This morning I ventured into a new Goodwill Store that opened close to our store. They've done some great things with their new branding and it smelled great! That's not often mentioned about a Goodwill... That's where the good remarks end. As I walked in I was bombarded with messages along the walls and ceilings that said things like "Buy Stuff Create Jobs" "It's about supporting kids by hiring their Parents"
Let's get something straight, if you buy enough "stuff" at any business it will create the demand to hire more people at that business and thus create jobs. If you look into Goodwill's business model their claim to charity is hiring people with disabilities. You have to dig pretty good into their self promoting jargon to find that too, by the way. Their charitable cause, in their own words, is they hire people. Give me a break. Oh, they don't have to pay taxes either. Read this article we shared on our Facebook page written about Goodwill by the Huffington Post for further information on this.
We hire people, pay taxes, and give the consumer a fair trade. We pay you for your clothes you no longer want! Lets summarize: So Goodwill has no taxes, gets free inventory, hires people at less than minimum wage, in most cases, and because of a loop hole, it's all legal! You can donate your unwanted clothes to whoever you want, but if it's me I'm choosing to donate clothes to an organization that I trust their system or recycle them, or sell them!
Please stop donating to Goodwill, there are plenty of other alternatives!
So, like I said before, we will pay you cash or trade for your clothes. For the clothes we don't make you an offer on we have teamed up with two great local charities and we'll take your clothes and donate to them for you!
Guadalupe Economic Services, is one of our charity partners. They take the clothes we don't purchase from you and distribute them locally and to surrounding South Plains rural communities. This charity is located in Northeast Lubbock and also reaches out to their neighborhood with their on-site clothing closet and their fundraisers, which include a garage sale with any items they still have at the end of the year.
Did you know Lubbock has the biggest land fill per capita in the state of Texas? So much of that is clothing items. Effortless Recycling takes clothing, any fabric, any texture and sends it off to be recycled and made into new clothing. For the items that are still in great condition, they work with organizations for local and 3rd world charitable distribution.
Disclaimer: This is more of a personal post, but there will be more fashion, art, and all things Culture Clothing in the future:
As a business owner, I'm always trying to answer this question in a way that will satisfy the consumer. "What does the consumer want?" is a common question that rattles around in my head. If you're looking for a static/straight forward answer here it is: Culture Clothing sells the best in fashion-forward, designer, and vintage resale clothing for Men & Women in Lubbock, TX at a total steal.
What I want that answer to sound like is this:
I want to offer something more through fashion, art, and community by using Culture Clothing as that landing place. I desperately want to meet the needs of the people who walk through our door. Many times those needs are met when you find a pair of shoes, or pants, but what if Culture Clothing became the first place you thought of when you think about Lubbock shopping, art, culture?
Downtown Lubbock is in the middle of a revitalization and I want Culture Clothing to be the staple of this area at best and at worst put a stake in the ground as store that's refreshing, eccletic, and colorful that meets the needs of people.
If you're reading this post you're a loyal shopper of our store and I sincerely thank you. It's because of you we can keep doing what we're doing and help in making Lubbock the place we all want.
On a completely different note that should make you happy!
Just use 50/50 as your promo code when checking out in our online store!
We've had a lot of interest in an online shopping option, and I'm happy to announce we have it! The merchandise is very limited right now, but will grow as we assess the items you want to purchase online! Our main goal is to make it convenient for our customers who have moved from Lubbock to still browse at Culture Clothing. The online store will only carry select items hand-picked by our staff, and will be limited based on availability. If you see anything on any of our social networking sites that you'd like to purchase online, just let us know and we can make it available on the online store. This will be a secure, and convenient way to purchase through Paypal and we can ship to you in most cases 2-10 business days! You can shop the online store HERE! Thanks and enjoy!
Have you ever wondered, "What's the difference between Resale, Thrift, and Consignment Stores? We have! These types of stores have similiarities, but are all different in their respective business models. One main necessity about thrift stores is they are non-profit. The majority, if not all of their merchandise is donated, which allows them to sell their items for less, but every dime of the profit from their sells goes to fund a charitable cause. The next model is consignment shops.
