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the rag trade, clothing is not garbage

Shmatte   Shmatte: an old article of clothing, a “rag” in fashion and clothing-industry slang, shabby, cheap stuff. Hence, the “rag trade.” Shmatte, a wonderful Yiddish word derived from Polish, and until you’ve heard it said by an old Jewish lady, shopping with her friend on the Upper East Side, you can’t really get a feel for it. Trust me.  I saw […]

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