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Fetishized Thrifting Culture Contributes to Gentrification

by Catherine Bither

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Although thrift stores have many benefits, sustainable fashion bloggers claim, there seems to be a lack of online literature about the potential harms caused by thrift shopping. These blogs encourage and elicit moral superiority through purchasing power without regarding the negative impact that thrifting has on the nearby communities. For example, Goodwill Industries and The Salvation Army both employ community members and help surrounding communities by using funds to support individuals and communities economically, allowing the two thrift chains to both employ and serve surrounding communities. However, their rise in popularity as well as the radical shift in their image has prompted them to cater to a more elite range of clients.

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