Now before I begin, I would like to start off by saying I am by no means someone remotely competent in the fashion world. Nor have I ever heard of Jessi Arrington or what she stood for before I saw this video for the first time. But after watching I am pleasantly surprised to hear someone advocating shopping at thrift stores long before Macklemore made it famous with his hit single “Thrift Shop”. For a lot of people “Thrift shop” put shopping at once used clothing stores on the map, but since this video came out in 2011, I’m very happy to see that almost 1 million people have gotten to hear Jessi’s message about self confidence and your ability to dress uniquly, stand out, and save money.
I think this message get’s over shadowed by the hype that Macklemore got with his song, but in essence the idea of shopping at thrift stores, is a movement that is here to stay. Being someone that since coming to college, has saved hundreds of dollars, while expanding my wardrobe in a way that keeps products in circulation longer. As apposed to when stores such as Buffalo Exchange or Crossroads weren’t viable options to shop at when I was in high school for example when I would have dreamed about a store where I didn’t have to go to Macy’s to buy a stupid shirt with a brand name on it.
I like to think of these thrift shops really as a farmers market of clothing, and being in Seattle, we are in the epicenter of the Macklemore-cetric state of mind. I hope thrift stores like this continue to spread around the country encouraging people to dress a little differently, save some money, as well as recycle and give back clothes that might just be sitting in a box in your closet. It’s pretty simple, one man/woman’s trash is another person’s treasure.