Converting My Mom to a New Religion: Thrifting

Growing up in Soweto, second-hand clothes were always frowned upon in Lerato Mbangeni's family.

My mother never knew of thrifting before I mentioned the word to her a few weeks ago. Even then, I’m sure it slipped into her ear and straight into the discard box of her brain. But she knows about those heaps of clothes on the side of the road in the CBD and when she found out that I sometimes dig through those she laugh-yelled and clapped her hands in disbelief.

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