From Goodwill to grunge : a history of secondhand styles and alternative economies (Book, 2017) [WorldCat.org]
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From Goodwill to grunge : a history of secondhand styles and alternative economies

Author: Jennifer Le Zotte
Publisher: Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2017]
Series: Studies in United States culture.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In this surprising new look at how clothing, style, and commerce came together to change American culture, Jennifer Le Zotte examines how secondhand goods sold at thrift stores, flea markets, and garage sales came to be both profitable and culturally influential. Initially, selling used goods in the United States was seen as a questionable enterprise focused largely on the poor. But as the twentieth century  Read more...
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jennifer Le Zotte
ISBN: 9781469631899 146963189X 9781469631905 1469631903
OCLC Number: 951094409
Description: xiv, 326 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Thrift stores and the Gilded Age shopper --
Dressing Dada and the rise of flea markets --
Garage sales and suburban subversiveness --
The invention of vintage clothing --
Elective poverty and postwar politics --
Genderfuck and the boyfriend look --
Connoisseurs of trash in a world full of it --
Epilogue: popping tags in the twenty-first century.
Series Title: Studies in United States culture.
Other Titles: History of secondhand styles and alternative economies
Responsibility: Jennifer Le Zotte.

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In this surprising new look at how clothing, style, and commerce came together to change American culture, Jennifer Le Zotte examines how secondhand goods sold at thrift stores, flea markets, and garage sales came to be both profitable and culturally influential. Initially, selling used goods in the United States was seen as a questionable enterprise focused largely on the poor. But as the twentieth century progressed, multimillion-dollar businesses like Goodwill Industries developed, catering not only to the needy but increasingly to well-off customers looking to make a statement. Le Zotte traces the origins and meanings of "secondhand style" and explores how buying pre-owned goods went from a signifier of poverty to a declaration of rebellion. Considering buyers and sellers from across the political and economic spectrum, Le Zotte shows how conservative and progressive social activists--from religious and business leaders to anti-Vietnam protesters and drag queens--shrewdly used the exchange of secondhand goods for economic and political ends. At the same time, artists and performers, from Marcel Duchamp and Fanny Brice to Janis Joplin and Kurt Cobain, all helped make secondhand style a visual marker for youth in revolt. --Cover.

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