going West

Charity shops in some parts of London sell second-hand dresses for £149 and linen shirts for £30. The clothes are arranged according to colour — a white zone, an orange zone, a khaki zone, black, purple, red, blue and so on — and the shop manager’s entire being appears to be trained on vanishing the idea of shame from the second-hand experience. No one who comes to these areas need feel poor: you are philanthropic and possibly anorexic, but definitely not desperate. It is also likely that you donate to The Dog Samaritans.

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