Consignment stores are probably the majority of our entire resale industry and offer some really high quality products at lower prices because they don't pay the seller for the item until the item sells. This is huge advantage to the shop because there is no financial risk to them. If the item doesn't sell they didn't lose any money. Consignment makes up about 30% of our store. It's a great way for the customer and the store to make a profit. Finally this brings us to resale shops. This is us!
We pay outright for the majority of the items in our store. We pay cash or store credit to you when you bring your items in! This allows us to be selective about the quality of our items, but also means the price tag will be higher than thrift shops albeit way lower than retail! In most cases we can save you 50% or more off retail prices, and we guarantee the item will be in 'like new' quality!
Hope this helps in clarifying this growing industry! We are proud to be a part of it and can't wait to grow our brand with customers like you! Thanks for reading!
They say that along with history, fashion will always repeat itself. About every 20 years trends will come back into style again. So lets think back to where we were 20 years ago. That would put us right smack in the middle of 1993! That means…. We’re bringing the 90’s back!
The decade of Pop-up Video, falling in love with Ross and Rachel on Friends, learning valuable life lessons from Boy Meets World and watching the Olsen twin’s grow up on Full House was defined by crazy fashions with bright neon colors and acid wash denim. Overalls and LOTS of bandanas were a trademark in the decade of Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins grunge followers. In 2013, we are starting to see these trends come back into style. From runways to the streets, we are seeing some of the signature pieces from the 90’s creep back into the fashion spectrum. Some people who grew up in the 90’s are starting to feel a bit nostalgic, while others are cringing in fear of the return of grunge and the ever-fashionable styles of Cher and Dionne from Clueless.
More and more everyday we are receiving pieces in our store that are 90’s inspired. And we want to share with you these awesome finds and help you integrate them into your existing wardrobe. That is a huge part of what we want people to get out of our clothes that we have in Culture Clothing. We want you to find those one of a kind pieces that you cannot find anywhere else. Here are some of our favorite pieces that are making a comeback and have made their way into Culture Clothing.
Bandanas: Remember when all you needed as a hair accessory was a good bandana? Well thank goodness that is coming back! We love a good hair accessory in CC. Sometimes it’s just too hot to wear a hat or a turban! Whether you buy a bandana headband at Urban Outfitter or American Apparel or you use a piece of scrap fabric, everyone can rock this look. Wear your hair down and wavy or up in a topknot, bandanas are going to be a staple this year in fashion! Left: Urban Outfitter 90’s inspired bandana Right: CMB Designer, Casey, wearing a floral headpiece.
Overalls: Who didn’t love a good pair of overalls? Honestly? I can remember back to my 9 years of being alive in the 90’s and I vividly remember my mom rocking a pair of blue jean shorts overalls. They have tried and failed multiple times for a come back in the last 13 years but I have a feeling they will be successful in this years attempt. Right: Of course we have to show our favorite fashion blogger, The Man Repeller, Leandra Medine in her awesome Stella McCartney overalls. Left: Overalls we have in our store.
Cut-off Mom Jeans: Every child can remember being embarrassed of those awful high-waisted “mom” jeans. For the fashion forward people in the 90’s cutting them off into shorts was extremely popular. Add an embellishment to pockets or a cool belt and you could have awesome high-waist shorts. These have been making a comeback for the last year and have become a summer staple in 2013. Right: Beverly Hills 90210 stars Tori Spelling and Shannen Doherty Left: Waisted Shorts in our store made by Lauren Reavis
Dr. Martens: What person didn’t own a pair of “Docs” back in the 90’s? Either you had the full lace up boots or those hideous but extremely popular strappy sandals. If you didn’t own a pair you were no one. These are making an awesome comeback. Everyone could use a pair in their wardrobe. A good pair of Dr. Martens or Dr. Martens inspired boots can add edge to any outfit. Left: Gunmetal Metallic Dr. Martens and Right: Tessa wearing Dr. Marten inspired metallic boots.
The 90’s are back, guys. So pull out your old Dr. Martens and favorite flannels because it’s here whether people like it or not. Make sure to come into Culture Clothing and check out our 90s inspired pieces because we are getting new stuff everyday! We hope to see y'all in the store soon!! -Lauren