Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Businesses like Goodwill and Salvation Army exist to provide an under resourced and disadvantaged community with affordable goods needed to clothe their families and provide resources for their children.
But ask any Pentecostal what their local Salvation Army is there for and by golly they’ll tell ya “To make me fabulous, for CHEAP!”
The Pentecostal romance with the musty racks of the local “Sally’s” and “The Will” go back for decades. In the late 80’s and early 90's there was a resurgence of the “vintage” look and Goodwill’s became the go-to place for affordable retro looking clothes.
Never mind the fact that the Goodwill’s are there for people who can’t afford the off-the-rack prices most of us can, we need our throwback tee’s and we need them for thirty-six cents (plus tax)!
Of course I was guilty of this, but who wasn’t? The coolest tie I’ve ever owned was a vintage Dior tie from the Goodwill by our district camp ground I bought for $1.25. My favorite tee in high school was a Hard Rock San Francisco tee I purchased from a local Sally’s, and doggone it I wore that thing like it was hand designed by Domenico Dolce himself!
The humor isn’t in the obsession, it’s in the irony. Our religious subculture is more saturated with fashion crazed vanity than any religious subculture this side of The UK, yet we have no problem putting on the attire of someone’s dead grandmother that when we purchased we actually uttered the phrase “oh the cleaners will get that out.”
Pentecostal convocations are the only place in the world where you can find a girl wearing $200 Isaac Mizrahi stiletto’s, $35 fishnets, a $300 Elie Tahari skirt and a $4.50 button down from St. Vincent De Pauls.
Ironic? Yes. Tasteless? Absolutely. Fabulous? UBER Fabulous!