy some clothers from thrifting store , they should be carefull coz everything must be D/D free.

03:58 AM Dec 18 2007 |

Mebal Lee

Mebal Lee


...I don't like using stuff which others disposed of~

03:03 AM Dec 18 2007 |



I don't believe in fashion but i believe in usefulness and i do delieve that the more thrifty we are the stronger our karma is . PEACE

10:07 PM Dec 17 2007 |

Ercan Sonmez


I hadn't had any experience before something like that but it would be useful for poor people. Anyway great idea !...

08:39 PM Dec 17 2007 |



Viet Nam

Thrift stores are awesome! My books, shoes, bags… I got most of them from thrift stores. I can find some rare items that other people may envy.

04:15 PM Dec 17 2007 |



I don"t think it is a joke.

09:26 AM Dec 17 2007 |




a new comer

09:14 AM Dec 17 2007 |





08:05 AM Dec 17 2007 |



i often go to the second hand book store.

03:07 AM Dec 17 2007 |



 we know wasting things is a kind of sin.thrift store is really a good idea to make full use of the limted resourses we have and reduce waste and pollution,at the same time,if it is cheap enough , it can benefit the poor a lot .in every country , thrift is worth advocating. but because of this or that reason , some people don't like to accept it .every coin has two sides , so does going to a thrift store .there is no doubt the idea is good , the problem is whether we can find practical methods to improve it .i mean  how we can make sure that the stuff is good and safe enough ,and how to sweep away people's worries while they are choosing them. i think nobbody likes to hunt for what they want ,wearing a thick glove, with their heats beating fast , afraid of  touching sth bad .it is a big problem ,but is worth trying.

01:26 AM Dec 17 2007 |




12:55 AM Dec 17 2007 |



Saudi Arabia

i like this thrift stores coz they enable so many to get things easily

12:52 AM Dec 17 2007 |



Good lucy and same with you, i still want to get heavy support from everyone in your yard. if have any chance, could connect with directly…

12:43 AM Dec 17 2007 |




haha, when i were a child, i have many secondhand clothes freely from my brother.

07:59 PM Dec 16 2007 |



Saudi Arabia

Smilethrift stores its anice .becusea its have thing we can use it .

06:23 PM Dec 16 2007 |



holla a todos

05:33 PM Dec 16 2007 |




There is no thrift stores in my city.What a pity! That’s really a nice place I may get something I like.If possible, I would open one.

03:12 PM Dec 16 2007 |




i am ben ,can we make friends.you can talk with me on skype.my skype is lzx-mh


03:03 PM Dec 16 2007 |




i am Ben ,can i make friends? you can talk with me on skype.my skype is lzx-mh.i hope i can talk  with you on skype


03:01 PM Dec 16 2007 |


Iran, Islamic Republic Of

Im new student .we have this stores in our country,too.but i don`t like to buy secondhand itemes from these stores

02:21 PM Dec 16 2007 |

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