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Second Hand: Is there a point missing?
Sending the wrong message?
There is an inordinate amount of phrases and words that have negative connotations that really should have more positive meanings. These words and phrases have a large impact into how we (ourselves and as a society) view the world around us. Sometimes I have to wonder with a language as vast as ours if we are too often sending the wrong message to the next generation by over using words with double meanings. But what do we do?
Why is second hand such a bad thing?
Seriously, why is second hand such a bad thing? The double meanings and strong negative connotations associated with the phrase “second hand” and the word “thrift” have had me baffled for a long time. How I was raised taught me to appreciate what I had including second hand items.
How have others treated me and my second hand items?
As a child no one said anything really. No one other than those who passed along items knew that my ridiculously expensive clothes were in reality hand-me-downs.
So why is there still a stigma surrounding “thrifting” and consignment shopping?
Why is it there still a bigger emphasis placed on buying something new over just wearing something you like regardless of where it came from?
I can see an argument being made that it is all about consumerism and how industry/marketing has implanted in our (society) heads an emphasis on new vs. second hand. Yes, I can clearly see that argument. In working with kids I see how the more money a family has the larger the emphasis is on having the new trendy thing. How it doesn’t really matter your income, you want to have a new thing but money is what dictates what you have. The monetarily poor get left out.
The value of second hand in a flawed system
So here is where the stigma with “second hand” really bothers me. The foster care system (in general) places a high value/standard on new over second hand. DCS has its reasons and plenty of people with good intentions buy into those reasons and don’t see their hand in making changes as having anything but a positive outlook. However life is rarely so clear cut.