Darker side of thrifting

Read the full story at Q Magazine.

Being told no when donating your belongings is an odd feeling. It’s natural to think we are being good Samaritans, that we are certainly helping someone by letting go of things we don’t need anymore. Perhaps we convince ourselves we are heroes for parting with the excess in our lives because without us, people in need would be hopeless. But this narrative just isn’t true. The trouble lies in the lifestyle that supports this type of thinking, which is based on glorification of overconsumption, short-lived use, and eventual disposal. The lifestyle in question is synonymous with Western culture, as it pertains to a particular sense of Americanness.

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