Monthly Archives: November 2011

No vintage.

A relative visiting from Argentina expressed her huge fascination with op shops in Melbourne. Apparently they just don’t have them in Mendoza. She explained that if things are broken or torn they are mended, and there was no issue about things going out of style. Items are used for their entire life span, usually by the same person or family.

It gave rise to a curious mix of feelings in me. On the one hand, I felt fleeting shame that we as a city have such a compulsion to buy new things rather than make do. What does that say about us? On the other hand I felt pride to be a part of the cycle of recycling. That’s a good thing, right? Hmmm…