Lifestyle

So a shop selling second-hand clothes is humiliating to walk into? Think twice.

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In many places abroad, the concept of having ‘thrift shops’ has taken over. These aren’t exactly made for the poorer population, but also for those who want to find great things in cheap prices, be it any class.

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Typically opened to raise funds for a church or charity, these thrift shops have clothes from people all over, who give away their clothes, books, shoes and other accessories that they are no longer using, for charitable purposes.

Here’s a chance for you to listen to this famous Macklemore song “Thrift Shop” to give you an idea about the coolness of thrift shopping:

According to theory, thrift shops end up saving landfill space, are efficient, and overall benefitting to the community.

Think of the concept of having a ‘wall of humanity’ in Pakistan, where people put their old clothes and things they no longer use (even food that has been saved) in an effort to help those in need, and for free. Thrift shops usually don’t offer things for free, but are so cheap that the average poor person can end up buying a lot at these shops.

So why is the concept of second-hand shopping still so embarrassing in Pakistan?

You might not know it, but a lot of nice shopping is still done from Pakistan’s ‘Landaa Bazaar’ and ‘Anaarkali’, where you can buy all these really expensive jackets that you see at the top-luxury fashion stores, for cheap.

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Yes, there’s a lot of junk there, but you can find something nice if you look hard enough, trust us.
Here’s hoping people start accepting ‘thrift shopping’ in Pakistan, and we end up having our very own thrift shops soon! (Even though we already have shops where clothes are being sold at very low prices: eg Hyperstar, Fortress Square, Liberty, etc).