Thrift stores are usually second hand dealers and while the license for conducting business in New York City within our field is given as 2nd Hand Dealer, anybody can understand that when it comes to understanding Small business NYC can be a boon and a wonderful headache. It’s important to keep in mind that at L Train Vintage all of our clothing are hand selected Vintage, Retro, and Contemporary upcycled goods. What is Upcycling? Well firstly lets define recycling. Recycling is the process of breaking something down into its little itsy bitsy parts and then making something new out of it: hence Plastic!
Recycled materials are broken down into pieces. Upcycled materials are repurposed and reimagined into something new. Upcycling is a new term to describe a new market that is coming into being in the 21st Century. Upcycling is about taking an object that has outlived its original commercial use and reinventing it to meet the needs of now.
There’s Plenty of examples!
Saving trees from the death that is paper napkins! Turning them into lux cloth napkins!!
Our favorite definition is “to process [a material] so as to produce something that is often better than the original: I upcycled a stained tablecloth into curtains.” or napkins!
Upcycled is about finding materials in the market place that the people reinvent, like pop-song remixes, or awesome covers of oldies, somethings are always popular, powerful, and beautiful. We at Ltrainvintage try to find those items and in a large part depend on the imagination and excellence of our customers to find new ways to use items that we think are worthy, so we say thank you.
Our great selection is heavily dependent on our great customers. The more items are sold the more incentive we have to find what is next new and awesome from the past.
We can find the roots of upcycling all through out art history and pop-music history.
From Dada which used broken and old material and turned it into art, to neoclassicism which upcycled greek and roman culture from ancient times into the enlightenment of the 17th Century and for the architecture of the White House. This is a process that is as old and unique as humanity itself.
Most of our clothes are ‘used’, but in reality what in nature hasn’t been used? Not to wax philosophical , because i can and will, but the natural world is a process of upcycled atoms from stars to slugs to the hand of the greatest novelist who typed the prose that we love to read. Even our genetic code is old, useful, reused and eventually made new. Many of our customers take older clothes and refashion them into new outfits and social purposes. Its like mutations of the genetic code! One genetic Fugue hundreds of fashion variations!
A Short Clip on upcycled genes by the wonderful Cosmos hosted by Carl Sagan.