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Jennifer Lackman opened the Underground Fashion Exchange in the basement of Western Pawnbrokers.


LARRY MAYER, Billings Gazette


Lackman’s clothing collection comes from his own wardrobe, as well as his daughter’s clothes from the past five years. She has also visited estates and yard sales, auctions and thrift stores, looking for quality clothing to resell with an emphasis on brands like Levi’s, Carhart, Pendleton and designer jeans, as well. only one-of-a-kind finds in used bins.

“It’s important to me,” Lackman said. “There are too many things in the world. When you go all over the world and live in Seoul… what do they have to do with their waste and how it gets separated. It’s their law, you don’t get a chance to just throw things away. I just want to recycle everything.

“Fast fashion” has become one of the biggest garbage generators in the world, and on average, a person in the United States throws away over 80 pounds of clothing each year. Unwanted clothes pile up in landfills and even textile recyclers, who ship the materials overseas, adding to global waste.






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Jennifer Lackman opened the Underground Fashion Exchange in the basement of Western Pawnbrokers.


LARRY MAYER, Billings Gazette


For Lackman, finding discarded gems is part of the fun. “There is nothing quite like a great find and something cool that I think someone else would appreciate,” she said. “I can’t even afford (to buy new) some of the clothes I have. “

Tucked away in the basement under Western Pawnbrokers and Farwest Gallery, Lackman embraces the underground aesthetic. The little shop in the basement has one room, and Lackman sells clothes or pays cash for the items, but doesn’t deposit any clothes, making it an anomaly among second-hand clothing stores. She selects and stores used clothes racks by hand in a way that represents her own interests and personality. Chances are, one of the clothes a customer tries on is the one she was wearing herself.


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