344 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 24 halftones, notes, index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-3190-5
Published: March 2017
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-3189-9
Published: March 2017
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-3191-2
Published: February 2017
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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.
About the Author
Jennifer Le Zotte is assistant professor of history and material culture at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington.
For more information about Jennifer Le Zotte, visit the Author Page.
“A rich and timely cultural history of secondhand clothing.”--Business History Review
"From Goodwill to Grunge is an impressive and imaginative work of scholarship that will become essential reading for historians of capitalism, fashion, and consumer culture. " --American Historical Review
"Le Zotte's. . . vivid account of secondhand exchanges and styles compellingly demonstrates the significance of the material culture of dress in social, economic, and cultural history." --Critical Studies in Fashion and Beauty
“Accessible and highly readable, From Goodwill to Grunge is a long-awaited look at the secondhand clothing industry. Jennifer Le Zotte offers an important contribution to a vibrant and growing body of scholarship that considers clothing as a central part of American cultural history."--Deirdre Clemente, author of Dress Casual
"From Goodwill to Grunge tells the fascinating history of secondhand markets and their role in shaping American fashion and shopping economies. Jennifer Le Zotte skillfully recreates a world where luxury and thrift are two sides of the same coin for Americans and will make you nostalgic for the clothes you wish you still owned."--Tanisha Ford, author of Liberated Threads
"Packed with intriguing surprises and fascinating juxtapositions and connections, From Goodwill to Grunge offers a history of secondhand merchandising in thrift stores, flea markets, and garage sales interwoven with an analysis of the cultural meanings of secondhand consumption, especially clothing. Jennifer Le Zotte brings imagination, ingenuity, and extensive research to a book that provides fresh perspectives and eye-opening analysis to the history of American consumer culture."--Susan Strasser, author of Waste and Want: A Social History of Trash